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Iowa Class Battleships updated with Tomahawks
Model featured: BB-63 USS Missouri
- circa 1986, as recommissioned -


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Mahogany wood base, real brass pedestals and descriptive plate enhance this elegant historical model

CIWS (white), Tomahawks in box launchers and
Harpoons were added during the modernization

See BB-61 Iowa Pictorial for large images

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.

Probably the finest battleships of all time, the four Iowa Class battleships (BB-61 to BB-64) served in WWII - a conflict that ended with the Japanese surrender taking place aboard USS Missouri while anchored in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. After WWII, 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.

New Jersey was briefly reactivated again for bombardment duty during the Vietnam War, then placed back into reserve.

Iowa Class modernized

During the 1980's, the entire class was extensively upgraded and re-commissioned as part of Ronald Reagan's 1980's defense buildup. The main armaments of the battleships are 16 Harpoon anti-ship missiles held in four quad launchers and the 32 Tomahawk cruise missiles held in eight armored box launchers.  Both missile types can attack either land or ship targets. Defensive armament (besides the existing guns) are the four 20mm Phalanx Close-In-Weapons-System (CIWS) which are primarily for anti-missile defensive.

The ships radars were extensively modernized so that they carry SPS-49 Air Search Radar, SPS-67 Surface Search Radar, four Mk-37 Gun Fire Control radars, two Mk-38 Gun Directors, one Mk-40 Gun Director, SLQ-25 NIXIE, SLQ-32 EW system, and one SPQ-9 on BB-61.

In 1991 Missouri and Wisconsin provided gunfire support for the Iraq War, and thereafter rejoined their sisters in the reserve fleet.

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

Iowa Class specifications - post 1986


887 feet 3 inches
Beam 108 feet 2 inches
Displacement 45,000 tons, 57,270 tons fully loaded
Power Plant eight boilers, four geared steam turbines
Screws + SHP 4 screws, 212,000 SHP total
Speed 35 knots
Complement 1,573 total:
65 officers, 1,450 enlisted, 58 marines
Armament 32 Tomahawks (ASM / LAM) in eight armored box launchers;
16 Harpoon ASM in 4 quad launchers;
3 triple 16-inch and 6 twin 5-inch guns;
four 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft No hangar but parking for four SH-3 or four SH-60 helicopters


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
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.
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 since October 2001.
USS Missouri
Jun 1944 active active Feb 1955 - - May 1986 Mar 1992 Preserved as a museum at Ford Is, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1998.
USS Wisconsin
Apr 1944 Jul 1948 Mar 1951 Mar 1958 - - Oct 1988 Sep 1991 Berthed at Norfolk VA and listed a Historic Place in March 2012.
USS Illinois
cancelled - - - - - - - -
USS Kentucky
cancelled - - - - - - - -

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