Matt Stein Models
USN Single 5-inch
Open-Mount Guns


in 1/550 scale



A unique - and uniquely accurate - depiction of the classic USN single-5" open-mount gun, including separate pieces for the option to depict the gun at any desired elevation. Here is what is offered:

Castings are in transparent yellow resin, from which any native casting wafer remnants are quickly and easily removed. The casting, including separate carrage and gun pieces, is highly detailed.

Defective gun barrels in the above pictures are not characteristic of the production castings; the commercial gun pieces consist of complete (defect-free) gun blocks, with locator sockets for gun barrels*; appearing like this:



Look closely at the above and following views, to note these features:
- Accurately shaped (and sized) gun carriage and gun
- Shell fusing stands and sighting scopes
- Depiction of carriage deck non-skid surface
- Gun carriage/breech design allows for elevating gun, with locator socket for gun barrel*

Surface details may be easier to read in these examples, which have been "purple-primed" and assembled:

This resin does not need priming for most applications, however purple blocks the (yellow) internal reflections of the castings most effectively; therefore a thin coat of opaque purple is recommended - even before removing the remnant casting wafer - for easier cleanup/preparation and then assembly, as shown here.


Your finished mounts should look (at least) as good as this:


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Gun barrels are to be provided by the builder*. Here, lengths of 0.0125"-diameter copper wire (see "purple-primed" picture above) has been used to good effect; simply unwind lengths from ordinary home electrical cabling and roll between two smooth, flat surfaces until straight, then cut to length and glue into the socket provided on the gun breach.



PRICING(Excluding ONLY ACTUAL shipping and any applicable taxes)
- 4-Pak (four complete turrets; sockets for gun barrels): $8.50 USD
- 16 or more: each $2.05 USD

** Special limited-time "Production Seconds" offer **
Developmental work on this product has resulted in a number of units with minor defects: primarily gun carriages having pitting in the corners or fuzing stands missing and guns with broken or partially-cast gun barrels. All of these are still quite useable - in fact, all the finished parts shown above (and below) were prepared from such "production seconds"; requiring only a little extra correction/repair. A number of these are available initially and for a limited time only are offered as a lower-cost alternative:

"Production Seconds" special offer (limited quantities available)
- 4-Pak (flawed carriages; partial or flawed gun barrels): $6.50 USD
- 16 or more: each $1.55 USD


*Gun barrels to be provided by the builder; from readily-available materials.


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