Question: Which gun turret design should I go with?
Option 1: Option 1 Railgun turret
Option 2: Option 2 Miscellaneous gun turret
Option 3: Option 3 Kotobukiya gun turret
Option 4: Option 4 Single gun turret
Option 5: Option 5 Mk.IV destroyer turrets
Option 6: Option 6 Large turrets
Option 7: Option 7 Dropship turrets
I haven't decided yet what type of main gun turrets I want for my future what if Iowa/Burke hybrid battleship.
However, I did recently meet a person at a model contest who might be willing to 3D print something for me instead of me buying from Shapeways. The options are the choices below. Which do you think might work or look best on my battleship model? Options 1 and 2 can possibly be 3D printed. Option 3 is still on a very, very slow boat from China. Still waiting. :banghead:
Option 1 Railgun turret
Option 2 Miscellaneous gun turret
Option 3 Kotobukiya gun turret
Option 4 Single gun turret
Option 5 Mk.IV destroyer turrets
Option 6 Large turrets
Option 7 Dropship turrets
Personally I would keep a mix of 16" gun turrets and one or two single barrel rail gun turrets for when you really need to reach out and touch someone. The 16" guns could reach out over 20 miles and with rocket assist much farther than that. Then the rail gun for way over the horizon for a real mix of options.
Unfortunately I can't really come to grips with how each would look on the ship, especially size-wise.
In the absence of size comparisons, I'll vote for the railgun turrets &/or the dropship turrets (with longer barrels) on purely aesthetic grounds.
I agree with Mr Wombat for the very same reasons
I emailed a guy a week ago who could possibly have done 3D printing of turrets for me.
It's now one week later and I have not heard back from him. :banghead:
I don't know of anybody near me who can do 3D printing.
Looks like I am going to have to choose one of the Shapeways options. :(
The nationality of the ship might affect things, too. The US, Germany, and Japan tended to triple-gun turrets; Britain to twin-gun turrets. I believe the reason was the Royal Navy wanted more room in the turret - by all accounts the triples tended to be be somewhat cramped, with the resultant less room for the crew and the increased danger of injury.
As a result, all my sci-fi designs for Traveller tend to twin-guns. :) Your mileage may vary, of course. :)
I went with option 1 & 5 as the most modern looking.
However, I like the idea of a single barrel weapon as I imagine a futuristic gun having more punch and rate of fire. Aesthetically, a big barrelled weapon would look the part.