Black Cat Models

1/350 SQUID ASW Mortar


Reviewed by Martin J Quinn
July 2020
More goodies have arrived from Black Cat Models.   This release is a pair of "SQUID ASW Mortars" in 1/350, set AC350053. 

According to Black Cat's website:  "These mortars were found on Royal Navy escort ships at the end of WWII. It consisted of a three-barrelled mortar which launched depth charges. It replaced the hedgehog system, and was in turn replaced by the Limbo system. SQUID was credited with sinking 17 submarines during WWII. SQUID remained in service with the Royal Navy until 1977".  For more information on the weapon, check out the Wikipedia page here

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The packaging is the now familiar plastic clamshell container, with the 3D printed runner containing the mortars secured to the bottom of the packaging with thick double sided tape.   This prevents the runner from moving during shipping. 

There are two SQUID ASW mortars in the package.   Each mortar is two parts.   The details on the mortars are very good.   I'm especially impressed with the very thin hand wheels on the back of the mount and the open muzzles of the mortar barrels.  Which, incidentally, are off-set, as in the real thing. 

Close ups of some of the parts details.

There are no instructions in the box, but the packing directs you to the Black Cat Models website.   There, on a data page for the particular item, you will find instructions on how to remove the printed supports that are part of the 3D printing process.
These 3D printed SQUID ASW mortars are very well done, with finely rendered details.  They'll make a fine addition to any of your appropriate Royal Navy escort ships. 

This is Black Cat Models set AC350053, SQUID ASW mortar (x2). They retail for about $7.50 USD, and are available directly from Black Cat Models, or from some of our fine sponsors.   Highly recommended.