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Collector Quality
U.S.S. NORTH CAROLINA
BB-55 FAMOUS WW II BATTLESHIP 
SCRATCH BUILT WOOD CASED MODEL Ca 1949
 

 

DIMENSIONS:

The model
 33 1/2" L x 10 3/4" H x 5 3/4" W  The Case  36" L x 13 1/2" H x 9" W
Weight      18 pounds estimate

Presented is a cased model of the USS North Carolina (BB-55) which was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of this U.S. state. She was the first new-construction U.S. battleship to enter service during World War II and was commissioned in June, 1942. Built on a  35,000 ton standard displacement required under the 1936 London Treaty, she set the basic pattern with her sixteen inch guns for all subsequent US Navy battleships, and was the first to reach 28 knots. She participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater to become the most decorated U.S. battleship of the war with 15 battle stars. During the War, Navy ships did not carry hull numbers or names. She was decommissioned, laid up in June, 1947 and placed in Reserve. Since 1961, North Carolina has been a museum ship at the port of Wilmington, North Carolina.  

“Vintage” World War II warship models hardly exist outside museums. The ones you see today are mostly made in the Philippines. U.S. made models of this caliber are becoming extremely hard to find

             Superstructure looking aft
         Bridge and midships at gangway

            Two 16 inch turrets forward

 

  Two propellers on each side, single rudder    

PROVENANCE: Purchased at auction. No known prior ownership or maker history.

CONSTRUCTION: With every indication of being scratch built, the model's hull and appurtenances, deck houses, turrets and cannons are of wood. The stanchions, ladders, portholes and bulwarks are metal. The cranes are of wire. The rigging blocks are of wood with tread falls. Some parts may be cast in lead or plastic such as the deck hardware, windlass, cleats, bollards, etc. The flags are made from paper. Painted in Haze Grey with dark grey decks and boot top, and black bottom paint, the model rests on a black Lucite base with rectangular pedestal. It shows great care in its construction and is visually impressive, but lacks the finesse of coming from the hands of  a master model maker. The molded case is Lucite. It and the base may be a later addition.


CONDITION: Like new with everything first rate except for a stain on the starboard side of the aft turret. The two aircraft on the catapults are not OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes.
Later, Curtis introduced a low wing, single seat float plane, the SC Seahawk.


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General characteristics
Class and type: NORTH CAROLINA CLASS BATTLESHIP
Displacement: 37,484 long tons(38,086 t) (standard)
44,377 long tons (45,089 t) (loaded)
Length: 728.8 ft 
Beam: 108.3 ft 
Draft: 33.0 ft 
Power: 121,000 HP 
Propulsion: 4 General Electric Steam Turbines
8 boilers
4 shafts
Speed: 26 knts
Range: 17,450 NM (20,080 SM @
15 knts
Complement: 2,339 (144 officers and 2,195 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
CXAM-1RADAR from 1940 on
Armament: 9 16 in 45 caliber Mark 6 guns
20 5 in 38 caliber dual-purpose guns16 1.1 in (28 mm)anti-aircraft autocannons; replaced by 20 mm and 40 mm guns
Armor: Maximum: 16 in (410 mm)
Aircraft carried: 3 Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes
Aviation facilities: 2 trainable catapults on the fantail
SHIPPING:
This model should only be shipped by special courier. Shipping can be arranged directly by the buyer through LDG Delivery Service for the U.S. East Coast, and certain cities in Michigan, and Indiana, and occasional trips to Texas and California. Contact L. Drew Gerard, for quotes. 561-212-7159, Email: antiquedelivery@aol.com

The buyer is responsible for making arrangements for packing and shipping using his own forwarding agent and carrier. If the buyer wishes to use the seller's assistance for shipment, he shall hold seller harmless for any damages or loss arising out of their participation. 

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This represents a fine model of an important Navy ship . It is an excellent addition to any nautical collection.

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