USS Missouri Battleship

This is a 1/535 USS Missouri Plastic Model Battleship Kit from Revell-Monogram. It's a level 2 model boat for intermediate modelers, ages 10 and over.

Revell-Monogram USS Missouri Battleship Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/535 Scale #850301
 Revell-Monogram # rmx850301
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Revell-Monogram Item # rmx850301
Specifications :
  • Length: 20" (50.8cm)
  • Width: 2" (5cm)
  • Pieces: 75
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 850301
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Spotlight Review

"An OK Kit That Disappoints, but Looks OK When Completed."
After reading all of the other comments on this kit, I can only say that they are, indeed, quite accurate. I have returned to model building as a hobby after a long, long absence - my last kit was in 1986! So, I bought Revell's Arizona, and I enjoyed it very much. I had passed over the Big Mo a number of times, and finally said to myself, Why not? This will be a good trial run for the 1/200th which I'm planning to build in the future as a display piece for my bar. Needless to say, the critics are right. Flash? There's more flash on this kit than I anticipated. In fact, while an easy build, you actually spend a lot more time trimming the pieces to make them look relatively decent than you do gluing and putting it together. I found myself hungry. I have a budget for model kits and buy about two a month. So, when I bought Mo I thought, well, this is it - until I opened the kit and actually built it. My biggest disappointment was there are no propeller drive shafts! One other commentator here outlined the history of why that happened in the manufacturing process. But, seriously, Revell!? Can we get a new mold for this iconic piece of WWII history? The good news is that after you've removed all of the flash and excess trim, lined up the parts and painted it, the boat doesn't look too bad on my book shelf. I'll save my real modeling joy, however, for the 1/200th scale beast. That's the Mo I'm looking forward to, and while this one, obviously, doesn't live up to my expectations for the 1/200th, I do think that it's an OK model for someone who's never worked in this medium before. I liked, I guess, but was disappointed at the same time by the lack of quality. How so? So bad that I had to go out immediately and get the B-25 Mitchell 1/48th, which is a GREAT kit, and which scratched my monthly model itch quite nicely.

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  • Static model contains 75 pieces molded in light gray.
  • Contains waterslide decals, and the model can be painted as seen on the box with these following colors: black, silver, dark red, dark
  • gray, wood tan, and dark blue.
  • Two Navy seaplanes on movable catapults.
  • Nine elevating guns.
  • Forward mast and radar screens.
  • Three movable turrets. Twenty 40mm guns.
  • Authentic U.S. Navy decal markings.
  • Ten 5" guns.
  • Display stand.
  • Colorful flag sheet.
  • Historical paper plaque and nameplate.
  • Box cover depicts the historical scene of Japanese surrender ceremonies on September 2, 1945 to General Douglas MacArthur and
  • the allied forces.


  • Length: 20" (50.8cm)
  • Width: 2" (5cm)
  • Pieces: 75
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 850301


One 1/535 USS Missouri Model Battleship Kit with Display Stand

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"The worst model I have made"
Flash is everywhere on this model, the parts are ill-fitting and the detail is laughable at best (the planes are particularly horrible). I wasn't expecting perfection for a $20 model but honestly, the underachieved based on a really low expectation. I would not recommend this except for a first model that is meant to be tossed soon after completion.

"Great Ship for The History Buff"
This model was well detailed for its price! I like that it was flat bottomed so I could set it on my table as a sort-of waterline diorama if I cared to. It also came with two supports to display it on as well. The various smaller ship's guns were easy to install, and if one wishes, I believe they can be melted at their ends so that the guns can swivel on the ship.I found that the large gun barrels were hard to slide into their bases; however, it would be easy to shave off a little of the base to get a smooth fit. The painting of the deck was a bit tricky because of tight spaces. A steady hand could still do remarkably well. The kit included three decals for the two ship's numbers and its name. It also included a sheet of paper signal flags and a paper U.S. flag. No wire (for rigging) was included. Test fit all smoke stacks and towers before gluing them to the ship as I vaguely remember the directions misguiding me as to which piece to attach first! This problem I believe is easy to overcome if one hasn't already glued them to the ship. Overall, I think this is a great model for anyone, especially history buffs, as this is the USS Missouri. General Douglas MacArthur accepted, on behalf of the United States of America, Japan's formal surrender of World War Two on the deck of this ship. The Missouri served in WWII, the Korean War, and in the Persian Gulf. It also supported troops in Operation Desert Storm. It truly was an incredible ship with an incredible history.

"Good All Around Build"
The model is considerably detailed for the amount of pieces it has, which is just over 60. It comes with papers commemorating the Japanese surrender on its deck in Sept. 1945. The ship is a good build for someone who's more of a beginner at modeling and wants to slowly build their way up to more complicated models. The rigging and the directions for it are a little complicated but other than that, excellent model and directions.


  • 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.
  • It's recommended to use only Revell cement, since this kit is molded of styrene plastic.

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