Author Topic: (1/72nd scale) 40mm Bofors L/56 Mk I Naval Mount [edited for clarity]  (Read 925 times)

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This is a quick and dirty sub-assembly build, slated to be mounted on a Kriegsmarine R-boat (kitbashed from an AIRFIX S-boat).



That's gonna take awhile, so in the interim I'm going for completing the low-hanging fruit.

It's not meant to be a super-detailed build, so there'll be no additional photo-etching or insane detailing work.
It is meant more to illustrate using alternative presentation mediums.

The 'deck' is an aluminum screened porch vent surplus from a home project.


For excessive details on the L/56 Bofors at sea, see
http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_4cm-56_mk12.php

The gun kit is from the AIRFIX offering.
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a02314-bofors-40mm-gun-and-tractor--181436


The base is a stub casing (from the era of trench art ash trays).

After a bath in white vinegar, it got some elbow grease and Brasso.


Stampings seem to indicate that it's a February 1943 Navy contract (little anchor) vintage case made by Lyon, Inc. of Detroit, Michigan (triangle L) for a Mk 1 Bofors (the aircooled L/56 that they mounted later in the war on PT boats as Jap barge busters).

« Last Edit: January 18, 2021, 01:31:33 AM by Story »

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Re: (1/72nd scale) 40mm Bofors L/56 Mk I Naval Mount
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 05:52:57 AM »
Interesting to see the project develop

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Re: (1/72nd scale) 40mm Bofors L/56 Mk I Naval Mount [edited for clarity]
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 08:08:39 AM »
Since this'll probably morph into an R-Boat thread, one of those I'm templating (R-195) was fitted with a quad Flak on the 2nd position (I think).



As with the Bofors, sticking with the same detail level as the base AIRFIX kit.


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Re: (1/72nd scale) 40mm Bofors L/56 Mk I Naval Mount [edited for clarity]
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 10:12:14 AM »
I like where you are going with this.
is that a repop of the venerable Hasegawa kit from the 70's ?

discussion on the PT boats inspiration thread has touched on some of this
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3278.0

One of the nice concepts mentioned was fitting a Kugelblitz turret on the S-100 S Boot, which being sleek and armoured makes some sense and I reckon would look very cool.
On this type of boat it may fit, but the Quad mount would be more traditional and in keeping.
Wirbelwind Turret maybe to give crew protection ?