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USS Northampton

The USS Northampton class ships have always epitomized the classic “stepped deck” lines of the American “heavy” treaty cruisers. With the Pacific battleship fleet sunk at Pearl Harbor, cruisers were the largest ships in the US Naval inventory able to carry the war to the Japanese in 1942. This they did with distinction, from Midway, Java Sea, the Solomons and throughout the war.

The Northamptons are praised by rookies and experienced Captains alike as one of the best American cruisers that can be built for model warship combat.

Our fiberglass Northampton kit contains a one piece fiberglass hull, plywood decks, balsa and Silkspan sheeting, rudder, two shafts and stuffing tubes, pre-formed superstructure blocks, molded turrets and stacks, full size rolled plans, molded radio box, and assembly instructions. Also available as a fiberglass hull shell only.

Note: With the addition of the appropriate superstructure (the ship plans are available from Strike Models), our USS Northampton hull may be used to construct the USS Indianapolis/Portland class.

Model Specifications

Length: 50.00 inches
Beam: 5.50 inches
Ship Speed (original): 32.5 knots

Battling Kit: $672
Fast gun Battling Kit includes: Hull kit, Hardware kit with speed controller (HDW-CA-ESC), 2-cannon system (BBSYST-2), 2.8 oz. CO2 cylinder (TANK-3), variable pressure regulator (REG-V2), small bilge pump (PUMP-S1-6-18), and two VS-2 servos. Radio and batteries are not included in this kit.

Battling kit upgrades:
Upgrade BB system to Dual Fire: $25

Hull Kit only: $262

Recommended Accessories
Parts needed to turn a hull kit into a fast gun combat ship (not needed for battle kits):

Running Hardware (choose from one of the following):
(this piece is best picked up along with the hull kit or as the first add-on kit)

$105  HDW-CA Hardware kit with basic forward/backward movement
$130 HDW-CA-ESC   Hardware kit with electronic speed controller

Bilge Pump:

$33 PUMP-S1-6-18 One unit small pump

Co2 Tank:

$42 TANK-3 3 oz CO2 tank

Co2 Regulator:

$65 REG-V2 Variable Regulator

Cannon System (choose from one of the following):

$115  BBSYST-2 2 Independent straight 50 round magazine cannons, servo actuated
$140  BBSYST-2D 2 Dual fire straight 50 round magazine cannons, servo actuated
$170 BBSYST-SOL-2 2 Straight 50 round magazine cannons, electronic firing, fastest system, can be used in dual or independent mode

Also needed for a combat ship:

Servos: three standard servos (less one if using electronic firing control and less one if using electronic speed control)
Radio System: 4 channels minimum, 5+ preferred, best to get one with built in screen.
Battery Supply: (2x) 7.2 volt, 4-5 amp hr. NiMH (one used each sortie, RC Car battery)


Class Sisters:

USS Northampton CA26
USS Chester CA27
USS Louisville CA28
USS Chicago CA29
USS Houston CA30
USS Augusta CA31