1/72 Royal Navy Hotchkiss 3-pdr MKI & II (Steam Pinnace version)

  • $11.50

1/72 Scale Royal Navy Hotchkiss 3-pdr MKI & II x1 (Steam Pinnace version) as used by the Royal Navy and Allied Navies. Highly detailed gun modelled from plans and many reference photographs.

  • 1x Mount, Cradle mount printed separately to be attached to Steam Pinnace fore deck house
  • Highly detailed and accurate part, modelled from plans and photographic reference
  • Details include: Training and Elevation Gear, Accurate Breech loading and Trigger mechanism, Operators Rest, Rivets, Hex nuts, Sighting Apparatus
  • Barrel set at 0º elevation, Barrel and Cradle printed separately and can be trained as desired.

Hotchkiss 3-pdr guns were introduced in 1886 for locations where the 6-pdr gun was considered to be too heavy. Used as anti-torpedo boat guns on most small cruisers built prior to World War I. As did other nations, the British found that these small-caliber projectiles were too light to be effective and many guns were converted following World War I to sub-caliber training and saluting guns. This last use meant that a number of these guns survived until World War II when they were converted back to shooting guns and used on MLs and other minor auxiliary warships. An approximate total of 2,950 of these guns were in naval service, with about 1,950 of these still available in 1939.

Mark I was of monobloc construction while the Mark II was a built-up design. Almost all surviving guns in 1939 were Mark I.