1/350 Regia Marina Littorio Class 381mm/50 (15") Model 1934/1939 x3 (w. Blast bags)
1/350 Scale Regia Marina Littorio Class 381mm/50 (15") Model 1934/1939 x3 (w. Blast bags). These are highly detailed models created using plans, dimensions and many photographs for the Littorio Class Battleships Littorio, Vittorio Veneto & Roma. Ideal replacements for the poor versions in the 1/350 Trumpeter kit.
- 3x Turrets in set, each Turret is unique and is clearly marked on the base
- Details include: Open Rangefinder Ports, Armour Plating join seams, Rivets, AA Platforms, Crew Helmets, Turret Roof Guttering, Blast Bag Fasteners and Roof Access Ladders
- Turrets printed with authentic effect Blast Bags with Barrels set at an elevation of 3º.
A powerful weapon for its caliber, with a maximum range exceeding that of all other battleship guns despite its modest maximum elevation. This superb performance had a price in that they suffered from excessive dispersion and a very short barrel life, which was only about half that of other nation’s large-caliber guns.
The guns were built in two batches of twenty guns each with the Model 1934 guns arming Littorio and Littorio and the Model 1939 guns arming Roma and Impero. Ansaldo built the guns for the Littorio and Impero and three guns for Roma. Odero-Terni-Orlando (OTO) built the guns for Littorio and six guns for Roma. The guns made for Littorio differed in that there were six major components rather than the four components of the other guns. There were small differences between models and manufacturers, but all except those for Littorio were constructed of an A tube in two layers over the chamber and part of the rifled bore, the outer layer continuing to the muzzle. There was a jacket over about 72% of the total length and a breech bush screwing into the jacket. These later guns were equipped with a loose liner which could apparently be removed from the breech end of the rifle. All guns used a Welin breech-block that was hydro-pneumatically operated and opened to the left in the left gun and to the right in the center and right gun. A compressed-air smoke scavenging system was used to remove propellant gasses after the guns fired.