|The quadruple Vickers .50 machine gun was a close-in anti-aircraft weapon that was the standard light anti-aircraft gun for the Royal Navy at the start of World War
II. Vickers started production of single mount version in 1926 for use in tanks and other fighting vehicles. The quad naval mount was developed in the early 1930s.
The quad mount featured a 200-round magazine per barrel, which wrapped the ammunition belt around the magazine drum, and provided a maximum rate of fire of
700 rounds per minute, per gun. However it soon proved to be insufficiently powerful in its intended short-range anti-aircraft role and the .50 Vickers was replaced by
the Oerlikon 20mm gun during the war.
The quadruple Vickers .50 machine gun set from Tetra Model Works provides enough parts to build four mounts and is comprised of photo-etch and turned brass
barrels. The photo-etch is comprised of the frame, base, individual ammo drums, hand wheels and gun sights. The ammo drums are designed to slide into openings in
the frame and have openings in the tabs to fit the brass barrels into. The etch looks good with relief etching and part numbers are etched into the fret for identification
purposes. As you will notice, there are more photo-etch parts than are needed to build the four mounts. I appreciate that extras are provided for some of the parts as
you can easily lose some to the dreaded “Carpet Monster” while putting these together. The set comes with sixteen turned brass barrels (no extras provided) to
complete the assembly and I will admit my photographs don’t do them justice. They have the flared muzzle nicely replicated but there is one nitpick here; the muzzles
in the brass versions are centered while photos clearly show that they are actually off-centered and closer to the bottom of the barrel. Now this is a minor issue in my
opinion but I had to point it out and could be the result of the limitations in the process to produce turned brass barrels in this scale.
The assembly instructions are printed on a double-side sheet of paper. The assembly steps are completely illustrated with clear diagrams and several color photos
showing a fully assembled mount from different angles. The assembly is rather straight-forward but some of the smaller photo-etch parts, like the hand wheels and
gun sights, will require care when attaching.