Orange hobby working on 57mm towed AT gun in 1/35

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Orange hobby working on 57mm towed AT gun in 1/35

Joined: September 21st, 2001, 12:15 pm

May 14th, 2012, 12:42 am #1

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May 14th, 2012, 1:14 am #2

Roy Chow
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May 14th, 2012, 11:52 am #3

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to the wheels???? Sorry never seen that before. Mike
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May 14th, 2012, 1:10 pm #4

Yes, I found that rather odd too.

Anyway, nice kit judging by the sprue shots so far. Perhaps a 6 pounder gun is next

Roy, did you finish your SU-57 yet? If not, will you replace the gun with this excellent looking new one?

Theo
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May 14th, 2012, 2:22 pm #5

to the wheels???? Sorry never seen that before. Mike
The extra shields added to the gun were supplemental armor pieces that were standard issue with the guns. One just doesn't see them in use in combat. You will notice that the US 57mm gun carriages have an eyelet on the end of the axle - this was the mounting point and the shield has a small caster on the outer edge. On the good news, this shield SHOULD improve frontal protection from small arms and fragments. On the bad news, the extra armor was heavy and probably a royal pain to use if the gun was moved very far from the prime mover. The armor would also make seem to make it more difficult to shift the gun's axis or to displace rapidly. There are a couple photos that show the extra armor panels stowed on the side racks of a halftrack prime mover. These panels are rare on te surviving guns, but at least one on display in Nebraska has a set fitted.

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May 14th, 2012, 2:36 pm #6

to the wheels???? Sorry never seen that before. Mike
As Gary mentioned they were a standard item that was most likely a nuisance to use and can usually be seen stuffed into the mine racks of half tracks pulling them.


Here is one of a few wartime photos I have showing them installed but not 'in action', I also assume that this is stateside as well but I can't be sure.



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May 14th, 2012, 4:06 pm #7

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Peter Griffin: Any problem caused by a tank can be solved by a tank.
The shields would fit nicely on the side of a Windsor Carrier, that you would need to tow it?

Cheers
Kevin
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 1:37 pm

May 14th, 2012, 9:28 pm #8

As an interesting aside, ALL the Windsors had the folding brackets to carry the shields plus the fitment to house the cleaning rod and brush.

Even the mortar carriers had these attachments.

Just thought I'd add that.

George.
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