Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Sumner Class was an improvement on the Fletcher class. They were larger and were armed with six 5 inch 38 cal. dual purpose guns in three twin turrets. These ships were mass produced during the second world war and saw service in Korea and Viet Nam.
This is an older kit that is now out of production. In it's day it was pretty nice and a step up from other kits of that era. The hull is actually fairly well done and has a better shape than the old Pit-Road Skywave Gearing/Sumner kits. It has the correct sheer and flair and appears to match the prototype dimensions. The details are a bit heavy and lack a sharp appearance. The splinter shields are too thick and really should be replaced with thin brass or styrene. The superstructure parts are similar, but buildable.  click to
Instructions are pretty straightforward as this is a simple kit. They are adequate to build the ship out of the box.

While these kits are hard to find they still show up at swap meets and on E-Bay from time to time. I would recommend getting this kit simply for the hull and using the parts from a Pit-Road Sumner kit for the other parts. This kit is similar to the Sumner kit with the exception of the hull which is longer on this ship.