Navy 2 Pounder Pom Pom MK.VIII
On Quad Mount MK. VII (x3)
Black Cat Models, 1/350 Scale, Printed Resin
Reviewed by Devin Poore, March 2020
|The 2 pounder Pom Pom gun was used in various
guises by the British and her allies during WWII. This particular mount
is a quad-mount, a reduced-sized version of the larger 8 barreled mount,
for destroyer and cruiser-sized ships.
Packaged in a clear blister pack, all of the parts in this set are 3D printed. There are two printing rafts attached with double-sided tape to the inside of the blister. One raft has three quad gun assemblies, the other raft has the three gun mounts. The guns are finely printed, with appropriate muzzle flare. The gun bases are printed in one-piece, with pipe railings, seats, and sights all attached. All components are, as previously stated, still attached to the printing raft, right out of the 3D printer, supports and all. Based on previous experience with Black Cat components, removal from the print raft and support structures should be easily accomplished, using a sharp pair of cutters/nippers. There are some extremely fine parallel printing artifacts on the flat portions of the gun bases, but they only show up in macro photos, not to the naked eye, and will definitely disappear under a coat of primer and paint.
There are no instructions included in the set, 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.
with all of Black Cat's 1/350th scale accessories, these are a well designed,
highly detailed, and easy upgrade to existing plastic and resin model kits
of World War II British warships. The big selling point of these pieces
is the all-in-one aspect of the gun mount, removing the need for adding
fine photo-etched sights and gunner's seats.
Thank you to Black Cat Models for the review sample.