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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

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