I got my delivery of some 3D printed turrets the other day. I bought them from Micro-Master (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/micro-master
) and I decided to get a selection for a number of projects I'm about to start or plan in the near future. All the turrets I got are in 1/700 but are available from the shop in other scales. The turrets I got were 15" MKII for HMS Hood in 1941, 15" MKI* for HMS Queen Elizabeth in WWII and 13.5" for HMS Queen Mary.
First of all, I want to say that the quality and detail is fantastic. The Royal Navy battleship turrets, and the 15" MKI in particular, seem to be cursed, with few if any kit manufacturers managing to get the distinctive tapered shape to look just right. I don't own the drawings myself, but I have no reason to doubt these turrets are drawing accurate to the last rivet, they just look spot on (and I've stared at pictures of the respective ships long enough).
The Hood turrets come with the unique features of each one (vents on B and X, cut down rear corners on B, platform for UP launcher).
The QE turrets have the correct gun tubs. Also the 15" MKI and MKI* turrets are available in several configurations to cover WWI and WWII fits of different ships, and I believe more are being added to the range. Given that Trumpeter has provided us kits for all of the QE class and their turrets are disappointing at best, I would not build one of those kits without a set of these 3D printed replacements (which makes it a shame I've already built 3 before discovering them, but that's another matter!).
The Queen Mary turrets have rangefinders on all 4 in the set (there is an alternate Princess Royal set with rangefinders on only two). I'm actually using mine for a mid-war HMS Lion, hence I needed the set with all the rangefinders. Combrig's own 13.5" turrets aren't terrible, but are still a but too tall at the turret face and these look much nicer overall.
One of the best features of the turrets are the finely molded blast bags. I realise having these pre-made isn't everyone's cup of tea but to me they look great and are more accurate and in-scale than anything I've seen on a kit, or that I would dare try to make myself.
Also, the designer is a very nice guy and accommodating to requests. All my turrets came custom with a 2 degree elevation on the barrels (because I think this really adds to the look of the finished ship while perfectly horizontal barrels look a bit odd) and I believe other elevations can be requested. Similarly, if one of the configurations of turret you're looking for hasn't been made available in your scale yet, just ask!
Overall, very happy customer!
Disclaimer: it's really hard to take good pictures of transparent, light coloured parts, and the light wasn't ideal! I hope they do the parts justice. I will try to get shots while building, hopefully they'll photograph better when painted, but not all these projects are imminent.
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