This model represents the island of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Saratoga CV-3 as she appeared from August, 1944 through the end of the war, including night operations and the Battle of Iwo Jima where she was struck by five kamikazes and survived. A 3D-printed funnel is available separately (click here).
accurately dimensioned from US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings
detail locations confirmed by careful study of photographs of the actual ship
signal deck extended aft for 1944-1945
bulkhead and Mk. 37 Director stand details properly sized and located
two venturis for 1944-45, one on the Flag Bridge and another on the Navigating Bridge
exterior starboard side cable trunk for 1944-45
open doors, ready for your favorite photo etch, including an additional portside door and walkway for 1944-45
"After a brief refit in mid-1944, the ship became a training ship for the rest of the year...In early 1945, Saratoga participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a dedicated night fighter carrier. Several days into the battle, she was badly damaged by kamikaze hits and was forced to return to the United States for repairs. While under repair, the ship, now increasingly obsolete, was permanently modified as a training carrier with some of her hangar deck converted into classrooms. Saratoga remained in this role for the rest of the war and was used to ferry troops back to the United States after the Japanese surrender in August. In mid-1946, the ship was a target for nuclear weapon tests during Operation Crossroads. She survived the first test with little damage, but was sunk by the second test."