O.K., if it gets used it'll probably be on a PA vehicle, but even if it's SciFi I'd rather know what it is... Whatever it is, it doesn't appear to be what it says on the box! I think it comes from the same era as the Italeri F19, but everything else seems to be a reasonable facsimile of the real-world originals.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2014 0:43:08 GMT -5 by moramarth
Thanks for your response, sorry the photos were too small to be much use - I'd left the "resize" option on, and it stayed that way even when I tried to edit them to full size. Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be any variety of the M242 I can find on the net. Even the manually pointed naval pedestal mount (the one in the video) is really bulky, with a dual feed mechanism and externally powered drive - I understand that was the reason it never made it onto the Hummer (other than the prototype). In contrast, everything aft of the barrel collar of the M242 is pretty short, to fit within AFV turrets, whereas the thing in the box appears longer in that respect, and also more angular as the M242 action has a more cylindrical shape. It's really got me perplexed. The thingie looks quite modern, so I'm assuming Italeri asked for drawings/photos of a Bushmaster and were fobbed of with some obscure prototype instead, possibly something (maybe modified) used to test the 25mm round - you can get odd stuff like that. Many, many years ago I was on a tour of a MOD(PE) test range, and they had a Heinz variety of guns, all mounted on a common size of baseplate so they could be hoisted aboard (and secured to) a "Mobile Mount" - basically, a stripped down turretless Centurion tank. Sitting in a corner, resplendant in naval grey and polished brass was a little late Nineteenth Century anti - torpedo boat gun also mounted on a baseplate, if I recall correctly a 37mm Hotchkiss QF. Basically, it was their plaything. I heard much later it had gone to a museum, and they were having to use a restored WW2 2pdr A/T gun for their "Instrument Calibration Tests"...