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
Retail $27.95  SAVE 11% !
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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"This kit is pretty bad. Shame on Revell"
Shane S. (Dallas, Tx)
It is very obvious that Revell has been using these molds non stop since they were created in 1953. There is heavy mold flash on every part and the details on the funnel, superstructure, etc are very smooth and faded looking. Couple that with the extremely poorly molded hull I'm debating whether this model is worth even spraying with paint. Coming right off of the Revell 1/426 USS Arizona kit I was expecting this kit to be in similar shape. While the Arizona kit wasn't a real great mold it was serviceable with some work and actually makes for a fairly nice display. But when comparing the dates, the molds of Arizona are 6 years newer than Missouri. (1959). The Missouri hit is pretty bad. I could probably make it look decent but it's going to take a lot of work. And without adding a lot of photo etch the details are going to suck anyway.. Bear in mind that nearly EVERY single kit I built growing up, and now up to and including Arizona which I just finished a few weekends ago, were Revell kits. I'm their biggest fan. Usually their kits, while not being the greatest detail, offer the best value out there for a decent representation in a kit that's easy to build. But not Missouri. This kit is garbage. I'm going to have to do some soul searching to decide whether I want to invest a lot of time and materials into what at best is going to be an average looking end result. Which is a shame because 1/535 is a great scale for an Iowa class for somebody that doesn't have room for a 1/350. I'm half tempted to send Revell an email about this. If I were offering model kits i'd never have let this pass QA.

"Buy it if you have fond memories of building it long ago."
wwwilliam (Salt Lake City, UT)
Revell's 1/535 USS Missouri model kit is somewhat of an enigma on first glance. It has been for sale almost constantly since its creation in 1953, yet as other reviewers have correctly observed, as a kit, it has numerous flaws in quality and accuracy. However, when one examines the kit's own history, its popularity can be understood and put in perspective with its faults. The USS Missouri was the first subject that Revell produced completely in-house. Revell received no cooperation from the US Navy in its design as the ship was still deemed a reasonably important strategic asset during the period and the hull configuration beneath the waterline was still classified. This explains the wild lower hull inaccuracy (the back of the hull is not nearly tapered enough and the characteristic bulbous prow is not represented). Revell's marketing people weren't sure if kids would want model ships with accurately-portrayed propellers, or if they would prefer to play with their newly-assembled ship models by sliding them across the carpet. In this scenario, scale props would snag and break off on the carpet. Revell infamously chose the flat-bottom route sans props for their first few ship kits. The newly minted Missouri kit was a huge sensation when released and reportedly sold into millions eventually, giving Revell motivation to begin engineering additional ship model kits immediately upon its initial success. Revell did not anticipate that mature modelers were buying these kits as well and feedback from them indicated that increased accuracy and attention to details would be a virtue for future kits. It seems that most modelers fondly recall building Revell's Mighty Mo during its first few decades and nostalgia and an appreciation of the kit's history are probably the best reasons for buying it today. The finished model is an ideal size, slotted almost exactly between common 1/700 and 1/350 scales and relatively inexpensive. Kids who don't care much about accuracy and wish to experience an old school activity may enjoy building this kit if mindful that there is a lot of plastic flash to trim. Most glaring technical issues probably resulting from mold damage include several of the five-inch gun turrets that are not deep enough, asymmetry of the lower hull, and mold mis-alignment on a number of parts. Thick, raised lines representing wood decking, poor fit of many parts, and sinkholes will also be encountered. So, if a modeler achieves enjoyment from correcting these issues or is content leaving them as-is for nostalgia's sake, he or she should be sufficiently satisfied with this kit. Continuing popularity of Revell's 1/535 USS Missouri probably endures because there are so many people out there who have built and loved this model kit in the past and they want to experience memories brought back by attempting to build (and collect) it once again, warts and all.

"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.


  • 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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