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Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 07:55 PM UTC
Another ship kit from Flyhawk model and in two versions. This one is of the first the ship that fired America's first shot in the Second World War, the Wickes class destroyer USS Ward.
The Ward was a First World War era ship commissioned July 24th, 1918. She was decomissioned in 1921 and recommissioned in 1941. She fired America's first shot of the Second World War at a Japanese midget submarine operating outside the enterance of Pearl Harbor on December 7rh, 1941, less than 30 minutes before Japanese naval aircraft made their attack on the harbor itself.

She served in the Pacific until December 7th, 1944, three years to the day of her first engagement with the enemy, she was struck by a kamikaze aircraft and suffered irreperable damage. She was sunk by gunfire from the USS O'Brien, whose commanding officer, William W. Outerbridge, had been in command of Ward during her action off Pearl Harbor three years before.

Both kits have full hull options. The limited edition kit differs from the basic kit in that it includes extra brass pieces and detailed resin parts.

Both kits are available at Free Time Hobbies. The basic kit (FH 1106) is $21.95 (US) plus shipping and the Limited Edition (FH 1106s) is $29.95 plus shipping.
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Looks like another fine one for he stash list soon!!
APR 02, 2015 - 09:55 PM
Beautiful appearing kit of a four-stacker! Has one been released in 1/350 before?
APR 03, 2015 - 10:28 AM
Michael, I think you've got the scale wrong. On the 'Homepage' + 'News' link there's a big red square with 1/350 in it. Tom
APR 03, 2015 - 11:27 AM
Dang! Thanks, Allycat. My applogies to those if I got your hopes up for the wrong scale!
APR 03, 2015 - 03:38 PM
Hasn't this been around for several months??...
APR 03, 2015 - 07:44 PM
Yes but I had missed it and still thought it was worth putting up here.
APR 04, 2015 - 12:56 AM
The model is so nice, it's worth putting up anywhere!
APR 04, 2015 - 03:15 AM
I had not heard about it, so I'm glad it's here!
APR 05, 2015 - 09:59 PM
For anyone planning to build this model: there is a tiny molding blip half way up the main top mast which is a potential weak point. You can see on the pic above that I posted that it snapped at that point . The second one I'm building, I replaced the topmast with a piece of brass rod - much more secure!
APR 06, 2015 - 04:24 AM
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