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USN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORS

White Ensign Models 1/144 USN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORS First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2007 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject USN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORS Scale 1/144
Kit Number PE14405 Primary Media White Metal & Photo-Etch
Pros This set provides some of the armament options needed to replicate other members of the Gato/Balao classes Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (BP) £3.36

First Look

If you've purchased one of Trumpeter's great 1/144 USS Ga to early or late versions, you've got a nice start on a very well-done kit. The only problem with styrene is that you just can't replicate some of the finer details in stryrene. What's more, what if the submarine you want to replicate wasn't armed with the same weapons provided in the kit? White Ensign Models to the rescue.

USN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORSUSN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORSUSN Mk.3 40mm Single BOFORS

This detail set provides a conversion that was more common on the Balao-class and refit onto some of the Gato-class boats - a 40mm BOFORS anti-aircraft cannon. There are pictures of one of these guns mounted on the forward tower platform of USS Cod SS-224. With the growing threat of Kamikaze attacks, there are few guns with more stopping power than the BOFORS.

This set provides a detailed mount that can be positioned as desired, and a nice replica of the gun. In addition, the two operator seats, hand and foot controls, and gun sights are provided.

As usual, White Ensign Models also provides a nice step-by-step guide to assembling your detail set and a key to identifying the various parts included in the set.

If you are modifying your kit to reproduce any of the other members of the Gato/Balao class, check your references on armament. If this isn't the right gun for your boat, White Ensign Models has produced quite a few different sets to help you properly arm your next project.

As you can see in the photo, the detail set consists of quite a few detail parts that will take care and experience to manipulate and install on your Trumpeter kit. If you're comfortable working in this medium or are ready to give photo-etch in 1/144 scale a try, this is the set for you!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!