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USS PITTSBURGH CA-72

On 4 June, Pittsburgh  fought a typhoon that had 70-knot winds and 100-foot waves.  One of her starboard scout plane was lifted off its catapult and dashed onto the deck by the wind.  Pittsburgh’s bow structure thrust upward then broke free.  Now her crew’s seamanship saved their own ship.  Still fighting the storm, and maneuvering to avoid being rammed by the drifting bow-structure, Pittsburgh was held quarter-on to the seas by engine manipulations while the forward bulkhead was shored. After a 7-hour battle, the storm subsided, and Pittsburgh proceeded at 6 knots (11 km/h) to Guam arriving on 10 June.  Her bow was later salvaged by and brought into Guam.

With a false bow, Pittsburgh left Guam 24 June bound for Puget Sound Navy Yard, arriving 16 July. Still under repair at war’s end, she was placed in commission in reserve 12 March 1946 and decommissioned 7 March 1947.
 

 





This
 scratch-built USS Pittsburgh model features:   

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 15 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 50 lbs, requiring 2 people to handle and a fortified table to accommodate.)

- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- Light rust appearance to portray realism of a battleship.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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56"L x 15"T x 7"W    SOLD   $2,900     S & H is $150

If you can wait for 3-4 months, let us build another one for you.  Only a commitment deposit of $2,900 is needed.