Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Here's a picture of the 1/350 scale Dragon USS Buchanan I just finished painting. It took quite a while to assemble but the actual painting went quite quick. The model is a X-gift for Wifey's dad.

The Buchanan was the WWII Destroyer my wife's grandfather served on during WWII. In addition to her Presidential Unit Citation, Buchanan earned sixteen battle stars in World War II.

Sorry about the dark photo, I was too lazy to set up good lighting.This was a nice model kit, I'm happy with the way it turned out considering it was my first naval model.


Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 4- 20mm AAG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. February 11 1941.
Launched November 22 1941 and commissioned March 21 1942.
Decommissioned May 21 1946 and recommissioned December 11 1948.
Decommissioned April 28 1949.
Stricken June 7 1949.
To Turkey April 28 1949, renamed Gelibolu.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1976.

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