Bluejacket 1/96 310 Foot Destroyer Four Piper - Wickes Class Flush Deck (USS Ward DD-139 / USS Buchanan (HMS Campbeltown) / USS Aaron Ward etc) - 39.5 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Model

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Bluejacket 1/96 310 Foot Destroyer Four Piper - Wickes Class Flush Deck (USS Ward DD-139 / USS Buchanan (HMS Campbeltown) / USS Aaron Ward etc) - 39.5 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Model plastic model kit

1/96 Bluejacket 310 Foot Destroyer Four Piper - Wickes Class Flush Deck (USS Ward DD-139 / USS Buchanan (HMS Campbeltown) / USS Aaron Ward etc) - 39.5 Inch Long Wood and Metal Ship Model

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

Museum quality craftsman model in large scale. Features hardwood, kiln-dried, factory-carved hull, extensive high quality cast Britannia fittings and other hardwood and metal parts as required. Includes very detailed full size plans and illustrated instruction booklet. The kit has never been started. The fittings are all still in the factory sealed bags. The parts that were never factory sealed (hull, wood and metal stock) have been inventoried complete. Includes all paperwork. The Wickes-class destroyers were a successful class of 111 destroyers built between 191719. Along with the 6 preceding Caldwell class and 156 of the very similar Clemson class destroyers, they were commonly known as "flush-deck" or "four-stackers". Although built very quickly (some set a record, like the USS Ward), only a few were completed in time to serve in World War I, including USS Wickes, the lead ship of the class. These Four Stackers saw a great deal of service; the Ward fired the opening shots of WWII and the Ruben James was the first US ship sunk. After the transfer of many of these ships to the British (who were terribly short on destroyers), one of the Lend-Lease ships, USS Buchanan became the HMS Campbeltown which rammed and destroyed the French docks that were big enough to repair the Bismarck class battleships.

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