A 1/1250 scale model of USS Nitro, AE 2, an Ammunition carrier for the US fleet in WW2
Built by New York Shipbuilding from 1913-15, she served mostly in the Atlantic and supported US destroyers based in Ireland, Iceland and SW Britain.
MV Penobscot was taken over and converted to a minesweeper in Winslow, WA completing in March 1941. Re-classified IX-195 in 1944 and used as a transport in the Aleutians. Decommissioned in August 1945 and became mercantile Bering Sea.
Hospital ship USS Bountiful (ex-USS Henderson) was a conversion of a transport in1944. She served in the Pacific until 1946 when she was withdrawn and scrapped. This is a sharply cast model by Spider Navy for Saratoga Model Dockyard. USS Henderson is also available from Antics.
New for 2015!Built in Sunderland, Co. Durham, in 1898 as a collier, the SS Joseph Holland, she was aquired by the US Navy during the Spanish American war as an auxiliary cruiser. She bombarded Spanish positions at the Battle of Fajardo. She remained in service after that war as a collier but in 1911 joined the survey squadron and undertook work for the opening of the Panama Canal.In 1917, she undertook patrol work in the Atlantic and in 1918 became a tender for submarine chasers in Plymouth (UK). On returning to USA, she was re-designated a miscellaneous auxilliary, AG 1 (as modelled).Deuring WW2, she was based on a de-gaussing range in Chesapeake Bay and from March 1945-1966 was used as a bombing target. American Mariner was sunk next to Hannibal as a new target from 1966 but the name Hannibal is still used!
A 1/1250 scale metal model of USS Bowditch, a survey vessel (ex- Santa Inez of Grace Lines & sister of WW Burrows, AP 6 - see SMY 58). Surveyed East Coast, Newfoundland to Cuba in 1940-41 & Panama, Columbia & Equador inc. Galapagos. Became ASG 4 in 1943 & surveyed Kwajalein, Saipan & Okinawa for invasions. Bikini for A-test surveys; decommissioned 1947 & scrapped, 1959.
The US Navy LSM (R) was a rocket firing LSM landing ship designed to bombard defenders as the landing craft approaced the beach. This modification of an LSM has not been available with this level of detail before now. This model carries its pennant number, bow and stern.
The most famous US WW2 aircraft carrier in a stunning camouflage pattern (1944-45).
A 1/1250 scale secondhand model of USS Iowa by Navis Neptun 1300. This model is in excellent condition in the medium gray used on all US ship models prior to adopting the slightly lighter greenish grey colour of the new models today.The Iowas were effectively lengthened Washingtons, giving them the speed to escort Fleet Aircraft Carriers.
Arizona was waring this paint scheme when she was sunk at Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 during the Japanese attack.
New in 2014! There were many variations in the Essex class. CV15 had the long hull of Ticonderoga and a clipper bow to mount 2x twin 40mm clear of the forward flight deck, twin flight deck catapults and extra 20mm along lengthened sponsons on the sides. All of these features are represented on this new model. There are no 40mm on sponsons to starboard on this model and although she was fitted with them later but they were removed before lay-up after the end of WW2.
This is a 1/1250 scale model in metal of the USS Lexington, CV2, in 1942, modelled in the condition that she fought and was sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea. She has just returned to the fleet from a modernisation which should have replaced the 8" deck guns with 5" dual purpose guns, as was done with her sister, USS Saratoga. The 8" were removed but only light AA guns were fitted and she went to sea without the 5" and she was sunk before the 5" guns could be fitted.
Excellent model of a US light cruiser if that is a correct description for a 10000 ton ship boasting a tremendous outfit of AA guns as well as 12 x 6" main. By this stage american cruisers carried an excellent radar set up and mainly provided terrific firepower back up to the fleet.
A secondhand model in reasonable condition but with paint chips on guns and deck.
New for 2013! A highly detailed model of a purpose-built repair ship of the US Navy. Vulan served in the Mediterranean in 1943 before transferring to the Pacific. As usual for this type of ship she served for very many years after WW2
Only 3 of these batch 3 AA cruisers were completed and this wasn't until after the end of WW2, so weren't really needed and obsolescent even on entering service, spending most of their time in reserve prior to withdrawal in the mid 1950s.
This new Navis Neptun model (Summer 2015) is another top quality model of the lead ship of the Oregon City class of heavy cruisers, laid down in 1944 and commissioned 1946. There were three ships in the class, with a fourth, Northampton being completed as a command ship.
This USS Helena, a Baltimore class crusier, was launched in 1945 and served with distinction in the Korean war.
A 1/1250 scale, fully finished and painted model of Chitose, a Kasagi-class protected cruiser of 1889. Both ships of this class were present at the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese war.
A superdetailed, 1/1250 model of USS Arizona with an enhanced paint finish including painted decks. The model represents Arizona, as built. Arizona was sent to Britain just after the armistice was declared at the end of WW1 and her sistership, Pennsylvania, BB38, followed later to bring President Wilson to the peace talks.
New for 2015! Designed and made as a deck load for the 1/1250 scale Saratoga model of USS Jason, wich was used as a floatplane tender during the 1920s until 1932. This is an unpainted metal model to be finished by the purchaser.
Designed as a Seatrain ferry, the ship was talen over when building to become a transport ship for tanks for the Operation Torch landings in North Africa. She made several tank deliveries for the Noth Africa campaign and then was handed over to the Army in 1943 for the rest of WW2, before being retuned to her owners. She also served in the Korean War and, once again in private ownership, was scrapped in 1957.
New for 2015!Jason was completed as a fleet collier in 1913 with motorised conveyors to speed re-fuelling of warships (see USS Jupiter). From April-July 1918 she delivered aviation materials to Scotland. In 1920, she was designated AC 12 and took aircraft & equipment to Guam. In 1925, she was tender to the Asiatic Fleet's aircraft based in the Philippines but was not designated AV 2 until 1930 and she returned to the USA in 1932 and this model with Martin T3M2 floatplanes (see SMY-F4) accurately represents the period 1925-32.
New model of this WW2 minelayer. Salem was a ferry that was taken up by the US Navy firstly as a minelayer and then as net laying vessel. Built by William Cramp and Sons as SS Joseph R Parrot, during WW1, after service with the USN during WW2 was returned to the original owners after the end of WW2 and given her original name back.
A 1/1250 scale metal model of USS Curlew (ex-Kittiwake), AM69, an ocean minesweeper.
A 1/1250 scale model of a fishing boat conversion to minesweeper, USS Kite (ex- Holy Cross) in 1941. She was withdrawn from service in March 1945 as new purpose-built craft entered service.
New for 2015!Made from a 3-D printed master model and with hollow, metal cage masts, this must be one of the finest 1/1250 scale metal models ever made.Later in the 1930s, Idaho & her sisteships, New Mexico & Mississippi were extensively modified and the cage masts were replaced by tripod & pole masts (see the Neptun models).