Royal Navy Vickers .50" MG on Mark 1 Quad Mount (x12)


Black Cat Models, 1/350 Scale, Printed Resin

Reviewed by Devin Poore, January 2020

Initially developed by the British, in the early 1930s, the .50 cal Vickers saw extensive use before and during World War II. For shipboard use, as depicted here, they were typically mounted in four gun mounts, vertically. Think of the US 1.1" Chicago Piano quad mounts, turned on their side. Much like the American 1.1" mounts, the quad-mount Vickers was quickly outclassed by the newer heavier and faster aircraft, resulting in them being replaced by 20 and 40mm mounts as they became available. 

This is another of Black Cat Models' nice, direct-swap accessories for 1/350th scale warship models. Packaged in a clear blister pack, the prints are still attached to the printing raft, right out of the 3D printer, supports and all. The raft is stuck to the inside of the package with a bit of double-sided tape, ensuring there's no breakage from shifting around. I wish more manufacturer's would do this.

There are no instructions included in the set, as it comes in a small blister case, but an illustrated single-sheet can be downloaded from the company's website, located HERE. The diagram is very useful in identifying the printing supports which need to be removed.

The components show nothing in regards to artifacts or print layer lines. They are one piece per mount, with the sights and elevation wheels part of the single-piece print. Removal from the print raft and support structures should be easily accomplished, using a sharp pair of cutters/nippers.

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The Black Cat 1/350th scale The should provide a fantastic and easy upgrade to existing plastic and resin model kits of early and pre-World War II, British and other allied navies armament. 

Thank you to Black Cat Models for the review sample.