This model represents the Armored Conning Tower and Flag Plotting Room ("Flag Plot") of the Pennsylvania class battleship USS Arizona BB-39 as the ship appeared following modifications made at Puget Sound Navy Yard from January, 1941 until the ship's destruction at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
To complete the superstructure, 4 models are needed:
Click the blue catalog link above for Fighting Tops, Mk.19 Fire Control Directors, 1.1 inch Director Platforms and Turrets, all available separately.
Features of the complete superstructure:
Overall dimensions and features scaled from scans of official US Navy shipyard blueprints obtained from the National Archives with details confirmed from shipyard photos.
Complete tripod, properly aligned with an accurate height, with associated platforms, and drain pipe detail on the aft legs (a fighting top is available separately).
Detailed armored conning tower of the correct scale thickness with two sizes of accurately shaped and positioned vision slits.
Conning tower rooftop persicopes (periscopes are very fragile, please handle and paint with care).
Accurately shaped signal deck.
Properly shaped navigation bridge and pilot house.
Open venturi (wind deflector) on the splinter shield forward of the pilot house.
Open windows and 18" diameter airports (portholes) all around.
Splinter shield rib details.
Ventilators, accurately sized, shaped and positioned, of different types.
4 peloruses and single exterior binacle.
Drum-shaped radio direction finder cover.
Three different types of closed weather-tight doors of the proper "standard pressed panel" type (48" x 26" on the anti-aircraft station, 56" x 26" on the flag bridge weather protection enclosures, and 66" x 26" elsewhere - as per US Navy blueprints), all with "dog" (clamp) and hinge detail.
Pedestals for searchlight, Mk.19 fire control directors and 22' rangefinder (searchlight, fire control directors and rangefinder not included).
Heavy supporting structure details.
Accurately sized and located deck and platform openings for 4 different widths of inclined ladders (ladders not included).
Parts separated where bulkheads meet a deck to help make deck painting easier.
Notice: this model is available in economical "White Natural Versatile Plastic", a kind of nylon. White Natural Versatile Plastic is waterproof and strong, a good choice for Radio Control models where durability is important. When compared to "Fine Detail" acrylic plastic, sharp edges appear less defined and more rounded when printed. Being nylon, "White Natural Versatile Plastic" is generally not sandable and fewer types of paint and glue will adhere to it. Care is recommended in choosing a paint that will adhere to, and fully cure upon, nylon. Google "glue for nylon", "paint for nylon" and "primer for nylon" to find several good choices.
Customers report that "White Natural Versatile Plastic" will have noticeable striations (print lines). To help smooth "White Natural Versatile Plastic" surfaces, apply thin layers of primer meant specifically for nylon. Allow the primer to harden. Then smooth the hardened primer.