QUESTIONS AND REQUESTS
Ralph is building a model of Vance as DE, WDE an DER plus the 873.
He needs some help for detail. Please contact him if you can help. Answers are listed at the bottom of Ralph's questions.
Hello Joe, As you know the only model of the Buckley class in 1/700th scale is a WWII Destroyer Escort. I have been working on modifying the 1/700th scale Vance from a DE to the DER and have much of the work done. Now I am moving attention to the WDE and have checked out the website photos that you referenced before. I noticed some items for the first time. There is a large box structure aft of the stack. There is a new antennae mast aft of the large box. But the photos are too fuzzy on the web to really distinguish anything. Do you know of anybody who has good photos and/or drawings of the WDE? The best picture I noticed of the overall view of the WDE was: http://www.ussvance.com/Vance/pictpag5.htm Hey Joe, What is the "huff duff" that you mentioned? I do not know what the big box structure is behind the stack. I will do some more research and see what I can find. While you are in Galveston check out what large scale photos are available or even some sketches/drawings of the WDE. I am doing the all gray DE alongside the German sub, the white WDE, and the normal gray DER. Thanks...
Hey Joe, If you look at this image you gave me it looks like the box structure is a storage "hanger" with a rolling style door. The big cylinder at the top of the aft end of the box makes it look like a steel rolling type door. I do not know if they had the DASH remote helo at this point in time nor would they operate it from a WDE, but maybe it has some rescue equipment or something? More than likely I am incorrect, but I have no other way to guess. IHS, Ralph
Answer to part of the questions Hi Ralph,
The structure abaft the funnel on the WDE Vance was a baloon shelter for the ship's RAWIN/RADIOSONDE ballons. These balloons were radio transmitters/radar targets used to plot mid ocean weather patterns during the 1950's thru 1970's, before Earth orbiting satellites took over the job. Many USCG high endurance cutters of the era had these. They were simple slab-sided affairs with roll type doors aft which could be opened to deploy the balloons. If you have a copy of the October 2003 Fine Scale Modeler you can see how the structure looked on my USCGC Taney model. This was very similar to those fitted to the WDEs.
regards, Tim Reynaga
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