- Blue Water Navy 1/350 scale USS California BB-44 (1941) - built as USS Tennessee
- Classic Warships 1/350 USS Tennessee BB-43 (1941)
- Iron Shipwrights 1/350 USS California BB-44 (1941) - built as USS Tennessee
- Iron Shipwrights 1/350 USS Tennessee BB-43 (1941)
These models represent the two aft protected fighting positions, known as "gun tubs", fit specifically to USS Tennessee BB-43 in late 1941 (see photo in carousel). Tennessee's aft tubs had smooth outer shields and a triangular supporting base. Other contemporary battleships, such as USS Arizona, had tubs of a different configuration with reinforcing vertical ribs on the tub's exterior and a square supporting base (click here). The models are intended to further detail any 1/350 scale USS Tennessee BB-43 model kit as the ship appeared at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
Sometime in early 1940, USS Tennessee was armed with 3"/50 cal. anti-aircraft mounts. Raised, protected fighting positions, called "gun tubs", were constructed for the mounts and their crews on the quarterdeck. Model kits often erroneously depict these tubs flat on the deck. The real tubs were raised above the deck on round stands.
When installing these tubs, position the cutout so that it is oriented toward the ship's centerline.
These 3D-printed acrylic parts are designed to accurately represent features of the actual ship based on authoritative plans. They are not 3D-printed copies of inaccurate plastic kit parts and therefore are shaped and sized a bit differently. Some adjustment to your plastic kit's parts or other aftermarket parts such as photoetch or wood decks may be necessary for best fit.
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