Master Models' 1/350 Scharnhorst Armament Set for the Dragon Models 1/350 German Battleship Scharnhort 1943, consists of 3 different sizes of brass barrel, one for each of the different primary gun calibers. There are nine of the 28cm main guns, three for each of the three triple turrets. Next, there 12 of the 15cm barrels; eight for the four twin turrets, and four more for the single mounts. The single 15cm's are open mounts, so the barrels for are cut to a different length, reflecting the differences in appearance between the two 15cm mount types. Finally, there are 14 of the 105mm barrels for the twin AA mounts. This set does not include any small caliber AA guns.
The barrels for the 25cm and 15cm guns in this are intended for modellers who wish to model their gun barrels on Scharnhorst open; that is, unprotected by blastbags (also called bloomers). These barrels will replace the kit's plastic barrel either at the gun receiver or trunnion, and will require mounting holes to be drilled.
Master Model barrels continue to set the standard others compare themselves to. The decision to only include the barrels for the larger calibers is a good one; handling and installing the smaller 37mm and 20mm AA guns are not for every modeller.
This pack of barrels from Master Model #SM-350-057, is priced at $19.95 and is available now.
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