Free Shipping on In-Stock Orders $49+*

U.S.S. Pittsburgh CA-72 Heavy Cruiser 1:490 Scale Plastic Model Kit

Item No.Item Number: AHH457
Price: $21.99
Coming in
March 2021

  • Estimated ship date subject to change. You will not be charged until this is ready to ship.
The Longest Ship in the World!
From Atlantis comes the U.S.S. Pittsburgh CA-72 Heavy Cruiser 1:490 Scale Plastic Model Kit! This kit features movable guns, rotating turrets, 2 scout planes with catapults and crane, full color decals for all Baltimore Class ships, and a display stand. Measures 16 3/4-inches long. Skill level 2.

The U.S. Navy recruit who is asked, "What is the longest ship in the world?" ranks with seasoned Sailors when he answers: "the USS Pittsburgh!" The USS Pittsburgh has a special place in naval history. Only part of her story lies in her Battle Scars and decorations- two Battle Stars, the Navy Occupation Service Medal and the China Service Medal for meritorious peacetime service.

In 1945, the quick retort of her guns covered our ground troops in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima. She rescued 34 men of the flaming USS Franklin, when it had been hit by two 500 lb bombs, then saved the crippled carrier while fighting off enemy planes. Within the month she was at Okinawa resisting heavy air raids. Here two of her Scout planes located missing men in the heaving waters and daringly plucked them out under enemy fire.

But her greatest adventure and claim to fame came when a typhoon at sea launched "the longest ship in the world."At 6:00 in the evening of June 4th 1945, the winds became gusty and throughout the night the barometer crept ominously down. By early morning, the Pittsburgh was battling 100 foot waves in a screaming wind. All at once, near the bow, the deck buckled. Then the entire bow shot upward and with a roar, it ripped completely off!

Pittsburgh was masterfully maneuvered backward to keep her stern from being rammed by her own bow, which was tossing freely in the water.

For seven hours the crew labored against the pounding sea to shore the gaping forward bulkhead. Incredibly, without a single man lost, Pittsburgh arrived in Guam-- a ship without a bow! There, a false bow was fitted on her before she sailed back to the United States for permanent repair.

The original bow of the cruiser was later towed to Guam. Admiral William Halsey dubbed it "a suburb of Pittsburgh" and, to this day, the USS Pittsburgh is called "the Longest Ship in the World", with hundreds of miles between her bow and stern.
Company: Atlantis Models
Themes: Military, Vehicles
Product Type: Model Kits

Entertainment Earth, Inc. markets and sells products, including children's products, for purchase by adults 18 years and over. If any product you are ordering is intended for a child please assume all of the following warnings may apply to that product:
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 years.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 years.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-This toy is a marble. Not for children under 3 years.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 years.
Entertainment Earth, Inc. markets and sells products in California. Some items may expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
WARNING: PROP 65 WARNING-Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Read More Testimonials
Back To Top
This site uses cookies to analyze and make your experience on our site better. Learn more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use this site or closing this banner, your consent is deemed to be provided.
Need Help? Ask an Expert!
Message
0