|Corresponding literature refer to the 96 units of the last destroyer class built for the US Navy before WWII as the Benson-/Gleaves-/Livermore- and Bristol-Class. This is largely due to technical
differences and different weapons arrangement. At the end of the war all surviving destroyers had very similar weapons on board. The Bensons were an improvement of the Sims class. For the first
time the engine compartment were arranged in boiler room – turbine room - boiler room – turbine room configuration. A torpedo hit did not automatically mean the loss of propulsion.
Displacement: 2,590 ts full load
Length: 348’ 4” (106.2 m)
Beam: 36’ 1” (11 m)
Draught: 13’ 2” (4.01 m)
Power: 50.000 PS / 2 shafts
Speed: 35 knots
Range: 3880 sm at 20 knots
My USS Buchanan is displayed recovering shipwrecked personnel. This actually happened on August 9, 1942 after a night fight near Guadalcanal. The ship is stopped and prepares to recover the
drifting shipwrecked survivors. The starboard cutter is being launched and the net is brought out. The watch below is standing by to help the survivors and watching the scene. I used the awesome
Dragon kit of the Buchanan in 1942 fit. First I didn´t really know how to display the ship, I only knew I wanted to paint the three-tone-scheme Measure 12 and not the boring blue over all of Measure
21. Therefore I searched for an occasion where Buchanan took part in a Measure 12 scheme and I found it in the Warship Pictorial book on the Buchanan, which I bought soon after the kit.
Because of the quality of the kit, I didn’t purchase any photo-etch from WEM or GMM. I thought the Cyber Hobby fret would be good enough, but when I wanted to purchase this it was sold out.