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Model Shipways kit of gunboat Philadelphia

Ed Mostowicz

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I read through the build logs and other posts here on the forum prior to starting this build. Very helpful info and photos - - thanx for sharing, guys. But I never read any mention of the quality of the castings of the 3-piece gun barrels. The ones in my kit are disappointing. I can clean up the flash and mold seam lines, but the fit between the barrels, muzzles and cascabels is poor at best. But worst of all is the barrel cross sections are oval, not circular. Given the scale of this kit, 1/2" to the foot or 1:24, it's really noticeable. I guess this poor quality control of the casting process; I can't imagine the original patterns aren't circular. I sent a note to MS, but I'm probably stuck with them. I'll have to get a lathe and turn them in wood or throw a tarp over them to keep the rain off.


Just a grumble-gram from Ed. in New York.



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That's terrible but with castings, one never knows.   If you know how long and the diameter, you might be able to find the right size on the after market .  Might be brass or 3D printed.  For 3D printed, check Shapeways.

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I assume you emailed them? I usually got a response within 3 days and would receive the part that was missing within 7-10 days in the mail.

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I screwed up the windows on my tugboat Taurus and I told them I’d pay for the windows and door (probably about 10 pieces total)...it took a while but they sent them free of charge!  Great customer service for sure 😊 

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