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Re: Technical question
My observation of photographs from the war is that during wartime, ships did indeed keep their turrets trained outwards when they were at sea, which makes perfect sense when you consider that AA guns needed to be ready for action at a moment's notice. Training fore and aft in any potential battle zone would have been very bad practice indeed. Check Navsource for virtually any US battleship or cruiser and you'll see the same.
It is easier to cast that way if you are wanting to produce a one-piece casting. Some manufacturers produce separate castings for the secondary guns but this is a more expensive solution in terms of time spent in making a fully assembled model. Early Neptun models of some US ships did have the turrets aligned fore and aft but I think all of those were replaced in the last 10 years of production.
I was looking over my models today and something struck me about my Neptuns that I hadn't noted before. On my BBs and war-built cruiser models that have twin 5"/38 turrets, the turrets are always turned outward, even though during regular steaming they would have been oriented fore and aft. Is this simply a stylistic choice on Neptuns part, or is it easier to cast this way?