--Originally Posted 4/17/10--
Development of the 550-scale RN twin-6inch turrets has recently seen progress:
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Incorporating my unique (AFAIK) feature of "double-doors", providing options for open- or closed depiction of hatchways, doors, etc., without requirement of any PE or other addition(s) whatsoever - i.e., simply by removing
mass - the master (left, and foremost turret, at right) is now so endowed, regarding botht the (local-control) sighting ports on its face, as well as access hatches on its aft side. The overall dimension are also far more accurate than those in the Airfix kit, plus the end confection will include individually-elevating gun barrels (not shown). At right, note the prototypes fit quite nicely on the Airfix deck - though although the molded-in barbettes are too narrow. In fact, barbette diameters extended to the full turret-width, as clearly visible from our reference pics
- not least of which now include one already provided
by Peter "The Piper" Rea
, who just arrived bearing references from the excellent book, recently released: "The Search for the Sydney
", by David Meardon.
The new references will accurize yet a little bit more the above turret upgrades, which will include replacement barbettes, custom-fitted to slip right over the Airfix mold, thus correcting all
errors of these guns plaguing the Airfix kit.
But assisting the 6-inch turrets development is the least
of the benefits already being provided by the "Search for the Sydney" refs:
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At top, the book's stern-quarter view
of (a 3D CG-model of) Sydney, as-sunk, reveals many details heretofore eluding me, particularly, in Inset #1 (left, at bottom), the funnel (starboard side) steam whistle design, somewhat difficult to make out against another item: the bridge searchlight platform (portside), itself representing a much sought-after detail (seen better to starboard) - which I had until now thought mounted a quad-brace of 0.30cal (Lewis) machine guns, each. Likewise, elucidation of the forward funnel's larger searchlight platforms, and deckhouse stradling its forward base - as well as the design of the barge-type(?) ship's boats - are all greatly appreciated.
potentially useful - and doggedly elusive, up 'till now - are details of the 4-inch High-Angle AA guns in Inset #2 (right, at bottom), as well as those of the deckhouse/vents array, straddling the base of the aft funnel, the latter having until now proven very difficult to interpret from orthographic (2-view) drawings alone. The 4-inch guns look surprisingly like USN unshielded single-4inch open-mount deck guns on submarines, except here mounted on some sort of roughly half- or one-third-shielded carriages, of a design I have never seen before. This is very interesting - and demanding of further clarification before I plunge ahead on the 4-inch HA masters already in development.
Instead, the above will permit work to leap ahead on the funnel masters - the aft one now actually to be much simpler than what I was prepared to continue laboring upon. And the new work will now benefit fromsubstantially improved techniques, which I've learned since the project started!
So, stand by for another run of progress upcoming...