These are photos of my latest model, the U.S.S. Turner Joy
I have always been partial to small fast combat ships, and the Forrest Sherman
class of destroyers had been one of my favorites.
Destroyers with their sleek lines, speed and firepower had always been a
combination to be reckoned with. Whenever and wherever duty called,
these ships fulfilled their obligation; sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice
in the line of duty for their country. Throughout time, when our country was
involved in either a "police action" or a major war; these ships were
called upon along with other types of naval ships to protect our interests. Many
of them saw action on "the Gun Line " off
. Which brings me to my subject - the U.S.S. Turner Joy, which along with the
U.S.S. Maddox were involved in the "Tonkin Gulf Incident" of August
The Ship. The U.S.S. Turner Joy DD-951 was the last of the Forrest Sherman class
destroyers. Last of the " All Gun Destroyers", commissioned in August
of 1959; she had slightly different design changes than her earlier sisters. Her
"Foc'sle" was higher in order to keep her drier across the bow. Her
arrangement of fire control directors were swapped in which she had the Mk56 on
the platform aft of her funnel. This is how I depicted my model, around late
The model: Just like my previous build ( USCGC DALLAS WHEC-716 ) she is 1/96
scale. I find this scale very workable and personally to my liking. A lot of
detail can be incorporated in this size, although at roughly 4 feet in length; I
am running out of wall space pretty fast!
She is also a BaD Models kit , which I have also modified
and detailed out. I really like this line of kits, they are pretty good and they
give plenty of opportunity for detailing. The hull is plank on frame
construction, and then fiber glassed. The superstructure was sheeted in .015
sheet plastic, the masts are plastic rod and as are the antenna arrays. Railings
on the upper deck 02 level are brass rod soldered together, whereas the lower
decks have photo etch stanchions from John Haynes Inc.
The main gun battery: The 5in 54cal gun mounts came from the Scale Shipyard as
did the Mk68 gun director. The Mk56 gun director, the twin 3in50cal gun mounts
and the Mk63 directors came from JD Productions ( both of these vendors put out
real top quality castings in my opinion).
The Mk32 triple torpedo tubes are scratch built and so is the "Hedge
Hog" launchers you see on either side of the forward 3inch battery. The
depth charge rack is also scratch built, this along with the other ASW equipment
were made by referring to photos and scaling them from a set of blueprints for
the Forrest Sherman class obtained from The Floating Drydock. The hull decals
came from Hawk Graphics. Throughout the years, this class of destroyer had
design features which varied from ship to ship. So I targeted the Turner Joy in
the year of her commission.
Once again I want to say Thank You to my friend Mike, for his contribution on
the name plate for this project. It gives this build a touch of class.
She had been on my work bench since Mar 2006, I had been
working on her, on and off since then. Other obligations ( you guys know very
well- the "Honey Do " list) had taken priority. But it was June of
2008 that I set out to complete her. Working on projects takes a lot out of you.
And believe me, the Turner Joy as was my
build; was no exception. But I do enjoy it. As many of my fellow modelers would
attest to. This is a great hobby. Now to take a break, and think of my next
project while I enjoy time with my family.