Where Can You Buy Models of U.S. Navy Ships?

Model Ship Master and SD Model Makers sell hand-crafted U.S. Navy ship models online, while Iron Shipwrights from Commander Models Inc., Squadron and Amazon.com sell scale model kits. Options range from museum quality reproductions to hobbyist replicas.

Model Ship Master offers a broad range of artisan-built models of U.S. Navy ships on its website. The U.S.S. Jason Dunham is typical of the company's products, featuring open-hulled wooden construction to ensure a manageable weight. Originally commissioned for a U.S. Navy academy, the ship's realistic details and quality mounting are suitable for display.

SD Model Makers is another source for hand-made display models. The company reproduces aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, cruisers and frigates in any scale. Craftsmen use kiln-dried mahogany and brass fittings, among other materials. All models are made-to-order and typically take 16 to 20 weeks to ship.

Iron Shipwrights sells resin kits that the company designs and manufactures. Also, the company's website offers ship accessories such as helicopters, dock sections and amphibious assault vehicles.

Squadron manages a warehouse distribution system and specializes in fast delivery. The company's website, Squadron.com, offers ship replicas from Hobby Boss, Revell and Trumpeter. Scales are as small as 1:700 up to 1:35. Typical packages use molded plastic parts, although some include brass details to upgrade to display models.

Amazon.com provides a similar selection of kits from model-makers such as Tamiya Models and Skywave.