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USS Stevens, DD-479 Conversion

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"Bob Cicconi (bobcicconi) shares images and details of his latest build, a modification of Tamiya Models Fletcher kit to depict the USS Stevens, DD-479, in this MSW Photo Feature!"

Vessel History
USS Stevens (DD-479), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the second ship of that name in the United States Navy. This ship was named for both Rear Admiral Thomas H. Stevens, Jr. (1819–1896), and his father, Captain Thomas Holdup Stevens (1795–1841).

Stevens (DD-479) was laid down on 30 December 1941 at Charleston, South Carolina, by the Charleston Navy Yard; launched on 24 June 1942, co-sponsored by Mrs. Roland Curtin and Mrs. Frederick Stevens Hicks; and commissioned on 1 February 1943 at Charleston, with Commander Frank H. Ball in command

Displacement-2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament-5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 1.1" AA, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273

Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard December 30 1941.
Launched June 24 1942 and commissioned February 1 1943.
Decommissioned September 28 1946.
Stricken-December 1 1972.
Fate-Sold November 27 1973 and broken up for scrap.

The Model
"This latest model is the 1/700 Tamiya Fletcher, modified to the USS Stevens, DD-479, one of 6 round bridge Fletchers that underwent a short-lived conversion to a catapult equipped destroyer with a Kingfisher scout plane.

Modifications included changing the location of the rear port and starboard 20mm galleries, scratchbuilding the crane post and base , smoke generators, foremast, and the 20mm position in front of the bridge, adding photo etch accessories from Gold Medal and Tom's, Paper Lab 5" guns, Gold Medal 20mm guns, and a combination of Niko and Loose Cannon for the aft twin 40mm gun.

Rigging was a combination of stretched sprue and caenis line, with WEM paints for the measure 21 blue, and Starfighter's excellent decals for the Kingfisher. A special thank you to Dave Shadell for providing me with excellent photos of the Stevens, without which I wouldn't have been able to build her."
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About the Author

About Bob Cicconi (bobcicconi)


That is an interesting conversion, seems at first like a good idea, but in the end as was proven, “Not so good.” Nice work on the conversion. Thanks for sharing this unique configuration with us.
MAR 31, 2008 - 12:39 AM
Hi Bob It looks great - and I must add, that you have surpassed me on making this unique Fletcher DD The crane and catapult really makes an interesting detail on this small ship! Congratulations - keep'em coming!! Rui
MAR 31, 2008 - 03:27 AM
Very sharp, Bobby I wish I could build them like that! Peter F.
MAR 31, 2008 - 08:19 PM
Great build Bob. Hope you bring it with you on Saturday.
APR 01, 2008 - 09:47 AM
Very nice, and even the display great (excellent water and slick idea of stepped beach). Stevens is steaming along beautifully!
APR 01, 2008 - 10:06 PM
Good friend of mine served on the USS Stevens. He is really getting old now but man he had stories tell. Thanks for sharing, Shaun
APR 02, 2008 - 12:51 AM
Thanks for the nice comments! I'll be bringing the Stevens to Mosquitocon this weekend and see how she does in competition!
APR 03, 2008 - 10:51 AM
Great build Bob, A true test of a clean build is being able to zoom the macro lens right in to the details and finding perfection. Well done, and thanks for sharing, Frank
APR 03, 2008 - 12:30 PM
very crisp work as always -I couldn't even spot the photoetching parts on the first pictures i opened And what an amazing output rate too! That must be the 3d model from you in 3 months right? may your hand never get faulty! JB
APR 03, 2008 - 08:43 PM