USS Arizona

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gofirstclass, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    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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  2. wyrman

    wyrman Member

    850
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    That's pretty cool Mike.
     
  3. endless seas

    endless seas Member

    971
    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    Very cool indeed.
     
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That’s amazing. What would really be cool is if it were seaworthy. Imagine cruising around in that thing.
     
  5. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    "All ahead flank, indicate 290 turns for 31 Kts"!!!
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I don't think it's made to cruise but that would be a helluva lot of fun.
     

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