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:
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
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship the battle look.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
47" long x 14"
tall x 7" wide
(including base's dimensions)
& 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.