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Re: Bassett-Lowke tidbit
My model of SIMOUN, a similar ship, has an intact BL label and is configured the same way, with guns and torpedo tubes faced outboard.
Keep in mind that the real ships were built in the 1920's and served through WW II. Their silhouettes changed very little during that time, and thus BL produced models of these for a long time, so there may have been times when the gun mounts etc. were displayed differently on them. During WW II other companies also produced them, and so a lot of these particular models were produced by them as well.
At the urging of others on the board, I picked up a copy of Derek Head's book on BL models. A great investment.
While looking through it I found a photo of L'Alcyon, the only model I have which I know to be a BL.... it has what I believe to have a genuine BL label on the bottom, and I know its provenance. But there's an interesting difference between the photo in Head's book and my model... all gun mounts and TT are trained fore-aft on the model in the book, while mine has main battery trained (alternately) starboard-port-starboard-port (going fore to aft), and has both TT banks trained outboard. My model is pristine, nothing to suggest that she was modified after her original assembly. I wonder how much license builders were given when assembling the final products....