USS Arizona BB-39

This is the 1/350 Scale USS Arizona BB-39 (1941) Plastic Model Kit from Hobby Boss. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

HobbyBoss USS Arizona BB-39 Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/350 Scale #86501
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Length: 20.8" (528.5mm)
  • Beam: 3.62" (92.2mm)
  • HobbyBoss Product Number: 86501
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Spotlight Review

Having a model cheap and big is good, but this model has something that makes it look really good. Decently big, parts look good, not flashing, and already painted hull.

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A highly detailed static display model Detailed hull Display stand included Illustrated assembly guide.


  • Scale: 1/350
  • Length: 20.8" (528.5mm)
  • Beam: 3.62" (92.2mm)
  • HobbyBoss Product Number: 86501


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"An interesting build"
polockman (Lagro, IN)
Overall, this is a fun kit to build. I had very little flash on the parts and found that both paint and glue adhered well to the plastic. The kit has a mixed amount of detail built into it - somethings you might like more details on and on other sub-assenblies there is maybe too much detail. Parts fit and engineering was good - with 2 exceptions...on both of the observation towers two of the tripod legs are miscut, so you'll have to wallow out the attachment holes in the towers in order to attach the legs properly. And when it comes to assembling these towers, I highly advise the use of cyanoacrylic glue to ease assembly - working with just model cement will be an exercise in futility I believe. Overall, I'm glad I bought this kit and enjoyed the build.

"First kit review"
Fun build with some challenges. The two towers on the ship are a definite challenge due to the alignment of the pre drilled holes. The holes are off and thus provide some work to get the towers lined up correctly. The ships deck is also an issue with the seams showing when the deck pieces are joined. Luckily I purchased a wood deck for the kit and thus eliminated the issue.

"Converted to USS Pennsylvania and to waterline type"
I decided to build this one as the USS Pennsylvania using the pre WW2 paint scheme, making sure the turret tops also indicated which battleship division it was part of. Made it into a waterline ship so could make it into a diorama by not fitting the bottom hull to the ship. Also the price was right for this size model. Did have some problems with fitting the tripod legs to both the foremast and main mast though as the holes were not quite right and had to do some jury rigging. Painted the upper works from funnel top in a light gray instead of white as there is some question as the painted top at Pearl Harbor.

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