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The Essex class of aircraft carriers had 24 vessels built in both "short-hull" and "long-hull" versions. Thirty-two were originally ordered; at the end of World War II, six were canceled before construction, and two were canceled after construction had begun. The Essex-class carriers were the backbone of the U.S. Navy's combat strength during World War II from mid-1943 onward. We offer both straight and angled deck class variations, as well as the re-designation versions. With or without camoflage painting.

Any service era or vessel configuration - we can build a model of them all - your pick.

Hull no. Ship Re-designations
CV-9 USS Essex CVA-9, 1952 / CVS-9, 1960
CV-10 USS Yorktown CVA-10, 1953 /  CVS-10, 1957
CV-11 USS Intrepid CVA-11, 1952 / CVS-11, 1961
CV-12 USS Hornet CVA-12, 1953 / CVS-12, 1958
CV-13 USS Franklin  
CV-14 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14, 1954, CVS-14, 1969
CV-15 USS Randolph CVA-15, 1953 / CVS-15, 1959
CV-16 USS Lexington CVA-16,1955 / CVS-16, 1962 / CVT-16, 1969 / AVT-16, 1978
CV-17 USS Bunker Hill  
CV-18 USS Wasp CVA-18, 1952 / CVS-18, 1956
CV-19 USS Hancock CVA-19, 1952 / CV-19, 1975
CV-20 USS Bennington CVA-20, 1952 / CVS-20, 1959
CV-21 USS Boxer CVA-21, 1952 / CVS-21, 1956 / LPH-4, 1959
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard CVA-31, 1952
CV-32 USS Leyte CVA-32, 1952 / CVS-32, 1953
CV-33 USS Kearsarge CVA-33, 1952 / CVS-33, 1958
CV-34 USS Oriskany CVA-34, 1952 / CV-34, 1975
CV-35 USS Reprisal  
CV-36 USS Antietam CVA-36, 1952 / CVS-36, 1953
CV-37 USS Princeton CVA-37, 1952 / CVS-37, 1954 / LPH-4, 1959
CV-38 USS Shangri-La CVA-38, 1952 / CVS-38, 1969
CV-39 USS Lake Champlain CVA-39, 1952 / CVS-39, 1957
CV-40 USS Tarawa CVA-40, 1952 / CVS-40, 1955
CV-45 USS Valley Forge CVA-45, 1952 / CVS-45, 1953 / LPH-8, 1953
CV-46 USS Iwo Jima  
CV-47 USS Philippine Sea CVA-47, 1952 / CVS47, 1955

We offer our Essex  Class aircraft carrier models in seveal popular size/scale offerings: 12 inches, 24 inches, 30 inches (1/350 scale), 38 inches (1/280 scale) and 44 inches (1/240 scale). We offer the more popular size/scale selections for easy check out. Custom orders are our specialty. If you would like a quote on a size or scale, other than the selection listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our aircraft carrier models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes. As appropriate to the vessel and service era specified, scale aircraft with appropriate air wings, flagging and assorted deck machines are included.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!  Please visit our Display Case page to see our selection.

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