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U.S.S. Watters DD-115 Static Build Scale 1/350
« on: March 28, 2017, 08:46:55 PM »

Ok Folks, I have interrupted my Arizona build to get this project done for a dear friend.  He has asked me to build a model of the Wilks class WW2 Destroyer U.S.S. Watters DD-115.  I have selected a fine kit from Iron Shipwrights of the U.S.S. Ward DD-139 as a base model.  Fortunately, these 4 stackers were all pretty similar, so I won't have to make many changes.  I just have pictures to go by at this point.  There are line drawings of the Watters available, but I am reluctant to pay the large sums required if I don't have to.  The Watters keel was laid July 26, 1917.  She honorably served through 3 theaters of war and was scrapped  Nov. 21, 1946.  The model is resin and PE parts with lots of detail for the scale.  It will be a challenging and fun build.  Hope you all enjoy it as well.  Cheers,  Dennis
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 10:56:00 PM »

In at the start and following Dennis. :-))

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Ray.
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Re: U.S.S. Watters DD-115 Static Build Scale 1/350
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 01:20:25 AM »

Dennis,
 Not to be too much of a stickler for details, but the USS Watters, was actually the USS Waters.  Also the question arises, are you building her a DD-115 early in the war, or as ADP-8 circa 1943? Either way, I look forward to your build. The latter configuration should be a bit of a challenge.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 01:35:16 AM »

I stand corrected.  I guess I stutter sometimes.  Yes, it is U.S.S. Waters DD-115.  I will be attempting to render her prior to being modifed to "fast troop carrier".  That modification was interesting in that one boiler was removed to make room for cargo and troops, yet I think her speed was still very good.  Thanks for making that point.
Regards,  Dennis :embarrassed:
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 09:03:41 PM »

Interesting conversion project.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_transport

Yet another interesting build topic to follow into the spring  :-))
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 10:30:57 PM »

Interesting indeed.  Looks like the conversion resulted in a 10 knot loss of speed.  25 knts was not shabby though.  I believe she would carry  two to four landing craft on deck as well.  The request for this build was not of the APD.. .it would be interesting to do.. not sure I've seen a model done that way.


Bottom paint and prop shafts and support struts are done.  I'll be installing screws shortly (they are huge and from the pictures I've seen, they were huge for the ship size.. she must have had the horsepower).  Dennis
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2017, 11:02:53 PM »

Ok, screws, shafts, struts installed.  Bottom paint is on.  Portholes have been drilled.  Dennis
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2017, 11:03:55 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2017, 11:09:58 PM »

This gives you an idea of screw size.  Dennis
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2017, 07:25:03 PM »

More detail. Working on bridge and wanted to get a shot before I put the lid on.  For scale, that is a US dime laying on the foredeck.  Helm wheel is less than 1/8". Fun, fun fun... Dennis
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2017, 07:25:26 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2017, 09:25:52 PM »

Wowsers! Those screws would look proportional on a Cruiser. Knowing the detail you put on the large vesels. you will do great things on this wee model Dennis.

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 09:36:55 PM »

WOW Dennis, that dime sure puts the sizes in perspective - I don't envy you the work to be done on this one. :o

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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2017, 05:19:36 AM »

The magic is beginning to happen and details are coming along.  I happened to have some 30 links per inch chain that is just about right for scale for anchor chain.  Dennis
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Re: U.S.S. Watters DD-115 Static Build Scale 1/350
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2017, 08:44:34 PM »

I like the cigar shape of the hull, very graceful.

You have made excellent progress, you are definitly getting a lot out of this part of the Model boating hobby  :}
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2017, 10:15:52 PM »

Name is on.  Other details mounted as well.  Next will be ships boats and davits.  Nearing the end of this project.  Can't help it, but Bluejacket Shipcrafters has a nice 1/8" scale kit that yields a model almost 40" long (I think) that is of the same 4 stacker DD.  Its hopeless, but I'd love to build her.  Maybe I can convince my doctor friend to commission the build, then I don't have to worry storage  ;)   Dennis
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Re: U.S.S. Watters DD-115 Static Build Scale 1/350
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2017, 10:38:16 PM »

Go on treat yourself Dennis, She will not take up much room as she will be very slim, and think of all the detail you can squidge into her!!

This current model though is looking like a sweetheart.
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