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1/35 scale Austratt Fort gun emplacement - August 2014

Posted by Tim Kidwell
on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bill Vanek, Oak Lawn, Illinois

“I am fascinated by large guns mounted in forts and coastal installations,” Bill says. The 28cm naval guns at Austrått Fort in Norway certainly qualifies: They’re the C turret from the German battleship Gneisenau, salvaged after the ship was damaged in a British bombing raid in 1942. “I just had to build it,” Bill says, fulfilling his ambition in 1/35 scale using styrene stock; MDF board; scrap wood; brass, steel, and PVC tubing; Styrofoam; plaster-cast cloth; Elmer’s wood filler; Bondo glazing putty; Grandt Line and Tichy Train Group nuts, bolts, and rivets; and 506 hand-punched bolts. Bill took 420 hours over three months to complete the build.

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