America's most known battleship
USS Arizona was the second and last of the
Pennsylvania-class of "super-dreadnought"
battleships. During WWI, she was not deployed
with the Grand Fleet in England because she was too
technological advanced and burned oil. Since
England had an oil shortage, only
coal-burning battleships were deployed with the
A week after the armistice of November 11, 1918, the
Arizona, as the newest and most powerful
American dreadnought, served as part of the honor
escort convoying the President of the United States
Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference.
In July, 1921, USS Arizona served as flagship for
the Battle Force, Atlantic Fleet to arrived at the
port of Callao to observe the celebrations accompanying the
centennial year of Peruvian independence. On
August 3rd, 1921, the Arizona sailed for Panama Bay
as the flagship of Battleship Division 7. Over
the next 14 years, USS Arizona served as
flagship for Battleship Divisions 2, 3, and 4.
In September, 1938, USS Arizona became the flagship for
Battleship Division 1, when Rear Admiral Chester Nimitz (later to become Commander-in-Chief, Pacific
Fleet) broke his flag on board.
The Arizona was moored
in Pearl Harbor's “Battleship Row” on the morning of
December 7, 1941, when Japanese aircrafts attacked.
She was hit by several bombs which totally wrecked
the forward hull, collapsing her forward
superstructure and causing her to sink with 1,177 of the 1,512 of her crewmen. On
March 7th, 1950, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Commander
in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, instituted the
raising of colors over Arizona’s remains.
Legislation during the administrations of Presidents
Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy designated
the wreck a national shrine. In 1950, USS
Arizona began to be used as a site for memorial
ceremonies, and in the early 1960s a memorial
structure was constructed across the ship's sunken
Until today, the
Arizona is still on commission. She was
awarded one battle star for her service in WWII.
Like all of our warship
models, this USS Arizona model
has the following qualities:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Light "rust"
appearance that only master modelers can make.
37" long x 11" tall x 6" wide $1,900
S & H is $90
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