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Iowa Class Battleships
Model featured: BB-63 USS Missouri
- circa "as commissioned" 1944 -

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Model comes on wood base w/solid brass pedestals
See BB-61 Iowa Pictorial


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All 16" and  5" gun turrets rotate
The model bristles with 158 guns


Float-equipped Vought Kingfishers sit on the catapults


Any Iowa Class Battleship - custom model
Note: Built as per your ship and circa

Scale 1:350 / 31"
Price: $1980

1/3 deposit $660

Scale 1:280 / 38"
Price: $2355

1/3 deposit $785

Scale 1:240 / 45"
Price: $3600

1/3 deposit $1200

We'll contact you for details after ordering.


Prices include free world-wide shipping

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

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Probably the finest battleships of all time, the Iowa Class consisted of six ships, four of which were completed. At 45,000 tons standard displacement, the Iowa Class were the US Navy's first new WWII era battleships whose design was not encumbered by treaty limits. Considerably longer and faster than the preceding North Carolina and South Dakota classes, they were a new type of "fast battleship" intended to protect aircraft carriers against the threat from Japanese battleships, as well as forming a "fast wing" for the traditional battle line. They were also the Navy's most successful battleship design with the longest service lives.

The first two Iowa Class battleships (BB-61USS Iowa and BB-62 USS New Jersey) were completed early in 1943, and served for the remainder of WWII in the Pacific where they screened fast carrier task forces against air and surface threats, did occasional shore bombardment and provided flagships for tactical commanders. The second pair (BB-63 USS Missouri and BB-64 USS Wisconsin), whose construction had been somewhat delayed, came to the Pacific during the war's last year.

WWII formally ended with the Japanese signing the surrender documents on September 2nd, 1945 aboard "USS Missouri" while anchored in Tokyo Bay.

Construction of the last pair of the Iowa Class battleships (BB-65 USS Illinois and BB-66 USS Kentucky) stopped soon after the war's end, and they were scrapped; while orders for the next class of battleships - the even larger Montana class - were cancelled.

After the war, three of the four Iowa Class battleships were mothballed. In the early 1950s they were re-activated and, then, all four battleships - in their WWII configuration - employed their 16-inch guns during the Korean War. All four ships were decommissioned after that.

USS New Jersey was briefly re-activated again for bombardment duty during the Vietnam War and then placed back into reserve.

During the 1980's the entire class was extensively upgraded and re-commissioned as part of Ronald Reagan's 1980's defense buildup. Missouri and  Wisconsin provided gunfire support for the Iraq War in 1991, and thereafter rejoined their sisters in the reserve fleet.

At present, all four battleships are either serving as museums or probably soon will be.

 



Iowa Class specifications - as built

Length

887 feet 3 inches
Beam 108 feet 2 inches
Displacement 45,000 ton, 57,000 tons fully loaded
Power Plant eight boilers, four geared steam turbines
Screws + SHP 4 screws, 212,000 SHP total
Speed 33 knots
Range  
Complement 134 officers and 2,400 enlisted
Armament
typical 1943-44
3 triple 16"; 10 twin 5"; 80 40mm Bofors and 49 20mm machine guns
Aircraft 3 float-equipped Vought Kingfishers
Iowa Class Battleships
  WWII 1939-45 Korean War 1950-53 Vietnam 1959-75 Iraq War 1991  
  Comm. Decomm. Comm. Decomm. Comm. Decomm. Comm. Decomm. Fate
BB-61
USS Iowa
Feb 1943 Mar 1949 Aug 1951 Feb 1958     Apr 1984 Oct 1990  Moved to temporary site in San Pedro, CA in 2012 for possible museum.
BB-62
USS New Jersey
May 1943 Jun 1948 Nov 1950 Aug 1957 Apr 1968 Dec 1969 Dec 1982 Sep 1991 Floating Museum in Camden, New Jersey.
BB-63
USS Missouri
Jun 1944 active active Feb 1955     May 1986 Mar 1992 Preserved as a museum at Ford Is, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1998.
BB-64
USS Wisconsin
Apr 1944 Jul 1948 Mar 1951 Mar 1958     Oct 1988 Sep 1991 Berthed at Norfolk VA and listed a "Historic Place" on March 28, 2012.
BB-65
USS Illinois
cancelled - - - - - - - -
BB-66
USS Kentucky
cancelled - - - - - - - -

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