Fine Scale Warship Modeling
USS Chevalier DD(R)-805, 1945 by Ed McDonald

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USS Chevalier was one of the first Radar Picket Ship conversions of the Gearing class destroyers. Equiped with the newest radars and communications gear, she was designed to operate on the far fringes of the fleet and provide early warning of a kamikaze attack. Entering the war quite late, these ships actually contributed little to WW2, but served as the primary early warning tool during the Korean War and the early Cold War. She is modeled in 1/350 scale as she appeared and as outfitted in the summer of 1945, making her way to Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender cerimony.

The model is 13 inches in length and comes mounted on a fine wood base covered with a durable acrylic case. The case measures 14.5" long, 3.5" wide and 7.5" high (including base), for a nice fit on almost any shelf.

This thoroughly researched model is built from ship's plans and includes detail rarely seen in a model of this size. It is respresentative of many late war Gearing Class destroyers

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View Chevalier's DANFS History Entry
(Located on the Hazegray & Underway web site, the main archive for the DANFS online project.)