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This accurate and highly detailed model kit represents the US Navy's Mk.14 and Mk.15 Quintuple Torpedo Mount.
- overall dimensions accurately scaled from official US Navy drawings
- details confirmed from careful study of surviving mounts aboard USS Kidd and USS Cassin Young
- separate base ring stand permitting full rotation
- hex-head bolts and rivets properly sized and accurately located
- detailed torpedo stops, and trainer's and gyro setter's instruments
- barrels completely hollow
- rear loading door is the later "single lever, quick-acting" type (no dogs)
- trainer's and gyro setter's bench seat, and hand rails omitted (too thin to print)
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These torpedo mounts were the standard World War II-era US Navy torpedo mounts first fit to destroyers of the Benson/Gleaves class beginning in 1937. They continued to be the standard torpedo mount for the following Fletcher (DD-445) class, Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) class, and Gearing (DD-710) class. These ships mounted either one or two mounts. Check your references to know how many mounts your model needs.
The Mk.14 and Mk.15 torpedo mounts launched 21-inch diameter Mk.15 torpedoes (not included). The Mk.15 Mount carried a drum-shaped blast shield installed to protect the operating crew from the gun blasts of a nearby 5"/38 caliber gun and twin 40mm Bofors. Other than the blast shield, the Mk.14 and Mk.15 Mounts were identical.
From Microworks.com: "In the battles of Vella Gulf and Cape St. George, destroyer attacks using torpedoes [launched from this mount] sank six enemy destroyers without losing a single man, with a [seventh] (the legendary Shigure) escaping only because a torpedo hitting her rudder failed to explode....U.S. destroyer torpedoes also accounted for the only "dreadnought"-type battleship ever sunk in action by surface launched torpedoes, the Fuso, during the Battle of Surigao Strait."