1944 US Navy Gearing-Class Destroyer 32 Wooden Model Warship. In that time the United States produced 98 Gearing-class destroyers. The Gearing class was a seemingly minor improvement of the previous Sumner class, which were built from 1943 until 1945. The main difference was that the Gearings were 14 feet (4.3 m) longer in the midship section, allowing for increased fuel tankage for greater range, an important consideration in Pacific War operations. More importantly in the long run, the Gearings’ increased size made them much more suitable for upgrades than the Sumners, as seen in the wartime radar picket subclass, the 1950s radar picket destroyer (DDR) and escort destroyer (DDE) conversions, and the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) conversions 1960-65. As designed, the Gearings’ armament was identical to the Sumners’. Three twin 5/38cal Mark 38 dual purpose (DP) mounts constituted the main battery. The 5-inch guns were guided by a Mark 37 Gun Fire Control System with a Mark 25 fire control radar linked by a Mark 1A Fire Control Computer stabilized by a Mark 6 8,500 rpm gyro. This fire control system provided effective long-range anti-aircraft (AA) or anti-surface fire. Twelve 40 mm guns (2 × 4, 2 × 2) and 11 20 mm guns (11 × 1) were also equipped. The initial design retained the Sumners’ heavy torpedo armament of 10 21 (533mm) tubes in two quintuple mounts, firing the Mark 15 torpedo. As the threat from kamikaze aircraft mounted in 1945, and with few remaining Japanese warships to use torpedoes on, most of the class had the after quintuple 21 torpedo tube mount replaced by an additional 40 mm quadruple mount (prior to completion on later ships) for 16 total 40mm guns. 26 ships (DD-742-745, 805-808, 829-835, and 873-883) were ordered without torpedo tubes to allow for radar picket equipment; these were redesignated as DDRs in 1948. 32″ L x 4″ W x 11 H. Our models are 100% hand built from scratch by skillful master craftsmen, ready to display and not from any sort of kit. We use the plank-on-frame method to build our models. The model has been made from finest woods and metal. The model is a perfect gift for home or office decoration, boat enthusiast or passionate collectors. All items are in stock when they are listed. Inventory is tracked and updated regularly. We will offer other items in similar style and quality. First and allow us the opportunity to help you and be sure we have what you\’re looking for. Packing: Items are securely packed peanuts or bubble wraps. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! The item “1944 US Navy Gearing-Class Destroyer 32 Wooden Model Warship” is in sale since Sunday, December 13, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “atlantisgift” and is located in Staten Island, New York. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, to all countries in Europe, to all countries in continental Asia, to Australia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Vietnam
- Brand: SW
- MPN: BS030
- Model: US Navy Gearing-Class Destroyer Wooden Model
- Size: 32″ L x 4″ W x 11″ H.
- Material: Wood and metal
- Constraction: plank-on-frame method