1/72 Scale British
Queen Elizabeth Class 6"/45 (15.2 cm) BL Mark XII Gun with Shield (Deck Mounted). This is a highly detailed part modelled from original plans and using many reference photographs. Comes in 3 parts and will need easy assembly. This is one of the 2 Deck Mounted 6" Guns that were removed from casemates alongside Turret Y and placed on the weatherdeck. These had a larger curved shield than that carried on the A, B, C, D, E Class Cruisers.
- Breech loading mechanism, Handwheels, Hex Nuts, Wiring and Rivets
- Gun angled at 3º (other elevations can be requested)
- Sighting, Training, Trigger and Elevation mechanisms
First carried by the cruiser HMS Birmingham in 1914, this weapon was used as the secondary gun on the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign battleship classes and as the main gun on all cruisers built during World War I. These guns were 5 calibers shorter than the previous 50 caliber guns in order to make them easier to work on small cruisers. The lively nature of those ships had made the 50 caliber guns unwieldy and hard to manage. During World War II some AMCs and gunboats were fitted with guns removed from scrapped ships.Constructed of inner A tube, A tube, full length wire, full length jacket, breech ring and breech bush which screwed into the A tube. Used a hand-worked Welin breech-block. Mark XIIA had a modified chamber with parallel front end, while the Mark XIIB had a modified chamber with a bore of 5.985" (15.202 cm) in an effort to improve accuracy. Where practical, it was preferred not to mix Mark XIIB with Mark XII or XIIA, but all guns were interchangeable. A total of 463 guns were manufactured for the Royal Navy, of which 431 remained in service as of 1939. Although none of these guns were specifically manufactured for the Army, many were transferred from the Navy during World War II for use in emergency coastal defense batteries.
Actual bore length was 45.11 calibers.
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