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38cm L/52 SK C/34 barrels
38cm L/52 SK C/34 barrel for DKM Bismark or DKM Tirpitz 1/350 models
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by: Rui Matos [ SKIPPER ]

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Model Shipwrights

DKM Bismark or DKM Tirpitz battleships in 1/350...

There are a few makers for this two 1/350 ships. I am not going to discuss or analyze the makers and the quality of their products, but this after market product intended to replace the "business end" of the class , the main armament.

The set

This JB Models set is comprised of eight turned aluminum barrels packed in a plastic zip lock bag. This will replace the barrels on all four turrets.
Barrel dimensions, details (barrel reinforcements) and nozzle are good and it will make a better representation of the real thing in model form.
As with most aluminum/brass barrels you will need to do the necessary "surgery": Simply cut off the original plastic barrel and drill a hole in the remaining ring so that you can insert the metal barrel, and fix it using Cyanoacrylate adhesives. Since the real ships had blast bags on all barrels, this is something you have to scratch built to have a more realistic feature.


As with KGV barrels set, some instructions would be nice, although not critical.
Also, I wonder if JB-Models would consider improving this set, by including resin blast bags... it would improve the set and make the modelers happier for skipping a always difficult task of reproducing in a equal form all of the blast bags - this is a suggestion, not a critic.

Many thanks to JB-Models.eu for providing the item for review and for Darren Baker (CMOT) for redirecting them to Modelshipwrights.
Highs: Good dimensions and details, easy to apply, good value for the money
Lows: None
Verdict: Again a great improvement over the model parts, with a easy to apply situation with great results. Good quality/price ratio. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:350
  Mfg. ID: 350L03
  Suggested Retail: 4.43
  Related Link: JB.Models.eu item page
  PUBLISHED: Mar 23, 2009

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About Rui Matos (skipper)

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I'm just waiting for this one to arrive in stock with DB models so I can add him to the other five. I see the LT is almost done as well. Great set of figures.
MAR 25, 2009 - 06:50 AM
Yes Vic, Lt. is done and I think you know it will be a 2 figs kit with a RTO. Really a great series of figures. Keep safe
MAR 25, 2009 - 07:44 PM
Good review, bro! This subject (post-WW2) isn't my cup of tea but these figures make me want to rent the movie Rudi
MAR 25, 2009 - 07:50 PM
Hi Engin Yes a two fig set, looking forward to seeing when finished (and buying it of course) All the best Vic
MAR 26, 2009 - 07:05 AM
Hi Rudi This isn't my usual era either but I like the film and couldn't resist these figures for their likeness to the film and standard of workmanship. Catch you later Vic
MAR 26, 2009 - 07:07 AM
Rudi - BRAVO-6 figures made me watch Platoon again and again in the last few weeks. I already rent a new movie named Tunnel Rats by Uwe Boll but still couldnt watch it as watching Platoon many times. I just noticed at the end of the movie after the scene Taylor shot Barnes, he walks through the approaching reinforcements and the M113 at the front of infantry carries a German flag with a swastika. Vic - I am eagerly waiting RTO Tony and Wolfe set and I think some AFV riders are also in Vladimir's plans so I have to find a good M113 for a big Platoon dio. Keep safe guys
MAR 26, 2009 - 09:17 AM

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