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USS ARIZONA
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 Royal Navy.

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 remains. 

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:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow 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 piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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- Light "rust"  appearance that only master modelers can make.




37" long  x 11" tall x 6" wide   
$1,900    S & H is $90