Builidng an IOWA Class Battleship

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Project by rowdypenguin posted 10-26-2016 08:37 PM 1415 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A weekend project from the most recent issue of Wood Magazine – this Iowa Class Battleship. I added a layer of walnut to the hull to show off the waterline and also added a flag. As a retired Navy Chief, this is a great project. This ship measures 3 feet long by 7 inches wide and weighs just over 12 pounds. The hull is cherry and walnut and the superstructure and gun mounts are cherry and maple. Adopted some new skills in building this one.
Finished in Watco Natural Danish Oil and Satin Poly.

Video of this build is at:


-- David, California,

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 09:53 PM

Great looking ship model—I like the wood combo you used, and really like the walnut waterline!

It’s too bad these ships are museum ships—would be nice to see them still in service!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 09:55 PM

I was just over seeing the USS Wisconsin last week; they are great ships! Nice job on the model.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 09:59 PM

I was at the bookstore yesterday and saw this project and was thinking what fun it would be to make.
Nice simple week end project to be proud of for years to come.

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#4 posted 10-27-2016 12:13 AM

Looks awesome, ships are just gorgeous to behold

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 04:16 AM

Would make a sailor proud!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 05:13 AM

Great looking ship and even better this small model. Bring back memories …. Cher : ’’If I could turn back time…’‘

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-27-2016 11:41 AM

I just finished this one also David, only I cut mine by 50%. Doing so created problems as I dd not have the room to place the AA guns where they were supposed to be. You did a fine job Chief. I especially like the waterline contrast. At least they’d never have to paint that again. Nice job and thanks for sharing. YNCM (SS) Ret.

-- DonB

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#8 posted 10-27-2016 12:10 PM

Very nice work!

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 10-27-2016 01:54 PM

beautiful battleship …....... love the water line so realistic …......... GREAT JOB


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#10 posted 10-27-2016 03:13 PM

Love it! I helped move the Iowa from San Francisco down to LA. My ex’s brother was instrumental in getting her turned into a museum. Her grandfather was on the Missouri and is often seen on the History channel.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 10-27-2016 04:18 PM

As the saying goes, “whatever floats your boat” and this one is made of wood to boot.
Really a nice looking project and we’ll done.
You layering increases it’s beauty.
How long did this take?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 10-27-2016 04:46 PM

I really like this project and you did a really nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 10-27-2016 05:31 PM

Thanks for the great comments everyone. I did this in a weekend. I have been on the Iowa down in San Pedro and even completed an Underway Replenishment with here back in the mid 80’s when I was on the USS Savannah (AOR-4). I have also had the pleasure to visit the New Jersey. All great ships and greatly missed. There is something about the size and character of these massive vessels. My favorite view is the bow-on shot. The width is impressive and the guns are fantastic.

Thanks again!
David Plance
HMC, IDC, USN, Retired.

-- David, California,

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#14 posted 10-28-2016 01:36 PM

great work. love the water line. THANK YOU FOR YOU SERVICE.

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman

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#15 posted 10-30-2016 10:23 PM

That’s one big war ship….
I too saw it in Wood mag but for now passed on building, yours is very nicely done…top marks…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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