Master Model 1/350
IJN 12.7cm Barrels
(without blastbags)

Reviewed August 2016
by Dan Kaplan

Background
The standard main battery for Imperial Japanese Navy destroyers leading up to and during the Second World War was the Type 3  12.7cm/50 cal gun. It was typically mounted in an enclosed twin barreled turret.  Some were mounted in single mount turrets. This was essentially a low angle weapon used most effectively against surface targets, and not to be confused with the dual purposed Type 89 12.7cm/40 cal gun.
MAIN GUN BARRLES
These CNC machined brass barrels are more realistic in appearance than their plastic injected counterparts. Eight brass barrels come supplied in a small cellophane and plastic package. All the barrels are tapered, with a center drilled opening at the front, and mounting pin at the rear. The barrel should be glued into a corresponding hole in the plastic facing of the turretís gun port.  The hole will need to be drilled out. CA glue is recommended. These barrels come as advertised without blast bags and, as a result, are longer then might be expected. 
INSTRUCTIONS
It consists of a simple sheet with illustrations. There is no instruction aside from using a 0.5mm drill bit.
Final Thoughts
To be honest, this offering threw me a bit. Master Model actually makes two versions of this barrel, one meant for use with blast bags, and this version for use without blast bags. A Japanese destroyer without blast bags would be an unusual circumstance, as destroyers of the IJN typically wore blast bags on their main guns all the time.

There are a handful of photos that show some of the Fubuki types on their builderís trials (Ayanami and Shikanami), but that circumstance was brief.  Another photo of Isokaze (Kagero class) in early 1943 shows the barrels of her #1 mount without blast bags, but this photo was taken after incurring considerable bomb damage and the bags were removed for replacement. 

So, I would recommend this particular version of the barrel for very specific fits or dioramas, not general appearance.  That said, a hole can be drilled down through a kitís plastic blast bag to fit this barrel if need be.  Iíve done it in 1/700, so Iím confident it can be done in 1/350. 

This is set # SM-350-083, which typically retails for well under $8.00 US.  Check the list of stores that sell the line on the Master Model website.




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