Sgt.Squarehead
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August 1st, 2008, 12:00 pm #16

Those single barrel Oerlikons look just the ticket for this model.....Assuming they would fit!  :thumb:

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PS - Mind you at £15 a pair, they'd want to be good!  :shock:
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July 6th, 2015, 2:04 pm #17

Hi, I'm making the Airfix D-Day set I got in 2009 and was wondering is the coastal defence gun and bunker emplacement historically correct to any point in Normandy? I've looked online and still no closer to knowing.Otherwise it will be customise to suit (not complaining though :-) )
I'm stuck on wether to use the British infantry it came with (of which imo have not ideal poses for an invasion force) or US infantry/ Marines to suit which beach defence this closely resembles. Thanks in advance :-)
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July 6th, 2015, 2:23 pm #18

Its probably generic rather than based on anywhere in particular :think:
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November 19th, 2015, 7:18 pm #19

Going through the books I have on the Atlantic Wall I can't find anything close enough to this to say it is based on a real emplacement. However, it does give a good feel for it.

I had this kit many years ago as part of the MPC Historama sets. Was the Guns of Normandy, D-Day Invasion. Besides the fort is had the Tiger and Sherman and US and German troops. Think I still have the figures but the kits are long gone.

I never liked the look of the AA guns as they more resemble US 20 or 40mm type guns. I planned on replacing them with the AA guns from a couple Hasagawa halftracks. A quad 20mm and a single 37mm but the project never got that far.

Really like the build and the others in the Gallery also.
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November 19th, 2015, 9:40 pm #20

Returning to the question of the guns, what is the length of the barrel? They are apparently of 13.5-inch calibre as noted above and there were two British weapon of that calibre deployed from 1880, one with a barrel 405 inches long and the later one with a barrel 608 inches long.

In 1/76 scale these would be 5.3 and 8 inches long respectively. Only the first was ever used in a coastal installation and singly, not as a pair, but it would be quite interesting if the Coastal fort's weapon came out close to it in scale. I had this as a kid and thought it was a toy designed to spring-fire shells; I'd no idea it might actually resemble a real weapon!
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May 28th, 2017, 10:31 am #21

VEKTAN PARK wrote:is the coastal defence gun and bunker emplacement historically correct to any point in Normandy?
planefixer wrote:is this fort completely "made up," or is it based, however loosely, on a real prototype?
The Airfix Coastal Defence Fort, as well as the Gun Emplacement, both have nothing to do with German Atlantic Wall defences. Those had a much different style of architecture and layout, and bunkers housing this calibre of guns had a much thicker concrete cover and smaller apertures. Morover guns, fire direction and anti aircraft facilities were housed in different bunkers positioned scattered over a wide area and not combined in one bunker. I have the impression both Airfix sets, if not completely made up, resemble more British coastal defence works from the 1938/1941 era. But I´m not such a specialist on British coastal defences as I am on German ones.
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