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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 after her 1936 overhaul at Puget Sound Navy Yard. It was during this refit that the ship's funnel's height was increased and platforms for Mark 19 Range Finders on the highest level of the bridge tower were enlarged.
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 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
- subtle, raised locators to help in aligning the decks during assembly
- heavy supporting structure details
- fine supporting structure details omitted, ready for your favorite photo-etch parts (not included)
These 3D-printed acrylic parts are designed to accurately represent features of the actual ship based on authoritative plans. They are not 3D-printed copies of inaccurate plastic kit parts and therefore are shaped and sized differently. Some adjustment to your plastic kit's parts or other aftermarket parts such as photoetch or wood decks may be necessary for best fit.
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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.
"Arizona made a port visit to Balboa, Panama, in May 1936 during Fleet Problem XVII [following changes made to the ship during an overhaul at Puget Sound Navy Yard completed in February, 1936.] On 8 June, Captain George A. Alexander relieved [Captain George] Baum as captain....During gunnery practice on 24 July, the combustion gases from one gun of Turret II entered the gun turret, burning one crewman. The turret's sprinkling system was turned on to prevent any powder explosion, but the water leaked into the turret's electrical switchboard and started a small fire that was easily put out. Due to the navy's limited budget, the ship spent most of this period in port as a fuel-saving measure. In Fiscal Year 1936–37, the ship was anchored for 267 days; the following year it was in port for 255 days. The ship spent the rest of her career based on the West Coast or in Hawaii."