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Scale: 1/450

Set includes 4 directors.

Recommended for: Hasegawa 1/450 USS Missouri BB-63 

 

The US Navy Mark 37 Director was used to control the fire of the 5”/38 caliber dual purpose batteries against both aircraft and surface targets, to direct the fire of starshells for the illumination of surface targets and to position the searchlights.

Mk.37 directors were commonly installed on many classes of US Navy and US Coast Guard ships during World War II through the Cold War.  Succeeding the earlier "angle-back" Mk.37 directors and early "square-back" directors, this late "square-back" Mk.37 director featured a shielded, open director captain position (also known as a "Control Officer's Cockpit"), three observation hatches instead of five, and just two telescope port covers, one for the "Pointer" and one for the "Trainer".   Many earlier Mk.37 directors were modified to this configuration.  During the Cold War, the directors were enlarged, receiving a very boxy-shaped housing (click here).

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Mk.37 Directors are known to have been carried, or planned to have been carried, by the following ships and classes but check your sources to know for sure if this director type is correct for your model:

  • USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  • USS Pennsylvania (rebuilt)
  • USS Maryland (rebuilt)
  • USS Nevada (rebuilt)
  • USS California (rebuilt)
  • USS Tennessee (rebuilt)
  • USS West Virginia (rebuilt)
  • Alaska class
  • Atlanta class
  • Baltimore class
  • Benson class
  • Buckley class
  • Butler class
  • Cleveland class
  • Essex class
  • Fletcher class
  • Garcia class
  • Gearing class
  • Gleaves class
  • Iowa class
  • Montana class
  • Sims class
  • Sumner class
  • many others as well as various auxiliaries

1/450 Mk.37 Fire Control Directors, "Square-back" with Commander's Cockpit

SKU: 450-Mk37-commander's-cockpit-4
$5.00Price