10 Best Battleship Model Kits in 2020 (My Personal Picks)

Best battleship model kits

In this article, I’ll share some of the best battleship model kits that have been released over time. Hope you find a kit you like while browsing through!


1. Tamiya Japanese Battleship Yamato Model Kit

Tamiya Japanese Battleship Yamato Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Older, less expensive version of Tamiya’s Yamato battleship 
  • Great option for experienced modelers (requires lots of patience, several small parts need tweezers, etc.) 
  • High quality molds, incredibly detailed model


2. Tamiya USS Missouri Battleship Model Kit (U.S. Navy)

Tamiya USS Missouri Battleship Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/350
  • What differentiates this kit is the photo etched metal parts 
  • This warship model includes 2 helicopters with detailed instructions, a paper flag sheet, starboard color profile & decals for hull markings, a helipad and upperworks, and more!  
  • While it’s challenging to build, it’s a typical, high quality Tamiya model that’s well worth the money


3. Trumpeter USS Iowa BB-61 Battleship

Trumpeter USS Iowa BB-61 Battleship
  • Scale: 1/200, great detail 
  • Challenging and not for the faint of heart — may take you hundreds of hours to build 
  • You have the option to put in motors in this model if you’d like (one customer decided to put in 4 motors) 
  • Several customers say that the parts fit together extremely well
  • The kit contains photo etched sheets


4. Revell Germany Battleship Bismarck Model Kit

  • Scale: 1/700, includes waterslide decals
  • The Bismarck battleship served an important role for Germany in World War II 
  • Revell also offers a 1/350 scale German Bismarck model kit, which you can get here
  • In addition, Trumpeter offers a 1/250 scale Battleship Bismarck plastic model kit, which you can find here


5. Tamiya Prince of Wales British Battleship (WWII)

Tamiya Prince of Wales British Battleship
  • 1/350 ship kit
  • Length: 25.5 inches 
  • Incredibly detailed Tamiya model that someone with skills/experience can even turn into a museum quality showpiece


6. Academy R.M.S. Titanic MCP

Academy R.M.S. Titanic MCP
  • Scale: 1/400
  • What differentiates this model kit from others is that it can be lighted (optional)


7. Tamiya US Battleship New Jersey

Tamiya US Battleship New Jersey
  • 1/350 scale model 
  • Straightforward instructions (unlike some other battleship model kits) which frees up more time/resources for painting, instead of assembling the kit
  • Photo etched parts included


8. Hasegawa Mikasa Battle of The Japan Sea

  • Scale: 1/350 model ship, Japanese Navy  
  • Approximately 15 inch long, 3.5 inches wide, and 6.5 inches tall 
  • 420 pieces 
  • Parts fit together incredibly well


9. Trumpeter USS Texas Battleship

Trumpeter USS Texas Battleship
  • Trumpeter 1/350 ship model kit
  • Over 800 pieces, requires lots of patience 
  • Not for beginners — instructions can be confusing


10. Trumpeter Roma Italian Navy Battleship

  • 1/350 model boat, many small parts and highly detailed 
  • Kit contains photo etched parts 
  • Great value for the price

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