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Scale: 1/96 (1/8 inch = 1 foot)
Recommended to help build USS Pennsylvania BB-38 from the Scale Shipyard 1/96 USS Arizona BB-39 hull.
This model kit represents the funnel of USS Pennsylvania BB-38 as the ship appeared at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
- overall dimensions and features match official US Navy plans and drawings by Alan B. Chesley and A.D. Baker III adjusted to conform to photographs of the actual ship
- accurately shaped steam pipes, incinerator exhausts and whistle, correctly located for USS Pennsylvania (incinerator and steam pipe locations not the same as Arizona's)
- separate machinegun platform permits easier access to, and interior painting of, the searchlight control platforms straddling the funnel
- splinter shielding shape correct for August-December, 1941 USS Pennsylvania (Arizona's is slightly different)
- open smoke pipe with correct interior "bend", hollow all the way through
- fine supporting structure details omitted, ready for your favorite photo-etch parts (not included)
Notice: this model is designed for Best Cost using the more economical "White Natural Versatile Plastic", a kind of nylon. This material is waterproof and durable, a very good choice for Radio Control models where durability is important. When compared to "Fine Detail" acrylic plastic, available separately, 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 will adhere to it. Care is recommended in choosing a paint that will adhere to, and fully cure upon, nylon. Google "paint for nylon" and "primer for nylon" to find several good choices.
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Customers report that "White Natural Versatile Plastic", when compared to "Fine Detail" acrylic 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.
From Wikipedia: "USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) was the lead ship of the Pennsylvania class of a United States Navy super-dreadnought battleship. She was the third Navy ship named for the state of Pennsylvania.
She was laid down on 27 October 1913, by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. She was launched on 16 March 1915, sponsored by Elizabeth Kolb of Philadelphia, and commissioned on 12 June 1916, with Captain Henry B. Wilson in command....
"At the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Pennsylvania was in drydock in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. She was one of the first ships in the harbor to open fire as enemy dive and torpedo bombers roared out of the high overcast. They did not succeed in repeated attempts to torpedo the caisson of the drydock, but Pennsylvania and the surrounding dock areas were severely strafed. The crew of one 5 inch (130 mm) gun mount was wiped out when a bomb struck the starboard side of her boat deck and exploded inside Casemate 9. Destroyers Cassin and Downes, just forward of Pennsylvania in the drydock, were seriously damaged by bomb hits. Pennsylvania was pockmarked by flying fragments. A part of a torpedo tube from Downes, about 1,000 lb (450 kg) in weight, was blown onto the forecastle of Pennsylvania. She had 15 men killed (including her executive officer), 14 missing in action, and 38 wounded.
"On 20 December, Pennsylvania sailed for San Francisco, arriving on 29 December. She underwent repairs until 30 March 1942."