Shelf Oddity
1/700 USN Triple 21-inch Torpedo Tube Mounts

 

Reviewed by Martin J Quinn
January 2023
Shelf Oddity of Poland has sent us some upgrade sets for review.   These are sets SO700200, USN Triple 21-inch Torpedo Tube Mount and SO700201,  USN Triple 21-inch Torpedo Tube Mount - Advanced SetPer the Shelf Oddity website, these weapons were "widely used on early US Navy combat vessels pre-war and WW2 ones".  You'll find these on flush deck destroyers and Omaha class cruisers, among others. 

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THE PARTS
The parts arrive in a plastic flip top container.  Set SO700200 sits in the container, while set set SO700201 is tucked into a small plastic bag inside the container. 

Set SO700200 includes four resin triple 21-inch mounts on one raft.  The detail is quite nice, especially the director on top of the mount. 

There are no instructions or photo-etch included. 

 

Set SO700201 has two rafts in the container.  The difference between the regular set is that this set 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, not only the director on top of the mount, but the "flaps" that cover the head of the torpedo and flipped back as well.  I like that you have the option to flip one cover back or all three covers, depending on which part you choose. 

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. 


 
CONCLUSIONS
Another nicely detailed and handy accessory from Shelf Oddity.  These torpedo tube mounts should be an upgrade to any kit supplied version, whether injection molded or resin.  Recommended. 

This is Shelf Oddity set SO700200, USN Triple 21-inch Torpedo Tube Mount and SO700201, USN Triple 21-inch Torpedo Tube Mount - Advanced Set..  Set SO700200 retails for about $6.00 USD, while set SO700201 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. 




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