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Boulton Paul Type C turret, info request


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Good afternoon all,

 

I’m working my way through a Classic Airframes Hudson and need some help with the turret. I’ve already given up with the one that comes with the kit and have pinched one from my Revell Ventura which is far better in profile. However, one thing they both have in common is the total lack of interior detail. Does anybody have any interior photos or diagrams they would be prepared to share? I’m aware there is a restored one at the Yorkshire Air Museum but  a trip up there isn’t convenient at the moment.
 

Best regards

 

Howard

 

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These were the best links I had in my archives. Perhaps our  @Selwyn  might have interior references? Hope the links are helpful. Wish I had more interior views....you know how it goes- very few photographers ever considered taking pictures that modelers would die for 70 years later!

Mike

 

https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/143154-boulton-paul-turret-gun-control-grip-help-please

 

http://vintageaeroplanewriter.blogspot.com/2011/12/awms-hudson-turret.html

 

Scroll down to see some good photos of the turret on a restored Hudson, including one interior view

https://www.matrixgames.com/FORUMS/tm.asp?m=2030891&mpage=1&key=&#2031993

 

a walkaround that might be helpful

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/hudson/hudson_walk.shtml

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A good reference is British Aircraft Armament: RAF Gun Turrets from 1914 to the Present Day by R.Wallace Clark. Sadly long out of print but maybe a library could find a copy? I'll hopefully be reunited with my copy soon and will try to remember to scan anything relevant. Alternatively @John Aero may have drawings.

 

PS - just found a Flight article from 1943 with a cutaway drawing, PM me an email address and I'll send it over.

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I do have a set of factory drawings for the C type but they are massive. I have some smaller copies and I've scanned them and if Photobucket will let me in tomorrow I'll try and share them.

 

John

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About all I have. From British Aircraft Armament Vol.1 RAF Gun Turrets From 1914 to the Present Day by R. Wallace Clarke.

 

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Chris

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22 hours ago, 72modeler said:

These were the best links I had in my archives.

Thanks Mike, that's helpful

 

17 hours ago, rossm said:

 - just found a Flight article from 1943 with a cutaway drawing, PM me an email address and I'll send it over.

Thanks Ross I will send it now

15 hours ago, John Aero said:

I do have a set of factory drawings for the C type but they are massive. I have some smaller copies and I've scanned them and if Photobucket will let me in tomorrow I'll try and share them.

 

John

Thank you john, I would love to see them

 

13 hours ago, dogsbody said:

About all I have. From British Aircraft Armament Vol.1 RAF Gun Turrets From 1914 to the Present Day by R. Wallace Clarke.

 

That's a great photo and very helpful Chris. I've been after Vol 1 for a while. I've got vol 2 and it is very useful.

 

Thanks to all of you for your help!

 

best regards

 

Howard

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These are the reduced drawings. This is a dorsal turret, Hudson/ Halifax, the lower illustration by dogsbody is a nose (Halifax) turret, note the pivot bearing on the top and it's slightly narrower.

 

John

 

 

 

 

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@John Aero thank you for sharing the drawings they are a big help. Apologies for the late response but work has kept me busy this past week.

 

Best regards

 

H

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