purpose of this new website is to provide the boat modeler more
in-depth information on the Dumas kit of
the USS Crockett. After building the first USS Crockett some 8
years ago, I have been bombarded with questions and requests for
help and more pictures.
I will provide the boat
modeler an updated in-depth step by step
instructions to build this kit. These updated instructions
will include more pictures and far more explanation of the
construction process than was first released in the
original USS Crockett website. With these modified instructions, the
assembly of this kit should go more smoothly.
I also plan to include an in-depth Questions and
Answers area. The questions listed her are based on the 8
years of questions that have been sent to me by fellow modelers.
Project estimated start date:
01 Sep 07
Estimated Construction Time: Approx. 3.5 months
The USS Crockett (PG - 88) is one of the seventeen Gunboats in the
Asheville Class. These are the largest patrol type craft built by the Navy
after World War II. This class was the first group of the US Navy ships to be
powered by a gas turbine power plant. These ships have a Combination Diesel and Gas
turbine (CODAG) propulsion system with twin diesel engines for economical cruise and a gas
turbine for high-speed operations.
This Dumas model of the USS Crockett was designed to a scale of
5/16" equals 1 foot or 1/39 actual size. The hull is a plywood frame planked with 1/8
"x 1/2" balsa while the superstructure is the more conventional (for Dumas)
plywood box structure. This kit is recommended for the experienced modeler.