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REVIEW
Revell's Fletcher Class Destroyer
Gunny
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 12:21 AM UTC
This is Steve Hornberger's (Hatter50) first contribution to MSW in the form of the long awaited Revell Germany's 1/144 scale Fletcher Class Destroyer.

A model open to a almost infinite convertions...Enjoy!

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
~Gunny
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 01:06 AM UTC
Nice looking ship. Oh the decisions we must make as builders. Get it or not!?!?!?

Thanks for the review Steve!

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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 02:05 AM UTC
Nice review and good pictures, definately the one kit I am going to get this year - hope theres some updates on the way.
CaptSonghouse
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 05:34 AM UTC
Yep, I'll need to get more than a couple to satisfy my diorama demands. This kit will certainly inspire many, many aftermarket products.

I wonder if Revell will produce a crew figure set like they've done for the 1:72 U-boat & S-boat line?

--Karl
Hatter50
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 05:54 AM UTC
This is a good basic kit, but I'm now waiting for a large PE super detail set to be forthcoming. THAT will make this kit POP!!!! Not to mention "Popping" my wallet....

Regards
Steve
Karybdis
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 06:21 AM UTC
I'm so happy to see that this kit has hull plating. Excellent, thanks for the review and the great photos! So hard to resist getting this...

BTW, with ship models, this isn't really a "BIG kit" per se. For many of us who have built a large 1/350 battleship or carrier, this is pretty much within acceptable parameters (which is why I suspect RoG stuck with 1/144 for this subject). 31" is pretty close to the length of a 1/350 Iowa class battleship or Akagi carrier. Trumpeter's 1/350 Nimitz is about 37" long... Around these parts of the hobby, the real biggies of note are the 1/250 and up battleships (1/200 Yamato is 48").
CaptSonghouse
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 10:11 AM UTC

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31" is pretty close to the length of a 1/350 Iowa class battleship or Akagi carrier. Trumpeter's 1/350 Nimitz is about 37" long... Around these parts of the hobby, the real biggies of note are the 1/250 and up battleships (1/200 Yamato is 48").



And Lindberg's Graf Zeppelin is 56 inches long!

--Karl
Karybdis
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:43 AM UTC
And Soar Art's 1/144 Yamato is 72" long.

But my point wasn't to see what kind of crazy large scale kits we can come up with (there's always something bigger)-- just that 31" is pretty much within the "usual" for what builders deal with in a common popular scale like 1/350.
Hatter50
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 12:02 PM UTC
Dade.............I hear ya on the 72" kit. My dinky little 31" kit is small by those standards (but i don't want to have to purchase a new house to build it either ).

I'm just extatic over having a good kit to START from and not have to struggle to fix too many kit-maker errors.

While waiting for the PE guys to get geared up........I have a few things i can work on and plan for.

I'm just happy as a clam right now.

Regards
Steve
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 01:53 AM UTC
Thanks for the review!

I have to wait 2 more years until I start to build “big stuff”… my eldest is going to college, and she still does not know her study room shelves will be MINE all MINE at that time! !

Wingster1974
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009 - 07:16 AM UTC
Hey all,
I have the kit (Fletcher 1/144scale)and it is awsome. but in this time of economy and looking for a great deal, I recently saw an add for the photoetch at about $86, rather than the $100. Can anybody point me in the right direction!
JMartine
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 01:43 AM UTC

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Hey all,
I have the kit (Fletcher 1/144scale)and it is awsome. but in this time of economy and looking for a great deal, I recently saw an add for the photoetch at about $86, rather than the $100. Can anybody point me in the right direction!



hi Danny, welcome to MSW!

An easy way to keep tabs of sales/prices is to subscribe to the email newsletter from online vendors, as well as the old venerable Squadron monthly flier. You just never know when (or where) a particular kit will pop out on sale. LuckyModel usually has free shipping (and great prices) for lion roar PE products