USN Sumner Class Destroyer?

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by CardShark, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. CardShark

    CardShark New Member

    Hello everyone! Name here is Chris and I'm new to the forum and the hobby. I have a few models lined up to start on and I will hopefully be posting my progress soon.

    My question - I'm looking for a Sumner Class Destroyer to build for my Grandfather, who served on the USS James C. Owens DD-776. If I could find one of the ships in that class, that would be great. Thank You and keep up the great work!
  2. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member


    I wish I could be of some help, but I can't recall seeing a Sumner model in any of my internet travels...It's a subject that needs to be addressed.

  3. CardShark

    CardShark New Member

    Thank You eibwarrior for your input. I searched as well before I posted just to make sure. :thumb:
  4. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    I'm kindof in the same boat as you (pun fully intended :D )
    I recently started looking for any kind of kit I could find for an Australian destroyer my girlfriends father served on during the vietnam war, being an australian ship there was most likely not going to be a kit of it, however I did manage to find one, but not in a scale I was happy with... so I decided to try my hand at design and build from scratch, using paper/card model design techniques.

    After contacting a few ex-servicemen's associations outlining what I wanted to do, I was flooded with offers of support. Now, a few weeks later, I have a full set of the actual plan drawings of the ship from the navy's archives, in the exact scale and configuration I was looking for (1:96).

    The only problem I have now is turning those plans into a 3D model. I'm not sure if I'm capable of actually turning the plans into the 3D model I need, but I'm reading some tutorials I found on this forum and I'll see how I go.

    I'd reccomend trying to get in touch of some veterans associations that are closely or directly related to the ship in question and the men who served on her... those kind of guys seem to be very helpfull and friendly when it comes to helping someone recreate a model of something so close to their past etc.

    The plans I recieved were the actual plans used to build the ship. The guy who sent them to me works for a company who still build naval ships today, and he has a mate who makes prototype and display models of all types of ships, he happened to have just completed his 4th model of the same ship class I was looking for (Daring class destroyer).

    Good luck with your search, I hope you have as much luck as I have so far.
  5. Loopy

    Loopy Member


    Not the model, but all the info you will need, including ships plans, etc can be found at DD-692 Home Page

  6. dbutcher00

    dbutcher00 New Member

    Sumner Class models

    Hi: Not sure if you are still looking for a Sumner Class Destroyer model but there are a couple of places (I don't have enough posts to attach a link but these are the sites.

    The first site has models that are extremely accurate and really huge (47 inches long). The second site lists them, but you have to call for a cost I think. I was on the USS Ault, DD-698 1962-64.
    Good Luck!
    Regards, Dana

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