USS Arizona Battleship

This is a 1/426 USS Arizona Plastic Model Battleship Kit from Revell-Monogram. It's a level 2 model boat for intermediate modelers, ages 10 and up.

Revell-Monogram USS Arizona Battleship Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/426 Scale #850302
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 Revell-Monogram # rmx850302
$19.69
 
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Revell-Monogram Item # rmx850302
Specifications :
  • Length: 17" (43.1cm)
  • Width: 3" (7.4cm)
  • Pieces: 133
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 850302
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Spotlight Review

 
"Not for beginners."
Shane S. (Dallas, Tx)
I just finished putting one of these together. Some say this is a good kit for beginners but I don't completely agree with that. The reasons are that, this being a late 50's revision, the molds have seen a LOT of use and as such I encountered problems with my kit. Several sprues looked to have had mold halves that had slipped 1-2mm causing the halvs of individual pieces to be offset. On some parts this did not cause an issue but on others it took quite a bit of trimming, filling, and reshaping to make the part look and fit right. this was especially true of the anchor chain reels. This kit also suffers from some old assembly methodology which REALLY stands out when you go to put the superstructure together. You'll note that the pieces meet halfway up the bulkheads leaving with a bunch of oddly misshaped windows and nasty seam lines that need attention. And beyond that the quality of the details in the molded pieces is average at best. Coupled those issues with the fact that the hull halves didn't fit together correctly and had to be braced, clamped, and then filled and smoothed and I believe this to be a kit for the intermediate or better modeler. Now with all that being said I did find this to be a fun kit to build. And once it's done a fairly good representation of the ship overall. But I did spend most of my time fixing problems. But the kit was cheap so it's really just a practace of getting what you pay for. you could buy two of these kits for what the next least expensive kit costs. And that one is probably 1/700 scale. And anything in 1/350 scale will set you back anywhere from $50+ depending on manufacturer. So would I personally buy this kit again? For $15, ABSOLUTELY! But I wouldn't buy it for a young modeler or somebody just starting. Wait till they have a few kits under their belt before handing them one of these. In the right hands this can be a really nice build with a dirt cheap buy-in.

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Features

  • Static model contains 133 pieces molded in light gray.
  • Contains waterslide decals, and the model can be painted as seen on the box with these following colors: flat hull red, flat tan, flat
  • black, flat white, silver, and gloss yellow.
  • Twelve elevating 14" cannon in four rotating turrets.
  • Full light armament, including 5" and 1.1" AA guns and a 10.5" turret cannon.
  • Finely engraved planking and plate detail.
  • Complete deck fittings, including searchlights, motor launches and whaleboats, rangefinders, ladders, cranes, and tripod masts with
  • observation nests.
  • Two catapults with Vought 0 2U biplanes.
  • Full color flag sheet.
  • Display stands.
  • Detailed superstructure.
  • Arizona, Navy, Wing, Bot, 6,5,4,3,2,1, bow, stern

Specs

  • Length: 17" (43.1cm)
  • Width: 3" (7.4cm)
  • Pieces: 133
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 850302

Includes

One 1/426 USS Arizona Model Battleship Kit with Display Stand


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Reviews

  
 
"You Get What You Pay For, Part II"
wildners (Traverse City, MI)
I recently did a review for the Revell-Monogram USS Missouri and my issues with the Arizona are identical. I've discovered over the last two years that when it comes to model warships my overwhelming preference is 1/350 (or bigger) scale. Since the Arizona and Missouri are smaller scale, some of the parts can be very tricky to handle, and with my rather plump fingers it was mandatory for me to use tweezers and needle nose pliers for the smaller parts. If you're an experienced ship builder, this kit is not going to impress you very much. On the other hand, if you are new to the sport or maybe getting back into it after a long hiatus, it's not a bad purchase because at least you're not dropping a fortune on it. I think it might be that Revell-Monogram are not the same force they used to be in the model industry back in the 1970's, and their quality assurance seems to be where the company has made the most cuts.

 
"Nicely detailed kit at a great price."
thecarrollfamily1417 (Louisville, Ky USA)
Overall a pretty good model. Although, I would have given it 5 stars but it does come with a few flaws like the both parts of the hull don't fit together properly, they had some gap which I had to fill. Also, I couldn't get the foremast to fit correctly to the deck. Otherwise, it was fun to build this one

 
"Good Kit For Beginners"
Cheerilee (Ponyville)
The USS Arizona is probably one of the most popular battleships engraved into the public's mind. Destroyed at Pearl Harbor in the famous attack by Japanese forces, the battleship's wreck today remains a popular destination for any and all Americans. This kit represents the ship as it looked after it's 1930s re-build, and can easily be made to look as it did during the day of infamy. (By the way,the biplanes were not in service during the Pearl Harbor attack.) The kit comes with injection molded plastic parts colored grey. The railings are molded on but do not look bad. The decks stack much like a cake, and the tripod masts also snap together easily. The deck plank engraving looks great and painting is strait forward and easy. The Hull comes in two peaces that are glued together. There is some flash, but it was easily removed and it did not effect the mold process. The detail on the plastic parts are crisp and easy to paint. none of the parts where too fiddly and the whole ship came together in one night. I highly recommend this kit for beginners. Once built it makes a very attractive model of the famous battleship and one which you can proudly display.

Comments

  • Keep away from small children, as parts may cause choking in infants.
  • For ages 10 and up.
  • Revell-Monogram has three skill level models, 1 being the easiest, 3 being the most challenging.
  • The USS Arizona is a memorial to the tradgedy at Pearl Harbor.

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