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Set contains 3 turrets (no barrels).
Scale: Tamiya's 1/350 scale USS New Jersey and USS Missouri kits' turrets are 11% overscale, closer to 1/315 scale. These 3D-printed turrets match the Tamiya turrets' scale but are shaped and detailed more accurately.
This set of three-gun turrets (more properly called "gunhouses") represents the enormous main battery of the Iowa and Montana class battleships. These model turrets are intended specifically for 1/350 scale Tamiya Iowa class model kits. Turrets for projects which require turrets precisely scaled to 1/350 are available separately (click here).
Note: when compared to official US Navy blueprints dated 1940, the Tamiya kits' parts are actually overscale, closer to 1/315 scale, about 1/16th inch too wide and about 1/8 inch too long, and the barrels are set slightly wider than they should be. This design matches the Tamiya turret's size but these turrets are shaped and detailed more accurately than Tamiya's. Because these 3D-printed turrets have a more accurate shape than the Tamiya turrets, some adjustment to other aftermarket products like photoetch may be required for best fit.
The turrets are costly due to the extraordinary amount of acrylic plastic extruded by the printer (15.3 cubic cm) and the time required to print them. They cannot be printed in other, less-costly materials while preserving their exceptional detail.
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© Model Monkey Book and Hobby. This 3D-printed item may not be copied or recast.
- dimensions scaled from scans of original builder's blueprints and confirmed by measurements taken from actual gunhouses on the real ships (Tamiya's turrets are slightly too big)
- open armored rangefinder viewport shutters
- rangefinders with telescopic sights visible through the open shutters of the armored covers
- armored rangefinder hexhead bolt and domed screw details
- detailed rooftop periscopes
- asymmetrical underside ventilation trunks (as-built 1943-1945 configuration)
- detailed turret-bottom crew access hatches
- turret roof plate screws, properly numbered, sized and located
Regarding the Mark 7 gun, from Wikipedia: "These guns were 50 calibers long—or 50 times their 16-inch (406 mm) bore diameter which makes the barrels 66.6 feet (20 m) long, from breechface to muzzle. Each gun weighed about 239,000 pounds (108,000 kg) without the breech, or 267,900 pounds (121,517 kg) with the breech. They fired projectiles weighing from 1,900 to 2,700 pounds (850 to 1,200 kg) at a maximum speed of 2,690 feet per second (820 m/s) with a range of up to 24 miles (39 km). At maximum range the projectile spent almost 1½ minutes in flight. Each turret required a crew of 79 men to operate. The turrets themselves cost US$1.4 million each, to which the cost of the guns had to be added."
These turrets were specifically designed for the Iowa class battleships of the U.S. Navy, and later intended for the even larger Montana class battleships, mounted three 16-inch/50 caliber Mark 7 naval rifles. This was the largest naval turret and gun used operationally by any US Navy warship. The Iowa class carried three of these huge turrets. The Montana class would have carried four. This turret is not accurate for the earlier North Carolina class and South Dakota class battleships, whose turrets were slightly shorter.
This turret is suitable for:
- BB-61 USS Iowa
- BB-62 USS New Jersey
- BB-63 USS Missouri
- BB-64 USS Wisconsin
- BB-65 USS Kentucky
- BB-66 USS Illinois
- BB-67 USS Montana
- BB-68 USS Ohio
- BB-69 USS Louisiana
- BB-70 USS New Hampshire
- BB-71 USS Maine