Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship Models

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The Charleston-class amphibious cargo ships were a class of amphibious cargo ships in service with the United States Navy. These ships served in Amphibious Readiness Groups between 1968 and 1994. The ships were the last amphibious cargo ships built for the U.S. Navy, their role having been taken over by amphibious transport docks.

  • USS Charleston (LKA-113). Launched 2 December 1967. Commissioned 14 December 1968. Decommissioned 27 April 1992.
  • USS Durham (LKA-114). Launched 29 March 1968. Commissioned 24 May 1969. Decommissioned 25 February 1994.
  • USS Mobile (LKA-115). Launched 19 October 1968. Commissioned 29 September 1969. Decommissioned 25 February 1994.
  • USS St. Louis (LKA-116). Launched 4 January 1969. Commissioned 22 November 1969. Decommissioned 2 November 1992.
  • USS El Paso (LKA-117). Launched 17 May 1969. Commissioned 17 January 1970. Decommissioned 21 April 1994.

We offer our Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) models in several size/scale offerings.  We offer these popular sizes 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 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 16-20 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.

We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.

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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