to eventually bring this back up to live, I'll start with another kit inside the kit, a step-by-step presentation of the NorthStar's interpretation of the octuple PomPom mount.
I took a whole bunch of pictures while building one over the weekend, and I'll post them in several updates during the coming days - not enough time to do it at once.
The kit is the most complex version of that weapon I've come across, it certainly builds into a nice model, but it has some weaknesses - I would call it over engineered at some points, some steps (or parts) I don't really understand on some suff I left off or even removed since it would not really fit. And the resin parts for the breech and the ammunition boxes are just very slightly too big. But more about that later.
Here's a few impressions on what comes with the kit - and I realise that I did not take a picture of the turned brass barrels, the kit comes with Master brass barrels in two different lengths.
So starting with the breech block - this part will be the front and market the holes for the barrels, which need to be drilled with a .3 mm drill into the resin block.
The resin block needs some further work - there's a piece provided that should perform as a stand and goes in the middle of the block. But I can't see where it is intended to go, so I decided that the block requires a cut, about half way through.
In addition to that, the block is just a little too wide, so it needs to be sanded down about half a mm on each side, otherwise it does not fit in the cradle, or the cradle will be oddly shaped. I need to work on my skills here to get it really flush, my cradle is a little off, as you can see later on.
Here's the middle 'stand' part and a geared wheel to set the elevation.
In the end, those parts would not really fit when I tried to assemble the cradle. I don't know if I simply got it all wrong - according to the instructions, it's all 'simply' put together, however, this parts are pretty much my biggest critique, I simply don't get it to work. And besides, pretty impossible to see those parts when assembled.
So, office is calling for today. More to follow!