Pit-Road 1/700 Guided Missile Destroyer
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Cochrane DDG-21 was commissioned on 21 March 1964 in Bremerton, Washington. Homeported in Pearl Harbor  she operated with Cruiser Destroyer Division 252. She spent much of her career in support of US forces in South East Asia during the Viet Nam war on Yankee Station. After the war Cochrane operated with other WestPac forces in the Pacific. She was deployed to the Indian Ocean when the US Embasy was taken over by Iranian radicals. She was later homeported in Yokosuka in 1983 and operated in the Far East for much of her latter career. Cochrane was decommissioned 01 Oct 1990 and Stricken 20  Nov 92.
This kit represents on of the late builds of the Charles F.Adams class Destroyers. The detail is nice and sharp. The hull is one pice with a separate bow deck insert and a flat waterline bottom. There is a fair amount of surface detail on the deck and superstructure parts. The parts fit together nicely and will require only a little putty to hide the seams.

A separate sprue is included with parts to build the German Navy Luetjens Class ships.

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Weapons are from the Skywave USN Modern weapons sprue so you get a few extra's for the spare parts bin. 
Decals are provided for several ships in the class. Warning circles and helo deck marking are included. Flags and markings for US and German ships are inlcuded.
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The instructions are four pages of exploded views showing the parts placement.

Now out of production this kit still turns up at swap meets. If you can't find it you can alway get the Dragon reissue of the Charles F. Adams. Add the Flagship Models photo etch and this will make a great addition to your Cold War fleet.


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