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Welcome to my model page.   Here is one of my model boat projects.  I have built the USS Crockett PG-88.  

The USS Crockett (PG - 88) is one of the seventeen Gunboats in the Asheville Class.   These are the largest patrol type craft built by the Navy after World War II.  This class was the firstlake10.jpg (28296 bytes) group of the US Navy ships to be powered by a gas turbine power plant. These ships have a Combination Diesel and Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system with twin diesel engines for economical cruise and a gas turbine for high-speed operations.

The Dumas model of the Crockett is by no doubt, a builders boat. She measures 51" long with a 7" beam and features a hull that is strip planked with 1/8 "x " balsa over a die-cut mahogany frame, while the superstructure is a conventional plywood box structure. Deck Hardware Set #2105 contains more than 80 white cast fittings. Included in the deck hardware are all the armaments needed to send her into battle. The Running Hardware kit #2341 is the twin screw running hardware kit used to drive the Crockett. It has everything needed to complete your drive line except the motors. To power the Crockett, use two Dumas #2004 motors and a  6 volt battery.  


As I sit here thinking about the last two years of building, I am happy with the final model.   I can 2.jpg (70992 bytes) remember opening the box and seeing all the wooden parts and wondering what I had gotten myself into?  I then looked through the parts and delighted in the possibilities, thinking of what I was going to do. This was going to be an enjoyable challenge.

I am happy with this kit and recommend it to other modelers.  props2.jpg (8299 bytes)During this review, I have built this kit following the included instructions.  Not happy with just building it straight from the box,  I have taken this kit further than described in the plans, and thus my extras have really added to the overall appearance of this ship. 

lake7.jpg (24585 bytes)As mentioned, the only shortfall with this fine kit is the assembly instructions.  This is the main purpose for my effort in the "step by step" area on my review web site.


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