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Set contains 4 turntables and 4 forward carriage slides, enough for two forward and two aft torpedo tubes. These turntables and slides were fit to US Navy World War Two-era PT Boats. This product is NOT needed if purchasing torpedo tubes, available separately. Slides and turntables are included with the tubes.
This product represents the baseplates, turntables and forward carriage slides of the US Navy's Mk.18 torpedo tubes fit to PT boats in the early years of World War Two. During 1943, Mk.13 aerial torpedoes were seen as more reliable and predictable than the earlier Bliss-Leavitt Mk.8 torpedoes carried by many US Navy PT boats. To launch the new Mk.13 torpedoes, torpedo tubes were removed from PT boats in favor of roll-off racks. Often, the baseplates for the turntables and forward slides of the former Mk.18 torpedo tubes remained fixed to the deck after the roll-off racks were installed. It has been suggested that on occasion, the turntables and slides also remained fixed to the baseplates, at least for a time. A good reference for PT boats can be found on NavSource (click here).
If you are purchasing the Mk.18 torpedo tubes (available separately), do NOT purchase this product. Turntables and carriage slides are included with the torpedo tubes.
Important notice: these 3D-printed parts are not 3D-printed copies of any plastic model kit's parts. They are original designs, scaled from actual 1942 builders blueprints to represent the real turntable and slides. Therefore, they are not the same size or shape of your Lindberg kit's parts. If you intend to use the Lindberg kit's torpedo tubes with these parts, some adjustment to the Lindberg kit's torpedo tubes' parts will be necessary for best fit.
- accurately scaled from scans of original Electric Boat Company manufacturer's blueprints dated 3 December 1942.
- details confirmed from careful study of period photographs
- accurately depicts the different features of the baseplates, turntables and slides for port and starboard Mk.18 torpedo tubes
- accurately shaped and located training gear
- bolt heads accurately scaled in their proper position, many randomly turned for realism
- separate the turntable baseplates from each other by removing their attachment sprue
- position the flat side of the turntable bases outboard at the edge of the deck (the rounded side goes inboard).
- separate the forward slide baseplates from each other by removing their attachment sprue
- the forward slides have a small training gear (a rounded boxy structure) located on one corner. Position the slides so that the training gear is on the inboard, forward corner of the slide.
- position the outboard edge of the slides against the deck edge.