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Scale: 1/128 (3/32 inch = 1 foot)
Set contains 2 turrets (1 twin 8"/55 turret and 1 triple 8"/55 turret). Two sets are required to complete one model.
- overall dimensions precisely scaled from US Navy O.P.1112 (2nd Rev.) "Gun Mount and Turret Catalog" drawings dated 15 January 1945
- correct gunhouse roof geometry
- 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' elevation to any realistic elevation from -5 degrees to +40 degrees just like the real turret
The US Navy installed two 8"/55 caliber Triple Turrets and two 8"/55 caliber Twin Turrets on the ships of the Pensacola class heavy cruisers of World War II fame:
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- USS Pensacola CA-24
- USS Salt Lake City CA-25
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."