Reviewed by Martin J
|Shelf Oddity of Poland has sent along additional upgrade sets for review. These are sets SO700195, USN Quintuple 21-inch Mk.14 & Mk.15 Torpedo Tube Mounts and SO700196, USN Quintuple 21-inch Mk.14 & Mk.15 Torpedo Tube Mounts - Advanced Set. Per the Shelf Oddity website, these weapons were "Widely used on various US Navy combat vessels of WW2". These mounts were found the Sumner and Gearing-class destroyers, among others. For more on these mounts, you check out this document on the website martime.org
|These are packaged similar to the
quadruple torpedo tubes reviewed previously, with the parts packaged in plastic flip top containers.
Set SO700195 sits in the container, while set set SO700196 is tucked into a
small plastic bag inside the container.
Set SO700195 includes two print rafts, with two resin quintuple 21-inch mounts, along with a blast shield, one per raft. As with the previously reviewed sets, the detail is quite nice.
There are no instructions or photo-etch included.
|Set SO700196 has two rafts in the container.
Similar to earlier releases, the
difference between the regular set and this advanced set is that this gives you the opportunity to
"pose" your torpedo tubes in different ways. As the Shelf Oddity
website says, "The advanced version of this set allows different
configurations of launcher tubes. Great when planning a maintenance scene on
your model vessel or simply allowing more display variations of this standard
device." The detail on these is as nice as the basic set. Blast shields are also
There are no instructions or photo-etch included. You just select the "pose" you want, which is the front half of the mount, and attach that to the back half of the mount.
|Another nicely detailed and handy accessory from Shelf
These torpedo tube mounts should be an upgrade to any kit supplied version, whether injection molded
or resin. Recommended.
This is Shelf Oddity set SSO700195, USN Quintuple 21-inch Mk.14 & Mk.15 Torpedo Tube Mounts and SO700196, USN Quintuple 21-inch Mk.14 & Mk.15 Torpedo Tube Mounts - Advanced Set. Set SO700195 retails for about $6.00 USD, while set SO700196 retails for about $ 9.00 USD. Both are available directly from Shelf Oddity's website, whom I'd like to thank for the review sample.