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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 04:47 PM
On the Me-210 there's 2 rear facing mg's in barbettes, can they move side to side or are they only capable of an up and down motion?

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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 04:47 PM
On the Me-210 there's 2 rear facing mg's in barbettes, can they move side to side or are they only capable of an up and down motion?

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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 05:20 PM
Yes, they are able to move latterally, however I can't say how much. I've seen a picture with them pointing out to the side. It looked as though it was about 15-20 degrees.

XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 05:22 PM
"Protection against rear attacks was provided by a rather unique pair of remotely controlled barbettes, one mounted on each side of the rear fuselage just aft of the wing. Each barbette contained one 13-mm MG-131 machine gun. These guns were operated remotely by the rear-facing gunner, and each gun could be directed independently of the other. Each gun could be elevated or depressed through a range of 70 degrees. Each weapon could be traversed through 40 degrees in azimuth, and the barbettes were attached to a drum which traversed the fuselage aft of the cockpit. The drum was rotated via a 1.5 hp electric motor by servo units controlled by a pistol grip. The guns could be fired aft in unison, a contact-breaker device stopping the firing whenever the guns pointed at any part of the aircraft structure."

XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 05:27 PM
It is a bad scan but the guns were:

80* up
40* down
45* out


http://www.stenbergaa.com/stenberg/west-battleline.jpg



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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 05:45 PM
Cheers for that lads, nice to learn something new.

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