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USS West Virginia 1944
Kit# BB135 1/350 scale resin $325.00
Shipwright 1:350 scale
USS Tennessee is a two-piece full
hull model depicting the ship in its 1944 fit.
One of two Tennessee class battleships (the other was California), Tennessee survived Pearl Harbor with minor damage, unlike California which was was sunk.
California was refloated and both ships subsequently underwent a radical overhaul. They were rebuilt from the deck up, and gained so much extra beam (16 feet) they could no longer transit the Panama Canal.
The Iron Shipwright kit depicts Tennessee in its post-rebuild form, so if you are looking for an early war, cage-masted Tennessee, this kit is not for you.
The rebuilt Tennessee class somewhat resembled South Dakota class ships. They had a central citadel crowded with 40mm, 20mm and 5" gun armament and lost the 1920s "look" characteristic of the battle fleet at Pearl.
The Iron Shipwright kit can be built either as a post-rebuild
(1944) Tennessee or California. And the
modeler also has the option of constructing a
USS West Virginia
The West Virginia, sunk at Pearl, was also raised and radically rebuilt. The end result was a battleship identical to the new Tennessee class except for main armament and a few 20mm mounts.
The kit includes both the 14" triple turrets of the Tennessee class and West Virginia's 16" twin turrets.
This kit can be used to build any of these 3 Ships
USS Tennessee, USS W. Virginia & USS California