Scale: 1/350

Set includes 6 lanterns (3 round style and 3 octagonal).

This multi-part set represents the protective perspex "lantern" housings for the exceptional Royal Navy Type 271 and Type 273 target indication radars. This feature is often missing from plastic model kits and oversimplified in others.

On King George V class battleships, for example, they can often be found mounted between the forward HACS directors or on the foremast starfish, especially before 1944.  On HMS Rodney, it was found on the mainmast starfish.  It is known to have been carried on the battlecruiser HMS Renown and some battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class and "R" class.  This was also a common feature found on County class and Town class cruisersDido class light cruisers, and escorts including the famous Flower class corvettes and Kingfisher class sloops of the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Australian Navy. 

There were many varieties of perspex housing.  This set represents two of the most common kinds, one circular and one octagonal, installed on major Royal Navy World War II combatants.  Consult your references to know which of these two is most appropriate for your model.

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From Wikipedia: "Type 271 was the original naval centimetric target indication radar, later fitted with a plan position indicator. Modifications P and Q were known as the "Centimetric Mark IV". It had separate transmit and receive aerials, small parabolic dishes stacked on top of each other, and referred to as "cheese" after their shape. The antenna array was carried in a distinctive protective perspex "lantern", and initially had to be fitted directly onto the radar office roof due to limitations in coaxial cabling (until suitable  waveguides  had been developed). The Type 271 was a vitally important war weapon, as for the first time it allowed escort ships to reliably detect surfaced U-boats or even just their periscopes. It was first fitted in  HMS Orchis. 350 sets were ordered.[4] It was fitted widely to escort vessels of corvette and frigate size.

"Type 273 "Centimetric Mark IV" target indication set. This set was based on the Type 271, but was intended for major warships of cruiser and battleship size. It used side-by-side 3 feet (910 mm) wide cheese antennas that were carried in a distinctive protective perspex "lantern". In the Battle of the North Cape, HMS Duke of York identified the target of Scharnhorst at 45,000 yards (41,000 m) using her Type 273 set.[5]"


Recommended for:

  • Academy 1/350 scale HMS Warspite
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Ajax
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMCS Buctouche, Flower class corvette
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Exeter
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Hesperus, H class destroyer
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Lance, L class destroyer
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Middleton, Hunt class destroyer escort
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Onslow, O class destroyer
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Queen Elizabeth 1943
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Rodney/Nelson
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMCS Sackville, Flower class corvette
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Sheffield
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Sirius, Dido class light cruiser
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Warspite 1942
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMCS Whidbey, Flower class corvette
  • Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS Zulu, Tribal class destroyer
  • Mini Hobby Models 1/350 scale HMS King George V
  • Mini Hobby Models 1/350 scale HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mirage Hobby 1/350 scale HMS Anchusa
  • Mirage Hobby 1/350 scale HMS Pennywort
  • Mirage Hobby 1/350 scale HMS Spiraea 
  • Mirage Hobby 1/350 scale HMS Zinnia
  • Tamiya 1/350 scale HMS King George V 
  • Tamiya 1/350 scale HMS Prince of Wales 
  • Trumpeter 1/350 scale HMS Belfast 
  • Trumpeter 1/350 scale HMS Queen Elizabeth 1943
  • Trumpeter 1/350 scale HMS Warspite 1942
  • Trumpeter 1/350 scale HMS Rodney
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Barfluer, Battle class destroyer
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Havelock, H class destroyer
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Janus, J class destroyer
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Kittiwake, Kingfisher class coastal sloop
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Laforey, L class destroyer
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Musketeer, M class destroyer
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Portchester Castle, Castle class corvette
  • White Ensign Models 1/350 scale HMS Starling, Black Swan class sloop
  • and more!

1/350 "Lanterns" for Type 271 and 273 Radar

SKU: 350-lanterns

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