but of course it turns out that there aren't any suitable 4.7' mounts in 1/200 scale
Much to my chagrin it seems that there aren't any suitable 1/200 scale 4.7" mounts with shields to fit the destroyers that I am building. I am almost happy for it; this way all of both models will be entirely scratchbuilt. A rather perverse way of looking at it, but I will have to live with that.
back to our original source we start scaling things up...
the outer sleeve of the gun is made of aluminum tubing,
I chose to use aluminum as it is soft enough to cut easily with a craft knife
but you will have to open the mouth of the tube as the cutting process crimps the tube
next insert a bit of brass rod through the length of the aluminum tube
so that about 3/32" sticks out, apply superglue to this
originally I intended to use 5/32" square Plastruct rod, but my local was out of stock
thus I had to substitute balsa for the breachblock , this is glued to that tiny bit of brass rod
next I cut a bit of plastic tubing for the pedestal
and notched one end to be the saddle for the gun tube
more superglue and it is ready for a shield
once I was happy with the prototype I entered mass production
the shield is simply a card fold-up like a gift box
I tried to make the guns rotate but that turned out to be rather fiddly
so they will be glued in place once the painting is done
I think that they turned out rather well
now I find myself thinking about ammo lockers.....
... and railings
but, after eight of these, I might just be able to control myself
besides I need to build the torpedo launchers,
and about eighteen Carley floats,
and six lifeboats,
and some searchlights...