Thanks! I'll research your suggestions and see which ones I can find to try next.Revell's Roger B Taney Coast Guard Cutter is a nice, fun kit. Their USS Ward/Campbletown is also nice. You also can't go wrong with the Revell USS Buckley DE kit. All are older kits but still pretty good and not overly hard to finish. Revell has also reissued the old Monogram USS Chicago which for the most part is an exellent kit too if you want a missile cruiser. A good step up would be Tamiya's 1/350 Fletcher Destroyer. It isn't a huge model but is nicely detailed and goes together very well. Ship kits can get big and rather complicated FAST. There are also a lot of old kits out there that are really hard to build like the Airfix 1/600 range which date back about 50 years in some cases.
Indeed they still have the coast guard cutter and the Chicago on sale. Found the Revell Missouri at Hobby Lobby too which I can use another 40% off coupon on. Choices choices...Check Mega Hobby... they had some of the Revell ships on sale a month or so back. I forgot to mention that.
Hey, I date back to 1952 and my bottoms kind of a blobby rounded flat shape! ;-)Revell's Missouri is pretty bad... that is actually Revell's very first plastic kit and dates back to about 1952. It started Revell's annoying trend of flat bottomed boat kits which continued with the Helena, Randall, Pine Island, Fletcher, Roosevelt. The kits are not exactly waterline but not full hull either. The hull extends down below the water line, then just stops in a sort of blobby rounded flat shape. No props, rudder, etc. Much of the detail on the Missouri's deck and superstructure is just molded on in relief. Granted, back in 1952 this was a super duper kit, but today... not so much.