- Length: 272.2mm, beam: 43.4mm, parts: 440+pcs
- Decals included
- Name plate included
- Photo etch included
- Waterline or full hull options
- Paint call outs for Mr Hobby, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya, Humbrol
- 2014 boxing of the 2013 new tooled kit
USS West Virginia BB-48 was a dreadnought battleship of the Colorado class commissioning into the US Navy in 1923. The ship itself was essentially a repeat of the earlier Tennessee class but with a more powerful 16 inch main battery. During the interwar years she spent much of the time conducting routine training exercises.
On the morning of 7th December 1941 USS West Virginia was moored in Battleship Row at Pearl Harbour when the Japanese launched a surprise attack that would in turn bring the United States into the war. During the attack the ship was badly damaged by torpedoes & would sink in shallow water. She was however refloated later & underwent an extensive rebuild from 1943 until 1944.
In 1944 she returned to service & took part in the Philippines Campaign. On the night of 24th - 25th October West Virginia would lead the American line of battle at the Battle of Surigao Strait, using her radar she was able to engage the Japanese vessels in the darkness in what would become the last action between battleships in naval history.
She would remain in the Philippines & supported troops fighting in the Battle of Leyte during 1944 & in 1945 supported the invasion of Lingayen Gulf. Later the ship would be present during the Battles of Iwo Jima & Okinawa providing extensive fire support. During this time West Virginia was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze aircraft, but only received minor damage.
After the Japanese surrender she would take part in the initial occupation of the country & then would participate in Operation Magic Carpet carrying US personal from Hawaii to mainland USA. West Virginia was decommissioned in 1947 & was finally broken up in 1959.