Fine Art Models was founded in 1989 with the singular goal of becoming the finest scale model producer in the world. If you Google Fine Art Models you will see several thousand entries without a single negative comment. Our philosophy is simplescale models are the finest form of art because they are not subjective. They are either right or they are wrong. We view our models as fine art because of their quality and appropriate price. Therefore, we have never had dealers or distributors. We deal directly with our clients and we have only one price. The answer is very simple. After twenty-eight years of business we have had clients pass away and their heirs many times dont realize that we have a secondary market program that we offer all our clients free of charge. We require the model(s) to be in our possession on consignment so that we cannot only represent the condition of the model correctly, but also to insure that the model arrives at its new home in good condition. When this happens, the vast majority of the time we get a call asking us if we can repair the model or if we can provide missing pieces. The answer is usually no because we are not in the repair business for the open market and most likely dont have the missing pieces that are needed. This allows us to focus entirely on our customers and our models. Beginning in the early 1890s, the United States laid keels for 66 battleships. Of this total number, the navy completed 57 front-line battleships. The last four (4), differentiated by their long main deck and clipper bow, were the ships of the Iowa-Class. In the early 1930s, battleship designers found they could not fit nine (9) 16-inch guns on an adequately protected hull displacing 35,000 tons (limits set at the 1921 Washington naval conference) and also steam with the fleet at 30 knots. The approach was to lengthen the bow significantly, yet preserve maneuverability through the unique tunnel design of the stern. The result was the Iowa class, with an overall length of 888 feet and a standard displacement of 52,000 tons. They had the most powerful propulsion system of their day at 212,000 shp, good for 33 knots. Six (6) ships were laid down and four (4) were completed. Of these, USS Wisconsin carried the highest hull number (BB 64), but USS Missouri was the last battleship completed for the US Navy. Senator Harry Trumans daughter Margaret christened Missouri in January 1944, and from November of that year she served in the Pacific. In September 1945, because she was named for President Trumans home state, Navy Secretary James Forrestal suggested the Missouri be chosen to host the Japanese surrender ceremony. Her career continued through many refits and modernizations until 1998, when she was retired to permanent display near USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor (you can read all about it in the 450 page book, Battleship Missouri by Paul Stillwell, that accompanies our model). Our 1:192 scale Missouri is 55 long with a hull made of high-definition resin and superstructure made of hand-fabricated and photo-etched brass carefully soldered by master craftsmen. The deck is laser-etched wood and features every scale plank and hatch as they appeared on the real deck. The turrets turn and the individual metal 16-inch guns elevate. The radar units turn and the 5-inch guns turn and elevate as well. No detail has been omitted from this model, from the painted life rings on the bulkheads to fire hoses and fire axles in their racks. If you look carefully at the airplanes on their catapults, you will see the antennae made with a human hair and the cockpit details in each plane. Every effort has been made to document the Missouri with exacting detail as she appeared on September 2, 1945. Iowa Class Battleship – USS Missouri. Model Size: 55L x 7W x 12H. Base Type: Black Walnut. Base/Case Size: 60L x 9Wx 14. The item “Fine Art Models 1192 USS Missouri” is in sale since Tuesday, April 04, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “corsairfg1d” and is located in Marine City, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States