|The quadruple 1.1-inch (28mm) gun mount, nicknamed the “Chicago Piano”, was the standard medium anti-aircraft gun for the United States Navy during the 1930s
and into the early years of World War II. The .50-inch water-cooled machine gun was feared to be too light a weapon for future air defense, so a larger alternative
needed to be developed. The Chicago Piano was fitted on many U.S. warships during the 1930s, but early service during the war revealed that the weapon was
unreliable as it was over-weight, subject to over-heating and prone to frequent jamming. The quad 1.1-inch mounts were replaced by the superior 40mm Bofors and
20mm Oerlikon, though some were still in service on smaller ships through the end of the war.
This set of 3D printed quad 1.1-inch are among the first products released by Black Cat Models of France. While the firm may be new, the person behind it is not;
Benjamin Druel, son of Jacques Druel. Benjamin is a talented CAD designer and he has designed kits for Blue Ridge Models, Tom's Modelworks and Starling
Models to name a few. He has also created 3D artwork for issues and books published by Lela Presse. Benjamin has decided to use his skills to produce detailed resin
kits and 3D printed accessories under his own label, using the using the latest CAD software and best 3D printers available on the market.