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The three vessels making up the Chester class of light cruisers (CL) were the first United States Navy vessels to be designated as fast Scout Cruisers (SC). In 1920 the Scout Cruisers were redesignated as Light Cruisers. The three ships were experimental and built to slightly different design specifications along with different power plants - screw/prop configurations.  The USS Chester (CL-1) was built with Parsons reaction-type steam turbines driving 4 screw; the USS Birmingham (CL-2) also had Parsons turbines but only two screws; and the USS Salem (CL-3) had Curtis engines and two screws. All three vessels were extensively tested by the Navy in order to compare the efficiency of their different power plants. The Salem proved to be the best of these third class scout cruisers.
USS Chester (CL-1)
USS Birmingham (CL-2)
USS Salem (CL-3)
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our Chester Class Light Cruiser Models in several size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our Cruiser 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.

The model build time is generally 20 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.


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Chester Class Light Cruiser Models

$950.00

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