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- Strike Models 1/144 scale USS Northampton CA-26
- Strike Models 1/144 scale USS Portland CA-33
Contains one (1) Triple Turret with Barrel Sleeve. Three turrets are required to complete one model.
This design uses the most rugged 3D-printed materials available for good performance for combat RC models. Stong and Flexible Plastic is very economical when compared to other materials, is completely waterproof, lightweight, and resistant to BB fire. It's detail is softer than other material (surface details will print thicker), it is not easily sandable and requires paints intended for nylon. A "Best Detail" version is available separately.
- overall dimensions precisely scaled from US Navy O.P.1112 (2nd Rev.) "Gun Mount and Turret Catalog" drawings dated 15 January 1945
- accurately shaped armored rangefinder hoods
- four crew access doors and 172 hex-head exterior bolts properly positioned, sized and correctly placed according to photos of the actual turrets
- separate trunnion, slotted for your favorite brass barrels (not included) to allow you to position the guns to any realistic elevation from -5 degrees to +40 degress just like the real turret
The US Navy installed three 8"/55 caliber Triple Turrets on the following heavy cruisers of World War II fame:
- USS Northampton CA-26
- USS Chester CA-27
- USS Lousiville CA-28
- USS Chicago CA-29
- USS Houston CA-30
- USS Augusta CA-31
- USS Portland CA-33
- USS Indianapolis CA-35
This turret is not suitable for USS New Orleans CA-32 or USS Astoria CA-34. They had a different kind of triple turret.
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From Wikipedia: "The 8"/55 caliber gun (spoken "eight-inch-fifty-five-caliber") formed the main battery of United States Navy heavy cruisers and two early aircraft carriers. United States naval gun terminology indicates the gun barrel had an internal diameter of 8 inches (203 mm), and the barrel was 55 calibers long (barrel length is 8 inch × 55 = 440 inches or 11 meters).
"Mark 9: These built-up guns weighed about 30 tons including a liner, tube, jacket, and five hoops. A down-swing Welin breech block was closed by compressed air from the gas ejector system. Loading with two silk bags each containing 45-pounds (20 kg) of smokeless powder gave a 260-pound (120 kg) projectile a velocity of 2800 feet per second (850 m/s). Range was 31,860 yd (29,130 m) at the maximum elevation of 41 degrees.
"Mark 14: These guns were similar to Mark 9, with the same shell weight and maximum range, with a smaller chamber and rifling twist increased from 1 in 35 to 1 in 25 in a chromium-plated bore."