USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS, DE 413 – Butler-Class Destroyer Escort
The USS Samuel B Robert (DE-413) was a John C Butler class destroyer escort of the US Navy. The USS Samuel Roberts was named after Coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts, Jr, a Navy Cross recipient, and commissioned in April 1944. She had a short career and was sunk in the Battle of Samar in October 1944. The Samuel B. Roberts was part of a light flotilla of destroyers, destroyer escorts and escort carriers called the “Taffy 3” who were to prevent a superior Japanese force from attacking the amphibious invasion fleet off the Philippine Island of Leyte. The Samuel B. Roberts steamed through a gauntlet of incoming shells; unfortunately, scored a torpedo hit and numerous gunfire and was finally sunk after engaging larger enemy warships. She received the nickname of “destroyer escort that fought like a battleship”.
This model boat kit is based upon a design of revised plans and instructions by famed a WW II modeler. This boat model is detailed and accurate and contains a basswood hull, cast pewter fittings, laser cut wood parts, and a great deal of etched brass.
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. The Length is 19”. The Scale is 1/16”.