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Battleship Model

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 hollow structures.

- 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)  $5,700  S & H $150