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You scared the heck out of me!
"And while the ASROC has a visible narrow gap between the four cells to the right and the four to the left, the BPDMS is a solid block of eight cells."
Thought I had mailed him the wrong part! Just got done ripping up my spare parts stash, and then looking photos up online. Whew!...Other way around, Rick. (Sent him the correct part after all.) Now, we wait for my heart rate to come back down, and pack my hobby room all back together.
ASROC. Solid block of eight cells: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ASROC_launcher_USS_Columbus_1962.jpg#mw-jump-to-license
BPDMS. Space between each end unit: http://www.seaforces.org/wpnsys/SURFACE/Mk-25-launcher_DAT/Mk-25-missile-launcher-009.jpg
For what it's worth, there is only one mark of BPDMS (pronounced "Bee pa dee mis", but known by its style - "Shoot the 5" gun until the target is within BPDMS range, then stop with the gun so our bullets don't shoot down our missile", followed by an almighty eye-roll.) If it is a shipboard BPDMS, it is a Mk 25.
It seems to look a lot like an ASROC launcher, or the Nato Sea Sparrow that Ralph mentions, but the BPDMS is smaller than the ASROC. the BPDMS stands on a pedestal-looking thing, while the ASROC has a big strong framework as its base. And while the ASROC has a visible narrow gap between the four cells to the right and the four to the left, the BPDMS is a solid block of eight cells. And the Nato Sea Sparrow has a very wide gap down the middle.
I provide all this descriptive stuff so that you might find you already have a BPDMS in your parts box.
What are you building? In my case, I need that for the AFV Club Knox class kit, as the Knox I served on never was upgraded to CIWS or Sea Sparrow. And the former USS Stein is now in the Mexican navy, still with that darned BPDMS system.
Does anyone know what Mk the BPMDS in the Skywave Weapon set?8 Need one 1 1:700 Mk 25 BPMDS. Will be willing to pay. TIA
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