Shipwright 1:350 scale USS Detroit
is a one-piece full hull model depicting the ship in its 1945 fit. One of ten
Omaha class light cruisers, Detroit
was launched in 1922. Ships of this class were intended to be "scouts" -
lightly armed cruisers capable of good speed and long range whose primary mission
was to scout ahead of the main battle fleet. With their distinctive 4-stack design and
casemated 6" guns, Omaha class ships were an aging design that was outdated
by World War II. Nevertheless they were used in a variety of roles. Detroit
escorted convoys, participated in the Aleutians campaign, and supplied shore bombardment
at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Her six battle stars were the most earned by any Omaha
Displacement: 7,050 tons; 9,150 tons full load
Length: 555' 6" oa, 550' wl; Beam: 55' 4"
Range: 8,460nm @ 10 kts; Top Speed: 34 kts
Armament (as built): Twelve 6" (2x2, 8x1); two 3"
Mines: 224 Torpedoes: six 21" (2x3)
Aircraft: 2, Catapults: 2
The Iron Shipwright kit represents Detroit
as she appeared after her 1945 refit. Some of her 6" casement guns were landed,
to be replaced by 40mm AA mounts. Her torpedo tubes were also removed, and she carried
eight 3"50 caliber guns midship. The refit also replaced her Kingfisher float planes
with Curtis SOC Seagulls.
Much of the superstructure detail has been cast into the hull of the Iron Shipwright
kit, so Detroit should go together rather easily. The pictures don't convey the
extreme narrowness of this vessel relative to its length. The model has a distinctive
spear-like appearance that should translate into an eye-catching display piece. The kit is
an all resin affair. There is no white metal. A customized etched brass fret is included,
as well as the brass rod needed to fabricate the tripod and mainmast. Jon Warneke
fabricated the master pattern and provided production assistance. The kit will be
available late March at a suggested retail price of $210.
For further information contact
Commanders Models, Inc.
Iron Shipwright Series
551 Wegman Road
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: 1-888-IRONSHIP (1-888-476-6744)
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