Wisky, or the USS Wisconsin if you wanna be official, is an Iowa Class battleship operated by the US Navy from 12/7/43 - 9/30/91 (with a few decommissionings in between). 1 of 4 in her class, she was numbered BB-64, the last battleship made for the US Navy*. Along with the USS Missouri, BB-63, they were the last battleships in the world before being stricken from the US Naval registry in 2006. The Wisconsin served in WWII, Korea, and eventually the Gulf war. The Wisconsin now serves as a museum ship in Norfolk , VA.
Capable of 33+ knots, the Iowa ships were considered FAST for their size, designed to transport their arsenal and keep up with the fast Japanese ships in the Pacific. The Wisconsin and her sister ships could fire a 2,700 lb 16" diameter armor piercing shell over approximately 24 miles with relatively high accuracy. The shells could be flying for almost 90 seconds. Her main battery of nine 16" guns could send 2 rounds per minute from each of her 9 main guns. The Iowa's also initially carried a battery of twenty 5-inch guns, twenty 40mm quad mount and forty-nine 20mm AA guns for air defense. Over time, some of the 5" were removed and the AA guns were replaced with four Phalanx CIWS , each capable of firing 4,500 rounds per minute of 20mm . At the time of her final decommissioning, the Wisconsin was outfitted with a compliment of Tomahawk and Harpoon missile launchers.
The Iowa's initially carried, launched, and recovered their own floatplanes for reconnaissance, spotting, and search and rescue missions. These were eventually phased out and their catapults were removed to clear room for a flight deck for helicopters and storage space.
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A Micro Warship version of the modern BB-64 USS Wisconsin has been designed in 1:155 scale and is awaiting its build. At over 21,000 pieces and and 68" inches in length, she's anything but "micro"...
All proceeds from Wisky Glasses are being designated for construction of the USS Wisconsin and hopefully one day, a set of instructions. I'm offering different "tiers" to suit different tastes. While this is designed as a fundraising campaign, I also realize people want something in return...*LIMITED QUANTITY*
Tier 1: $15.00 Buy a Wisky Glass. A custom printed, 11 oz Whiskey glass for your favorite building beverage.
Tier 2: $30.00 Buy a Wisky Glass and a small Micro kit (could be a Micro Warship, Warbird, etc of $10-$25 value)
Tier 3: $40.00 Buy a Wisky Glass, small Micro kit, and 5% off NKCB purchases for the next year.
Tier 4: $50.00 Buy a Wisky Glass, small Micro kit, and 10% off NKCB purchases for the next year.
Wisky Glasses are hand-wash only and are a "heavy", quality piece of glassware.