USS Buchanan in 1:350
December 21, 2014 in Ships
The USS Buchanan was one of 66 Gleaves Class destroyers, a typical representative of the destroyers the US built during the years before the war.
She served in the Pacific during most of the war, starting with the battles around Cuadalcanal in the fall of 1942, went on to do typical destroyer work, escorting convoys and supporting landings, and then ended her wartime career in the bay of Tokyo.
In 1949 she was sold to Turkey, where she served until 1976.
The USS Buchanan was awarded one “Presidential Unit Citation” and sixteen “Battle Stars”, making her one of the most decorated ships in the history of the US-navy.
Her distinguished record played no part whatsoever in my wanting to build her. I built her because of her ultra-kool version of the “Measure 12” camouflage.
Dragons USS Buchanan was the first of their series of US and german destroyers, and I must say that they are excellent kits. The fit and the level of detail is top notch.
The main weakness of the kit are the instructions, that are very compressed and sometimes confusing.
Although the quality of the kit is very good, that doesn’t mean that it is easy to build.
The parts are very small and getting them well aligned is not always easy.
In other words: This is no kit for beginners.
I detailed the model with a PE set from GMM. As usual GMM’s PE is very straightforward and as easy to work with as PE gets. Getting the radar antenna straight and symmetric was the trickiest part of the PE-job.
The only scratchbuilding was the masts, that I built from piano wire and brass tubing as usual.
Masking the camouflage over the upper structure without ruining the PE details, was a bit of a challenge.
I wrote an article about the build and especially the paintjob, that was published in Tamiya Magazine August 2014.
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