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This model kit superstructure is intended as a more accurate option for modelers building USS Arizona BB-39 as the ship appeared in 1934-1935, about the time of the filming of the Hollywood motion picture Here Comes the Navy starring Jimmy Cagney, Gloria Stuart and Pat O'Brien.
This is a four-part kit. These parts were designed for a tight fit. 3D-printed plastic is more brittle than polystyrene kit parts. If necessary, trim parts to fit rather than force them.
- overall dimensions and features scaled from drawings by Alan B. Chesley, backdated features modified to match photographs
- detailed armored conning tower with two types of accurately shaped vision slits
- properly shaped signal deck
- properly shaped navigation bridge and pilot house
- splinter shield rib details
- closed, doors of the proper type
- heavy supporting structure details
- fine supporting structure details omitted, ready for your favorite photo-etch parts (not included)
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From Wikipedia: "USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. The ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career.
"Aside from a comprehensive modernization in 1929–31, Arizona was regularly used for training exercises between the wars, including the annual Fleet Problems (training exercises). When an earthquake struck Long Beach, California, in 1933, Arizona 's crew provided aid to the survivors. Two years later, the ship was featured in a Jimmy Cagney film, Here Comes the Navy, about the romantic troubles of a sailor." The film also featured young actress Gloria Stuart who, “in 1997…was cast as the 100-year-old elder Rose Dawson in James Cameron's Titanic, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Receiving her nomination at eighty-seven, she is the oldest person nominated for an Academy Award for acting.”