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USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun

White Ensign Models 1/144 USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2007 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun Scale 1/144
Kit Number PE14402 Primary Media White Metal & Photo-Etch
Pros This set provides some of the armament options needed to replicate other members of the Gato/Balao classes Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (BP) £3.62

 

 

First Look

If you've purchased one of Trumpeter's great 1/144 USS Gato early or late versions, you've got a nice start on a very well-done kit. The only problem with styrene is that you just can't replicate some of the finer details in stryrene. What's more, what if the submarine you want to replicate wasn't armed with the same weapons provided in the kit? White Ensign Models to the rescue.

USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun USN 3"/50 Submarine Deck Gun

This detail set provides a conversion that allows you to replicate a larger number of the Gato-class boats. Many of these were armed with the 3"/50 deck gun such as the USS Blackfish. The 4" gun provided in the Trumpeter kit is distinctly different in shape/size, so this set allows for the proper arming for many of the Gatos you might opt to replicate.

This set provides a detailed mount that can be positioned as desired, and a nice replica of the gun. In addition, the two operator seats, hand and foot controls, gun lock, and gun sights are provided.

As usual, White Ensign Models also provides a nice step-by-step guide to assembling your detail set and a key to identifying the various parts included in the set.

If you are modifying your kit to reproduce any of the other members of the Gato/Balao class, check your references on armament. If this isn't the right gun for your boat, White Ensign Models has produced quite a few different sets to help you properly arm your next project.

As you can see in the photo, the detail set consists of quite a few detail parts that will take care and experience to manipulate and install on your Trumpeter kit. If you're comfortable working in this medium or are ready to give photo-etch in 1/144 scale a try, this is the set for you!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!

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