USS California BB-44 Battleship 1941 1/700 Trumpeter

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USS California (BB-44), the second of two Tennessee Class turbo-electric battleships, was laid down in October 1916, launched in November 1919 and commissioned in August 1921. At the time, California was the largest warship built at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In the raid on Pearl Harbor California was sunk by Japanese torpedo action. Following the crew’s successful efforts that prevented capsize, California was refloated in March 1942 and made for Puget Sound shipyard for rehabilitation and modernization, which was completed by January 1944. With sister ship Tennessee, California participated in the invasions of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in June and July 1944, and in the Mariana and Palau islands invasions from June to November 1944. Tennessee collided with California in the Pacific on August 23, 1944, both ships sustaining damage and with fatalities on California. The naval Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 saw the sister ships in action again. On January 6, 1945 California was struck by a kamikaze plane during the Lingayen Gulf campaign and returned to Puget Sound for repairs. California was back in action in the western Pacific at Okinawa in June 1945, remaining in the East China Sea on minesweeping duty. California supported the Allied occupation forces in Japan until October 1945 before returning home to Philadelphia PA. California was decommissioned in February 1947 and sold for scrap in July 1959.

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Product Details:

Scale: 1/700
Skill Level: 3
Length: 10.8”
Width: 1.7”
Parts: 430+
- Painting and assembly required

- 14 sprues
- Build waterline or full hull version
- 1941 paint scheme
- One-piece hulls and waterline plate
- Includes display stand and nameplate
- Accurate weapons and placing
- Detailed island
- Clear parts
- Two-piece deck
- Onboard crane and lifeboats
- Slide-molded hulls
- Deck wood pattern finely rendered
- Includes two OS2U aircraft
- One photo-etched fret
- One decal sheet
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide
*Experience with photo-etched parts is recommended*
*Cyanoacrylate glue is required for photo-etched parts*


Paint Guide:

Flat Black
Hull Red
Flat White
Red Brown
Grey Blue