|The eight Bagley's; USS Bagley (DD-386), USS Blue (DD-387), USS Helm (DD-388), USS Mugford (DD-389), USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390), USS Henley (DD-391), USS Patterson (DD-392), and USS Jarvis (DD-393), were based on the earlier Gridley class. They were nearly identical in layout, but used the machinery of the earlier Mahan class. They could be distinguished by their single stack and prominant trunking. Like the Dunlap and Fanning they had enclosed 5" 38 Cal mounts up front eliminating the need for the large splash shields. The Gridleys also featured four quad torpedo launchers mounted on the main deck. These ships were built with only four 5" 38 cal gun turrets due to their heavier torpedo battery.|
|Midship Models a new line of ships from Chris Decker of Trident Hobbies has produced a completely new line of waterline ships. This one, the USS Henley is depicted as an ealy war version. It is marked on the box as a Gridley class, however the Henley was a Bagley class. There are plenty of extra parts in this kit can easily be converted to mid or even late war versions of any of the Bagley class destroyers. This kit also includes all the parts to build a Benham class Destroyer. This review uses many of the photo's from my earlier USS Stack review since they are the same in both kits.|
|HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE PARTS|
|The hull is molded one piece with a bow insert. There are
slight drag marks on the sides near the hull break. These are probably
due to the long vertical sides that need a little draft to keep them from
hanging on the mold. But don't worry a light touch with some fine sandpaper
will smooth them out. The hull looks very much like the Gridley class
|The decal sheet includes flags and pennants as well as
both prewar and early and late war hull numbers. These are printed by Microscale
and are typical of the high quality decals they usually produce. They are
nicely registered and sharp.
|The instructions are nicely done on an A-size sheet. Page
1 includes a color profile with Model Master and White Ensign Colorcoats
paint equivalents. The color profile is however so dark it is hard to make
anything out on it. A class list and specs of the ship are included as
well. Some basic subassemblies are shown on the first page as well. The
main hull assembly is shown on page 2. These are all you really need to
build the ship out of the box.
|LINKS AND RESOURCES|
It's good to have a new line of ships on the market. Especially one with so many build options. A lot of thought went into the design of this kit. I am however disappointed with some of the errors in the parts. Having said that I know that this is pretty good for a first kit, and the next ones will be even better. This kit will provide a good base on which to produce a whole bunch of ships that have not been available in some time time. Order yours now for $19.99 on the Trident Hobbies online website.