are pictures of my USS Iowa
scratch built in 1/96th scale. The
(BB-4) was a one-off design, essentially an improved
class battleship. She had a raised fo'c'sle, balanced turrets,
and twelve inch guns (rather then the 13" of the
class). These improvements made her a much better seaboat, and
resulted in a nice balance, for a "Coast Defense" battleship of
armor, speed, and armament. She was present off
on July 3, 1898, and was instrumental in the destruction of the Spanish
squadron under Admiral Cevera.
model is R/C and constructed of clear white pine, aspen, and styrene. Fittings
are cast in fiberglass resin, or were purchased from Model Shipways.
Running gear is from The Battler's Connection (battlersconnection.com). The
model handles well on the water, and looks great with my other Spanish
American War vessels, such as the USS Brooklyn (pictured).