The United States Navy terminology “four piper” is a class of destroyer with four funnels, with an unmistakable silhouette. During World War I, the USS Ward was a 1,247 long ton Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named after Commander James Harmon Ward, the first Naval officer killed in action during the American Civil War. Under pressure for the urgent need of destroyers during World War I, she was built in 17 ½ days. Decommissioned after WWI, she was recommissioned for WWII, and caused the first American-caused casualty in World War II. She engaged and sank a Japanese submarine before the attack on Pearl Harbor killing two crew members on board. The USS Reuben James, her sister ship, was lost in action during World War II.
This kit has been revised with new laser cut wood, new fittings, expanded instruction book, and more comprehensive plans.
BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc. has been in continuous operation for many years. The company was founded in 1905 by a U.S. Navy Department architect and head of the Navy’s model shop in Washington, DC. They are the oldest ship modeling company in the U.S. They specialize in the design and manufacture of wooden model kits and model ship fittings. All work is performed by their craftsmen and is not outsourced.
This is an advanced level model.