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USS SOUTH DAKOTA
BB-57 battleship model

USS South Dakota (BB-57) was a battleship in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1947.

Most warships are built for an active career of 20 or 30 years.  The USS South Dakota was in commission less than five, but in that short lifetime she covered herself with more honors and glory than most other ships served in much longer periods. She was in every major battle and her 13 battle star record was behind only the famous USS Enterprise.

Because of her successful exploits against the Japanese in the South Pacific, the mighty battleship South Dakota became a legend before she was a year old.  She first served in a fifteen-month tour in the Pacific theater, where she saw combat before returning to New York for an overhaul. Back on operational duties in May 1943, she joined British Home Fleet patrols in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans before sailing to the Pacific in August 1943 for a second tour. She brought down a total of 32 Japanese planes and was the first ship to fire on the Japanese home islands.

USS South Dakota caught the fancy of the American people when her heroics were reported in newspapers under the titles of "battleship X" and "Old Nameless." 


 

Like all of our warship models, this USS South Dakota battleship model has the following qualities:

- P
lank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 15 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would weigh over 40 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 give the ship the battle look.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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47" long x 14" tall x 7" wide (including base's dimensions)    $5,200  S & H is $150

We have to stop the construction in the stage shown in the photo to give priority to custom orders.   Once you preorder it now, we'll start on it again and can finish it within 4 months.  We only need a commitment deposit is 10% ($520) of the amount.