Museums with dismounted turrets?

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Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Timothy Huff » November 5th, 2019, 6:01 pm

If you've been to any air-museum in the UK, and have spotted dismounted gun-turrets (ie not on an aircraft) I'd be hugely grateful if you let me know the name of the museum, and if known, the type of the turret.

I'm thinking about revising my FN5 model design to be optimised for building in any scale between 1:3 and 1:10 with the eventual aim of producing kits or completed models suitable for large RC models between those scales. Once the FN5 design is reworked - and a few errors designed out, I hope to proceed with similar drawings of the following turrets:

Frazer Nash:

FN5a
FN50
FN20
FN120 (maybe)

Boulton-Paul
Types A, C and D

Then eventually the principle US Bendix, Sperry and Emmerson turrets.

So for initial research, I need to identify museums in the UK with photographable and measureable examples. The eventual aim is to be able to produce mixed-material kits to a specified weight budget and scale.

Many thanks, Tim

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Barrie King » November 5th, 2019, 7:15 pm

Newark Air Museum has a Lancaster rear turret built by Rose co of Newark.

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Timothy Huff » November 5th, 2019, 8:44 pm

Many thanks, that's an interesting one and something of a rarity. Do you know of others there, or is it just that?

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby graham buchanan » November 5th, 2019, 10:28 pm

Hi Timothy,
It was great seeing your amazing work at Gaydon a few weeks ago,, I mentioned you should go up to Elvington they have a display of turrets in the Air Gunners Display room,, one of a kind display.
https://mechtraveller.com/2016/12/revie ... ir-museum/
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Cheers Graham

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Timothy Huff » November 6th, 2019, 12:30 am

graham buchanan wrote:Hi Timothy,
It was great seeing your amazing work at Gaydon a few weeks ago,, I mentioned you should go up to Elvington they have a display of turrets in the Air Gunners Display room,, one of a kind display.
https://mechtraveller.com/2016/12/revie ... ir-museum/
turrets-768x433.jpg


Cheers Graham


Aha! Many thanks, I hadn't twigged that Elvington and Yorkshire AIr Museum were one and the same place!

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Kevin Fairgrieve » November 6th, 2019, 6:58 am

https://www.aviationmuseum.net/index.html

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.

There are a few turrets doted around. No idea which though. And not sure that they are easily accessible.

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Timothy Huff » November 6th, 2019, 10:19 am

Many thanks Kevin. I usually write to the curators and visit according to their schedules on a "quiet" day. To date they've all been incredibly helpful, especially at Brooklands and Cosford's restoration hangar. Once I've discovered who has what turrets, from the curators I can set about organising some visits.

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby stewart clifford » November 12th, 2019, 11:34 pm

I’m pretty sure there’s FN turrets at the 390th BG museum at Parham, Suffolk aka Framingham.

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Steve Perry » November 13th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Elvington should be incredibly helpful as the head of the trusties is Martin Withers :)

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Steve Perry » November 16th, 2019, 8:22 pm

Tim, I will be at the AGM and will be happy to discuss any electrical issues :)

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Re: Museums with dismounted turrets?

Postby Timothy Huff » November 24th, 2019, 10:53 pm

Many thanks to all who replied, that'll be a great start for research!


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