1/350 Regia Marina Littorio Class 152mm/55 (6") Model 1936 x4
1/350 Scale Regia Marina Littorio Class 152mm/55 (6") Model 1936 x4. 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.
- 4x Turrets in set, 2x Forward (Port & Starboard with extra access ladders for AA position) and 2x Aft (Port & Starboard)
- Details include: Open Rangefinder Ports, Armour Plating join seams, Rivets, AA Platforms on forward turrets, 20mm Ready-use Ammo Lockers, Blast Bag Fasteners and Roof Access Ladders
- Barrels are printed separately and are set at an elevation of 0º due to the barrel opening armour plate mechanisms.
A good anti-destroyer weapon, this was the secondary gun on the Littorio class battleships and the main gun on the Garibaldi class (5th “Condottieri”) light cruisers. The Model 1934 was made by Ansaldo and were of monobloc construction with a horizontal sliding breech block. The Model 1936 was made by OTO and was constructed of two tubes, loose liner and a horizontal sliding breech block.
These guns were a significant improvement from earlier 152 mm (6”) guns in that they were more widely spaced in the turrets, were separately sleeved and had a lower and more reasonable muzzle velocity from the beginning. The increase in barrel length from the previous weapons was in attempt to obtain improved thermodynamic performance. Whatever the reasons, these new guns did prove to be the most accurate of all the Italian 152 mm (6”) guns in service during World War II with dispersion patterns with APC being 260 to 300 feet (80 to 90 m) at a range of 19,140 yards (17,500 m). However, dispersion with HE rounds was much larger, 525 to 656 feet (160 to 200 m) at a range of 19,140 yards (17,500 m). This larger dispersion with HE was attributed to the shape of the nose and nose fuze used on these projectiles. Studies were underway in 1941 to alter the shape of the round and their internal weight distribution but a new design did not enter service.