Introduced in 1931, the pom-pom was the standard medium range anti-aircraft gun of the Royal Navy. It was a 40mm gun but with a far shorter barrel than the
Bofors 40mm gun. The name “pom-pom” came from the sound that the original models made when firing. The initial naval mount produced was the eight-barreled
model. However, smaller ships, such as cruisers and destroyers, could not handle the weight of the eight-barreled mounts. The Royal Navy developed the four-
barreled pom-pom mount to provide mid-range anti-aircraft defense for these ships.

Black Cat Models line of 3D printed World War II Royal Navy anti-aircraft gun mounts now offers the quadruple pom-pom mounts. The blister pack includes parts
to make three mounts. Each mount is made up of two parts, the mount base and gun body. The gun body is very well detailed with the barrels having the conical
muzzle flash suppressors and the appearance of individual rounds in the ammunition feed rails. The base has the gun sights and railings printed onto it. The railings
and sights are astonishingly thin and so well done that there is no need for photo-etch. The parts are easy to remove thanks to the thin attachment points. The 3D
printing is smooth and refined and done in a gray resin that will accept either enamel or acrylic paints. A single sheet of instructions is available for download from
Black Cat Models website.
The Black Cat Models quadruple pom-poms are highly recommended and will certainly look great on your Royal Navy or Commonwealth Navy ship model. My
thanks to
Black Cat Models for the samples.
Felix Bustelo
New York