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 BB-61 "The Big Stick" battleship

USS Iowa was the lead ship of her class of battleship and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 27 June 1940 at the New York Navy Yard. Nicknamed "The Big Stick", USS Iowa was launched in August 1942 and commissioned in February 1943.

During World War II, she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to Algeria, en route to a crucial 1943 meeting in Tehran with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin.
When transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, Iowa shelled beachheads at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in advance of allied amphibious landings and screened aircraft carriers operating in the Marshall Islands. She also served as the Third Fleet flagship, flying Adm. William F. Halsey's flag at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.

During the Korean War, Iowa was involved in raids on the North Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets. She was reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan and operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to counter the recently expanded Soviet Navy.

In 1990, USS Iowa was decommissioned for the last time. In 2011 Iowa was donated to the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center and was permanently moved to Berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles where she was opened to the public to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.

USS Iowa earned nine battle stars for World War II service and two for Korean War service.


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

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, 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 give the ship a battle look
- >95% of parts are wood and metal

 50" Lx 14"Tx 7"W  
   $5,500   S & H is $150    SOLD OUT