Italian Gun-turrets on bombers

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Italian Gun-turrets on bombers

Post by varjag » 03 Oct 2003 11:23

Many Italian bombers/floatplanes carried a dorsal gun-turret, usually reffered to as a Scotti- och a Caproni-Lanciani design. They are a peculiar design where the actual gun-barrel is reciprocated by a what I take to be a compensator in the form of balancer, pointing in the opposite direction to the gunbarrel, assumingly to eliminate the need for power-operation of the turret. Most seems to have been armed with a Breda-SAFAT MG in either 7,7 och 12,7mm caliber - but other sources claim that Scotti towers had a Scotti MG? I also seem to recall a third name, that eludes me, for this type of turret. My question - was Scotti a turret or a gun/turret combination? Can anyone point to a patent description for these turrets or at least a link to how they worked? Over to the learned fraternaty on the forum.......varjag

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