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#570248 - 02/10/18 07:17 PM USS Arizona  
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As some of you know I'm spending another winter in Sun City West, AZ. One of the great benefits of being in this city is there is a club or activity for ANY and EVERY hobby or sport or activity one enjoys. Today there was a large old car show in a huge parking lot about a mile from home. I wandered down there to take a look at the cars, and did wander around for awhile, but what REALLY caught my eye was the USS Arizona.

Now as we all know, the USS Arizona was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack. The one on display here is a model of the original. Built to scale. Well, as close to scale as they could get it. This model has a long and colorful history. Built over a 3 year period ending in 1991, it went to a lot of parades and shows. Then was donated to a semi-government organization (which the lady I spoke with refused to name). It languished and fell into serious disrepair.

The organization was going to pay a scrap company to haul it away when this woman stepped in and offered to take it off their hands for free. They agreed so she hauled it home and surprised him with it. Can you imagine--"Honey, I got a boat."

They spent 3 years tearing it down to the basic hull and rebuilding it from the ground up. Or should I say "from the hull up". Here are the results of their efforts, all done to scale.
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There were some pretty cool old cars there, but we've all seen photos of them. This is much cooler and not something you see at the car shows.


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#570249 - 02/10/18 08:25 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Would like to see that in real life.....


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#570250 - 02/10/18 08:40 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I love a good car show but have never came across anything like that. So hard to believe they were going to scrap it after someone had gone thru all that work. Does it actually float & move under its own power?


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#570252 - 02/11/18 01:56 AM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Very nice to see somebody is keeping the old girl up.

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#570253 - 02/11/18 01:07 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Kevin, I don't have an answer to that but I told the lady I talked with that I'd send her a link to where I posted the pics. I'll ask her that question and post her reply on here.

The fit and finish on the USS Arizona was amazing. The hull is 1/2" thick gelcoat and is not quite true to the specs of the original ship. They had to keep the hull to the 8'6" max width for towing without permits so they had to make it a bit narrower. You can't see it in the photos but the gelcoat finish is flawless and just shines.

The deck of the battleship is metal and riveted. You can see some of the rivets in the photos. The original deck was wood but it had rotted away from being outside and getting rained on. I can't even imagine the amount of work (and the $$$) that went into the reconstruction and refinishing of that replica.


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#570254 - 02/11/18 04:52 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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So they replaced the entire superstructure? Wow!!!

#570255 - 02/11/18 07:03 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Kelly, I believe that is true. The way she described the rebuild they took it down to the hull. They replaced the deck as I mentioned above, and I'm not sure about replacing the entire superstructure. It sure is a beauty.


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#570415 - 03/09/18 08:10 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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We went to the Memorial back in the 90’s. Pretty humbling experience.


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#570512 - 03/19/18 08:43 PM Re: USS Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wow that’s pretty amazing!! I’m sure it must have cost quite a bit of $$$ to restore the replica but what a cool piece of history! As always GFC you find and post the coolest things...


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