USS England DE-635, 1944
by Ed McDonald

1/350 USS England DE-635, 1944 (Trumpeter)

This is Trumpeter's 1/350 USS England DE-635 as she appeared in May of 1944 when she set a record by sinking 6 Japanese submarines in 8 days.

This is an excellent kit that is a true pleasure to build. And, there are exactly 102 Buckley class DEs that can be built from this kit. You may have to recall what was required to build a kit a few years ago – such as some flashing removal and mold seam filing. But, parts do fit each other perfectly, the instructions are 100% clear and correct, there are no unmentioned or incorrectly numbered parts, unwanted molded on ladders (even ALL the arbor heads) and such were easily removed and replaced. As with most older kits, some items were absent (3” practice loader, ship’s compass, ship’s bell, jackstaff, etc.) or needed replacement by more accurate representations. The GMM PE set is an excellent enhancement.

Items used:

Scratch built items include:

Total construction time was 130 hours.


Ed McDonald