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Tamiya 1/350 scale conversion
USS La Vallette (DD-448)

by Mike Winters

USS La Vallette (DD-448)


Tamiya's 1/350 scale Fletcher Class Destroyer is available online from Squadron




This is the 1/350-scale Tamiya kit of the destroyer Fletcher modified to represent the La Vallette, DD 448.

Tied alongside is a PT boat, pictured somewhere in the Solomon Islands in late 1942.

I used after-market weapons form L'Arsenal, PE from Tom's Modelworks and scratch building to upgrade the Tamiya kit, as well as the Iron Shipwrights resin boat.



Gloss gel medium coats the sea surface. Paints are PollyScale.

I especially like using EZ Line, a model railroading product, for the rigging.



The twin 40 mms by L'Arsenal are beautiful products and really help La Vallette stand out--it is one of the few Fletcher-class destroyers with a twin 40 on the fantail.


Image and Text Copyright 2009 by Mike Winters
Page Created 26 May, 2009
Last Updated 26 May, 2009

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