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Friday, February 02, 2018 - 08:42 AM GMT+7
Round 2 has reissued Lindberg’s classic USN “Blue Devil” destroyer.
This kit is a reissue of Lindberg’s USS Melvin (DD-680), or “Blue Devil” Fletcher class destroyer kit. At 1/125 scale, it makes for an impressive three foot long model – a real “dream kit” for many of us as kids in the 1960s!

According to Round 2, who have been reissuing many of these old Lindberg kits:

“The USS Melvin (DD-680), known as the Blue Devil, was a Fletcher class destroyer used during World War II. It hit the Pacific in 1944 and earned 10 battle stars for its heroic service. This impressive model is more than 3 feet in length. The new lidded box displays vintage art from the original 1960s release. Collectors will want a copy just to display. The decals and painting instructions included enabling the modeler to choose from several authentic variations.

•AUTHENTIC DECAL SHEET WITH MULTIPLE VARIATIONS
•MOVABLE TURRETS, RADAR, AND TORPEDO TUBES
•STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS WITH DETAILED PAINT OPTIONS
•RESTORED VINTAGE BOX ART
•OVER 3 FEET LONG
•R/C COMPATIBLE”

The Blue Devil is available from various on-line retailers at about US$75.00.

http://round2corp.com/product/blue-devil-destroyer-without-motor/
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Never seen one of these built but it always intrigued me. I reacll it was made for R/c and detail was secondary. Anyone have any first-hand experience with it?
FEB 04, 2018 - 10:15 AM
Nostalgia only. With more recent 1/144 scale kits or even 1/350 kits having better detail.
FEB 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM
I do, as I've built two in my lifetime. My recommendation is to save your money. I built one with my Dad in the 60s (which we "deep sixed" in a nearby lake), the other for commission. And I hope I never have to build another-- although its a quick build as a large scale ship goes. Scale is anybody's guess, as its off dimensionally in several areas. I'm not sure if it represents any hull class of ship in the USN, and details in guns, radars, superstructure and other areas are soft and toylike. I guess it makes a good R/C "starter" hull. If you really want something nice, fairly accurate, and worth the money, go with Revell's 1/144 scale early Fletcher Class destroyer, which was much more rewarding. I built one for commission, after building the Lindberg kit for the same customer. He, like me, was pretty disgusted with the built up model, and finally sprang for the Revell kit and Eduard detail set I recommended in the first place, but he thought the Lindberg kit could be built into a destroyer representing the USS Johnston. Not so, it really doesn't resemble anything "real". VR, Russ
FEB 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM
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