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Fletcher - class Destroyer
A minifig-scale replica of a WW II Fletcher class Destroyer
About this creation

This is a minifig-scale replica of a Fletcher class Destroyer from WW II.



These destroyers were used in a variety of roles, from anti-aircraft defense, submarine hunting, shore bombardment, to engaging other ships.



Armament:
Primary: 5 x 5-inch/38 cal. in five single mounts

Long-range anti-aircraft: 10 x 40mm Bofors in five twin mounts

Short-range anti-aircraft: 7 x 20mm Oerlikon in single mounts

Torpedo Tubes: 10 x 21-inch in two quintuple mounts

ASW: 2 racks for 600-lb. charges; 6 “K”-guns for 300-lb. charges

I have tried to remain as faithful as possible to the look of the ships; one change is a decreased number of "K" gun depth charge launchers (4 instead of 6).



Construction notes:
I began building from the main deck up, as I had no idea if I had enough bricks to really build much of the lower hull. After roughing out the main deck and superstructure, I was able to build down basically to the waterline. I hope to eventually finish down to the keel, but we'll see.


The hull is constructed in four segments attached by just enough friction pins to hold it together. It doesn't take much, because it's not built to be moved as a whole anyway. I have tried to make most of the upper deck accessible for detailing, and segments of the lower hull as well, although this begins to affect the sturdiness of the model.


One area the model is weak on is the railing and rigging. The thin flexible tubing is the best material I have right now, although I would like to use some heavy black thread (like LEGO uses with certain sets) to approximate the railing around the deck.


I also know there are issues with color (more on the inside), but there's only so much I can do about that at the moment :)

Currently, I have only photographed some of the exterior of the ship, although I have begun to do some detailing work on the interior.



I relied extensively on the following site for pictures and information about these destroyers.
Source material: www.domeisland.com/fletcherclass




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   overhead shot of the aft of the ship. The crew is wearing 'nonstandard' uniforms -- but Imperial troopers and Clonetroopers were the most numerous minifigs I have. Plus they look so *serious*.



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   View of the foredeck and forward superstructure; from the top down: The main battery director and the 'flying bridge' (with 40mm fire direction gear and observation gear), then the bridge level (with torpedo director and signalling gear), then the radio rooms, then the forward deck house.
You can see the forward 5in guns, then one of the port 40mm antiaircraft cannons. At the lower right you can see one of the ship's launches, and in the far lower right, one of the torpedo batteries.



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   view of the 5in ammo loading station (top) and part of the wardroom.



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   aft crew quarters



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   A closeup of the aft torpedo battery with two 20mm antiaircraft guns in the lower center, one of the 40mm guns in the upper left, and a 5in practice loader in the far right center of the picture.



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   aft battle preparation room and washroom



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   A wide angle shot of the aft of the ship, with the 3 aft 5in guns, and the depth charge racks. At the top is the aft 40mm gun



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   closeup of the bow of the ship. The anchors are able to be raised and lowered (some)



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   Closeup of the bridge area.



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   interior of bridge deck with pilothouse in front, captain's sea cabin (top left) and a tiny bit of the chartroom (top right)



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   closeup of the twin 40mm antiaircraft cannon



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   mid level closeup of the bridge area.



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   side shot of the Combat information Center



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   front view of the CIC



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   aft crew rooms



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   closeup of the stern of the ship, with four 20mm guns and twin depth charge racks.



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   electrical workshop (with a bit of the galley at the far right)



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   engine room detail



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   side view of engine room



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   forward boiler room



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   other side of forward boiler room



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   galley (the stormtrooper with chef's hat is my favorite!)



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   wide angle shot of about 2/3 of the ship



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   second wide angle shot



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   Twin funnels, the forward funnel with a searchlight station, the aft funnel has the fire directors for the 40mm guns immediately below it.



Comments

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  May 19, 2012
well done
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  March 26, 2012
I like it but lower the top a little bit and make the sides smother other than that its great :) :) :) :)
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  March 12, 2011
Awesome ship!!! Could you come and check my sub?
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  March 9, 2011
too much time on your hands.....>:)
Brian Hastings
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bradley b
  February 28, 2010
THAT IS THE BEST WW2 BOAT EVER. 20/10
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  January 10, 2010
words cant even begin to describe how incredible the detail to this destroyer is; have you still got it? really good job ! 10/10!!!!!
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  October 15, 2009
Amazing
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  August 9, 2009
awsome
Brian Hastings
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Christian Leifeling
  July 7, 2009
WOW!!!!! I donīt know any words to describe this, it would be an insult if i would say that this is just a great job. Itīs the best lego-ship i have ever seen
  June 11, 2009
Insane awesome. Your color may have been off, but i think it acually adds quite a bit to the character of the ship. !!! =D
Brian Hastings
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Thomas N
  April 29, 2009
Simply incredible. Simply incredible. Simply incredible. Simply incredible. Simply incredible. Simply...
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  January 28, 2009
Dude best military ship ive ever seen!!
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  January 21, 2009
cool!!!!!
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  September 24, 2008
I can't say nothing but this: Truely Remarkable. I was i had that many legos AND be able to build like that!
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  August 6, 2008
plz review my junkyard figheter
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  May 22, 2008
This is fantastic, but not as good as the Heerman.
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  April 1, 2008
Hi, That's a great MOC! Have you seen the Flickr Military LEGO competition? If you build something new before the end of May you could enter it. http://www.flickr.com/groups/legomilitary/discuss/72157604182049397/ Info is also on Lugnet. There is a Q and A and a submission thread on here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/legomilitary/discuss/ Would love to see what you come up with. cheers Magnus
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  March 31, 2008
Wow. I have seen other destroyers, but nothing like the time effort and detail put into this one. I am at a loss of words to describe it. Wow. P.S... please review my mocs. And keep up the good work.
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  March 1, 2008
1,0001,0001,000,110101010110101010110,101101,10111010011,100110101011,0,10101110, OUT OF FIVE
Brian Hastings
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samuel keenan
  February 15, 2008
Amazing. even though its not all the same colour it still looks great because the colors fit well 2gether. Any way congratz on moc of the day!
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  February 15, 2008
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR THIS IS AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee (PS check aout my creations. that is, check out my creations when there posted=)
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  February 15, 2008
WOW.that is a huge ship!it is realy good but why are there star wars people on it?
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  February 15, 2008
I generally don't see many Fletcher's around MOC pages, this is just cool.
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  January 26, 2008
This deserves Way way way way way way...more then 4 1/2 smilies.
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  January 22, 2008
WOW! That's a lot of detail on one very well replicated model. You sure have a lot of time to build legos and type your descriptions. There is so many words on this page that I think i might just explode! <insert BOOM here> But those words must be very important. Well, 10 outta 5 smiles will do it. Nice MOC :)
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  January 4, 2008
Oh man that's excellent. Very much like the USS Johnston in Leyte. Try making a Yamato class or a USS Missouri!
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  October 10, 2007
I like how you divided the rooms and made it realistic.
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  August 31, 2007
verrry gooood. i love all the details
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  June 8, 2007
lol I spy clones...
Brian Hastings
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Evan MacDonald
  November 5, 2006
please excuse me, as I need to locate my jaw, it appears to have broken thru the floor.
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  September 27, 2006
lol i love it you may try to buld Virginia to it will geat
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  September 14, 2006
Wow it is just amazing
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  June 28, 2006
That is the best lego ship I have ever seen...and the most grey and sand coloured bricks in one place!
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  March 1, 2006
Absolutely the best lego ship i ever sa wit my own 2 eyes. Must o taken u a long time, but u really made a great creation. PROPS
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  February 26, 2006
Wow.
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  March 30, 2005
thats a tight ship. very detailed. im trying to detail my ship some more but ive been busy with work. im about to change the bow into a forward hanger to reduce some weight and add more of a futuristic twist. outstanding ship.
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  March 2, 2005
Amazing! Im speechless!
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  August 17, 2004
WOW! this is a great MOC!! Awesome. A tad rough, but hey! Who cares! The rooms are soo cool! I like the gun turrets. Nice job.
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  February 13, 2004
I think ther are no more words need like these: WOWFantasticSuperlativeOh my god....
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  February 10, 2004
We all know its difficult to build ships, and I think yours is one of the best. Great job.
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  February 9, 2004
WOW! Thats an amazing MOC. I love the detail and the size. I currently building a Liberty class ship frm WWII and now I see it needs to be better to compete with yours. Great Job.
 
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