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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    The 119 class are post war modified Fletchers transferred to the West German navy between 1958 and 1960.
    The Revell kit is specifically "Z1/Z5" by the way. The other three Class 119 later had a deck house added below the mast inbetween the bridge and the forward funnel.

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    Recognition ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    The 119 class are post war modified Fletchers transferred to the West German navy between 1958 and 1960.
    They were:
    Z1 former USS Anthony DD 515,
    Z2 former USS Ringgold DD 500,
    Z3 former USS Wadsworth DD 516 ,
    Z4 former USS Claxton DD 571
    Z5 former USS Dyson DD 572
    Z6 former USS Charles Ausburne DD 570 Burkes flagship with DesRon 23 and the "Little Beavers"

    All early round bridge ships but so you would still need the shapeways bridge and mast but the aft superstructure would be closer to what you are building

    (not my build pic taken from the web)

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    That model has so much modification from the chiseled looks of an original square bridge Fletcher, that I get lost.... thank goodness for the visit to "The Sullivans".... I can follow some of the smaller changes to the German / USA DD shown in the photo.

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    .. the many faces of the Fletchers .....

    Quote Originally Posted by blidgepump View Post
    That model has so much modification from the chiseled looks of an original square bridge Fletcher, that I get lost.... thank goodness for the visit to "The Sullivans".... I can follow some of the smaller changes to the German / USA DD shown in the photo.
    A series of photos from various Fletcher DD's over the years...
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    Very nice photos, indeed!

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    Fletcher DD photos....

    More Fletcher photos ..
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    USS Kidd - fly by....

    The USS Kidd Museum recently posted this photo of a Fletcher Class DD resting on its keel blocks as the Mississippi River flows quietly along towards the Gulf....
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    That's a very nice shot of KIDD! Thanks for sharing. Also, the other two pics of FLETCHER details quite interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbvet View Post
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    That's a very nice shot of KIDD! Thanks for sharing. Also, the other two pics of FLETCHER details quite interesting.

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    The USS Kidd has the best location for maintaining a Fletcher DD in my opinion.
    Fresh water environment, abrasive slit to polish marine growth, dolphin mounting to rise and fall with the River allowing twice a year access to the hull, i.e. built in dry dock, ready volunteer group with extensive mechanical and heavy lift resources. "If only all museum ships had this support" ???
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    Agreed!

    I think the Historic Navy is going to be reduced in the next decade or so due to the continual lack of understanding and willingness to spend the money to maintain these ships the way they need to be maintained (i.e. - TEXAS, NORTH CAROLINA, OLYMPIA). At least NEW JERSEY is located with the ebb and flow of the Delaware; that can't be said for WISCONSIN. Of course, whether or not the individual governing entities do requisite periodic drydocking & upkeep is another story.

    Just my 2 cents worth...

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    Break .....

    HMCNB - Halifax.... ????

    Well there I was minding my own business when the phone rang with the offer to fly right seat to Halifax, NS.....
    So I grabbed the "pre-Packed" Ready "6" bag and landed in Halifax with two days to tour a part of Canada that is new to me.
    And guess what I spied... ??? HMCN ships tied up at dockside. The challenge begins to capture some photos.... stand by for "news"
    Planning to purchase tickets to the maritime museum, too

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    Good stuff!
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