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US Naval 4 inch/50 cal Gun
vonHengest
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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 12:28 PM UTC
Alan McNeilly takes a look at the CMK 1/35 scale US Naval 102mm Gun.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 11:38 PM UTC
Thanks Alan. This will make an excellent scene. Good detail and a low parts count - I like that! I hope more of these auxiliary weapons are produced. They expand the horizon for diorama subjects. There are so many neat subjects that can be created to high quality now. H/R Products made many exotic weapons including a 1/32 U.S. Navy 3"/50 Mk 22 Mount (Single Open); I built their 1/32 towed 40mm Bofors, USN 20mm Oerlikon and .50-caliber M1921 water-cooled machine gun back in the '70s. They were cast lead or white metal and pretty good models. I still have them.
AlanL
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 12:15 AM UTC
Hi Fredrick,

Thanks. Only grumble was no response from CMK when I emailed them about a replacement part for the shield support I lost along the way. I used a piece of scrap PE filed to fit. Don't you just hate gremlins! Part was there one minute and gone the next .

Apart form the 4 used in Western Australia I'm still looking for a land based UK deployment. There were thousands of defence sites constructed across the UK from 1939 onwards and there is indication the MK 9 was deployed in coastal defence having been acquired through Lend Lease but I haven't found a specific site/location yet.

If I don't find a location I could simply take the shield off and go Aussie but I thought the Bronco Bofors Crew would be very adaptable for shore based crew.. Doing the research into UK Coastal Defence has been a very interesting, just need to find a location for the gun .

As you say there are lots of possibilities for dioramas either part ship or land based.

Cheers

Al
AlanL
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:05 AM UTC
This is the Aussie gun at Beacon Battery WA in 1943

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Al
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 05:53 AM UTC
Excellent review, Alan! Such a subject would also have some applications in shipboard dioramas, especially shadow boxes...

--Karl
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 04:15 AM UTC
Thanks Karl.

Al