USS INDIANA BB-58
USS Indiana was a
35,000-ton South Dakota class battleship built at
Newport News, Virginia. She was commissioned
in April 1942. From November 1942 to October
1943, she operated in the South Pacific.
Indiana then moved to the Central Pacific, where she
participated in the invasions of the Gilbert Islands
in November 1943 and the Marshalls in January 1944.
In April and May
1944, USS Indiana escorted carriers in raids on
Japanese positions in the Carolines. Beginning
in June, she took part in the the Marianas campaign,
including pre-invasion bombardment of Saipan and the
Battle of the Philippine Sea. The battleship
screened the fast carriers into the Autumn of 1944,
assisting in strikes on the Palaus and Philippines.
After an overhaul, Indiana returned to the Western
Pacific in January 1945, in time to participate in
the invasion of Iwo Jima, carrier raids on the
Japanese Home Islands and the Ryukyus invasion.
She passed through a typhoon in June and used her
sixteen-inch guns to shell targets in Japan during
the last weeks of the Pacific War.
Returning to the
U.S. after the Japanese surrender, USS Indiana BB-58
was placed in reserve status in September 1946 and
decommissioned a year later. She was sold for
scrapping in October 1963.
Like all of our warship models, this USS Indiana
battleship model has the following qualities:
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
- Light rust
appearance to portray realism of a real battleship.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
47" long x 14"
tall x 7" wide (including base's dimensions)
S & H $150