|1:700 USS Mustin (Sims class)|
The Sims class destroyers were part of the US Navy's efforts in the years leading up to WW2 to increase the size of its destroyer force, but through several designs since WW1 had failed to come up with one ideal class. The Sims as built was optimised for surface combat, and she was top-heavy as a result. The solution was to remove one of the three torpedo banks and one of the five 5-inch mounts. Weight was redistributed by rearranging the remaining deck equipment and boats. Mustin, Russell, and Morris were given a major reconstruction in 1945 to deal with the Kamikaze threat. This refit removed the center deckhouse and its torpedo tubes, and added a new deckhouse with twin 40mm AA guns and their directors. The forward 20mm guns were retained, and the aft 40mm twins were retained. Mustin had twin 40mm mounts aft- the other two had quad 40mm mounts aft. Mustin recommissioned too late to see any further war action, and she was laid up with the surviving SIMS class destroyers after the war, and they were broken up in the late 1940's.
The IHP kit of the Mustin is 100% metal, with some brass rod included for masts, small antennas and other details. This kit contains the alternate deckhouse parts and the extra weapons for this fit. Mustin, Russell, and Morris can all be modeled with this kit, as all alternate weapons are included.