The United States navy embarked on an ambitious ship building program in the 1980s to entirely overhaul and modernize its guided missile destroyer fleet and standardize them on a single, powerful, multi-role hull design with the full AEGIS capability that had proven so successful with the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers. The result of all of this development was the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the first of which, DDG 51, Arleigh Burke, was commissioned in 1985. These vessles represent very powerful surface combatants that can act in any escort role, in surface action groups, or independently to accomplish any anti-air, anti-surface, anti-shipping, or anti-asubmarine warfare role assigned to them. At that time, the US Navy, with the Spruance class destroyers all decommissioning, and other earlier classes (like the nuclear cruisers) decommissioning, began feeling the need for vessels with helicopter hangers so they could house ASW helicopters that were leaving the at-sea fleet as these other classes of vessels were decommissioned.
So, the decision was taken to modify the Burke class destroyers to handle this need, and then continue building them.
These changes have made the Flight IIA Burke destroyers a more potent fighting vessel and able to perform better in the multi-role missions of ASW escorts while sacrificing little in terms of its other war fighting capabilities. To date, thirty-four of these 9,300 ton vessels have been built with more under construction. These will be followedby another iteration, the Flight III Burkes, which will add larger, more powerful AEGIS radars to the vessels. When they are complete, the Burke class destroyers will be the longest running, most numerous class of destroyers in US Navy history with 96 or more of the vessels being built over a 45+ year span.
This Trumpter model comes in a beautifully illustrated box, that is well built and very protective. The plastic parts are, as stated, extremely well detailed and very well modled, down to some of the most intricate parts, so building the model as is, out of the box can also be extremely satisfying.


At the time I purchased the model (almost a year ago) I did not take a hard look at it, other than opening it and making sure all looked in order. All in all the detail of the vessel is quite good with this kit, and I expect it will continue to come together nicely with furute reports. Well, I contacted HobbyLinc and their policy is to only do returns or fixes after three months. At this point, I decided to place the railing on all of the deck areas using the photo etched railing that came with the kit. I then went on to add the missile directors forward and aft (three directers in all, one forward and two aft) the forward and aft smoke stack structure and smoke stacks, and the details above the main deck for the forward deck house and all the details on the main deck forward on the ship from the bridge to the bow. I continued with the Lassen, adding more deck details, like the MK-38 25mm guns, the ship's launches and davits, and numerous other details, and began working on the main mast.
I also had to scratch build the aft, landing pad viewing station, which was on that "S" sprue that was not included with the model, and which I fabricated from spare parts and then used a couple of small rectangular PE parts, painted black, for the windows. Now it was time for placing the model on its stand, doing any final touch up painting and adding a couple of coats of dull coat over the entire thing to give that flat finish and protect the decals. The earlier pictures of the build for the USS Lassen suffice for the overall build portion of this ship. So, both Arleigh Burke, Flight IIA destroyers now completed using the trumpeter kit for the USS Lassen. By Apr 15, 2015, Complete the US Navy Amphibious Ready Group centered om the USS Iwo Jima, adding a CG and a DDG, to the vessels already completed.


By Apr 16, 2015 Go back and finish the rest of the final DDG escorts for the British, French, Japanese, and Russian CSGs. Then, again, once the models are available, I'd like to build an Italian Carrier Strike Group centered on the Cavour and their Horizon DDGs, a Spanish Carrier Strike Group centered on the Juan Carlos and their F-100 AEGIS FFGs, and ultimately an Australian Strike Group centered on the new Canberra Class LPD and the Hobart class AEGIS DDGs. In addition, learning from the experiences of the USS Stark, the new class was built as an all steel design to improve battle damage capabilities. Indeed, some refer to these "new" Burkes as the the Oscar Austin class, the first vessel to be built to the new standard and commissioned in August 2000, though they are officially still named Arleigh Burke class destroyers. Journey into a possible future where Islamic terrorists sharpen their horrific skills & ally with Red China. In addition, the new class introduced sloping and shaping deesign into its structure above the water line to reduce its radar cross section considerably. Although they do not have hangar facilities, they do have a full size landing pad and electronic capabilities to accomodate and support LAMPS III Seahawk helicopters as required. Ford Class) is released from Trumpeter, Tamiya, Dragon, or whomever else, I will add it to this group along with another AEGIS Cruiser. I intend to leave both bays open on the Trumpeter model to show helo flight operations with one helo coming out of one bay, and the other helo on deck preparing to take off, with its bay also open.



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