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Contains parts for 1 mount (turret).
Among naval historians, the US Navy 5"/38 caliber gun is considered the best intermediate-caliber, dual purpose naval gun of World War II. This type was installed on several classes of destroyers, destroyer escorts and Coast Guard cutters as well as the battleship USS Idaho BB-42 and the nuclear-powered cruiser USS Long Beach CGN-9. The "Lightweight" or "Single Knuckle" version was normally placed in locations where roof reinforcement was not required. The late version, reproduced here, appeared sometime after 1942, had no stiffeners on the front of the gunhouse and additional fasteners on access hatches. An alarm bell was often fitted to the rear of the mount. This type of 5-inch/38 Mount is often seen on "square bridge" Fletchers such as USS Kidd DD-661.
Of the five 5-inch/38 caliber Mk.30 single mounts normally fitted to a Fletcher class destroyer, three "Lightweights" were carried, all mounted on top of deckhouses in superfiring positions, one forward (“Mount 52”) and two aft (“Mount 53” and "Mount 54").
This multi-part, unassembled model kit can be made rotatable and the gun can be positioned at any realistic elevation.
- an asymmetrical gunhouse (turret)
- offset gun opening
- detailed turret bottom supporting structure
- rear vent and alarm bell
- detailed gun captain blast hood, available sparately
- detailed turret base ring, sloped or flat, available separately
Customers report that this product, if printed in "Strong and Flexible Plastic", a kind of nylon, will have noticeable striations (print lines). To smooth "Strong and Flexible" nylon plastic, apply thin layers of primer meant specifically for nylon then smooth the primer. Use paints meant specifically for nylon. Other paints may not adhere. "Strong and Flexible" plastic is recommended for radio control models where strength and durability are more important than surface smoothness. Simply Google "primer for nylon" and "paint for nylon" to find several good options.
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"Frosted Ultra Detail" acrylic plastic is another material option that does offer very smooth surfaces and much finer detail. "Frosted Ultra Detail" acrylic plastic is recommended for static display models where surface smoothness and detail are important. "Frosted Ultra Detail" plastic is relatively brittle and not recommended for radio control models.
Suitable for scale models of the following ships and classes:
- German destroyer class 119
- USS Idaho BB-42
- USS Long Beach CGN-9
- Wind class US Coast Guard cutters