USS Moosbrugger DD-980 
by John Powell 

1/350 USS Moosbrugger DD-980 (Dragon)

This is the USS Moosbrugger, A Spruance Class destroyer, circa 1991 or so when I served on her.  She was gifted a pair of Moose antlers which I've done my best to recreate and mounted under the bridge windows. This is the first model I've lit and I think it turned out well.  The bridge has a complete scratchbuilt interior and lights up in red, and  the hangar interior is scratchbuilt and lights up in amber. I've had a lot of fun building her, and was my most ambitious build yet.  Many aftermarket parts, WEM PE, Veteran boats, CIWS and binoculars, Northstar life rings, and rigged with EZ line. I hope you like it.

General Characteristics: Awarded: January 15, 1974
Keel laid: November 3, 1975
Launched: July 23, 1976
Commissioned: December 16, 1978
Decommissioned: December 15, 2000
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)
Beam: 55,1 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 28,9 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: two SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS 3)
Armament: two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, one Mk 41 VLS
for Tomahawk, ASROC and Standard missiles, Mk 46 torpedoes (two triple
tube mounts), Harpoon missile launchers, one Sea Sparrow launcher, two
20mm Phalanx CIWS
Crew: approx. 340

John Powell

Gallery updated 2013