Each cutaway is an accurate, three dimensional, architectural model. The pieces are multi-layer, micro-cut, wood cutaway constructions, reflecting the utmost in detail and attention to accuracy. Original blueprints and period photographs along with hand measurements, if possible, are used for the creation of each design. Approximately two months is then devoted to drawing the original multi-layer template for each item.
Original construction blueprints, photographs, deck plans, books and even advertising brochures are used to guarantee the accuracy of each cutaway. Once the design work is complete, a computer-controlled laser is then used to cut and mark specially selected layers of basswood. After a layer has been cut, it is cleaned and carefully mounted to a baltic blue matte board. A total of six layers of basswood are hand assembled for each cutaway.
When the cutaway is complete, it is then sealed behind glass in a cherry finish hardwood frame. These are created for each order.
The highest level of quality in both work and materials is maintained to ensure museum quality cutaways. This integrity in both design and modeling skill has brought endorsements by many of the nation's museums, historical societies and memorial associations.The design will remain the same as pictured but, will carry your desired hull number and nameplate. With 176 destroyers in the class, the Fletcher is one of the most recognizable ships of the war. From the boilers to the bunks and control panel, this cutaway contains a staggering amount of detail. Even the rails have been cut out. Considered by those who served aboard, the Fletcher was considered to be the peak of WW2 destroyer development.
Designed by Gibbs & Cox of New York, the first of 175 Fletchers entered service in the summer of 1942. After the war, all the surviving Fletchers were put into reserves and many saw action again in Korea and Vietnam.
Today, few still exist but, a handful operate in foreign countries while three have been converted into museums: DD-537 USS The Sullivans, DD-661 USS Kidd and DD-793 USS Cassin Young. The item "Wood Cutaway Model of USS Fletcher (DD-445) Made in the USA" is in sale since Tuesday, January 4, 2011. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Diecast & Toy Vehicles\Boats & Ships\Contemporary Manufacture".The seller is "airplanesandmore" and is located in Flower Mound, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Peru, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.