26 November 2017

1/72 US 105mm Field Howitzer Conversion


A few years back I saw an article on Paul's excellent Plastic Warriors Website on using a cut-down Airfix 88mm Flak to make a 105mm US howitzer

http://plasticwarriors.blogspot.com.es/2010/06/m2-m101-105mm-howitzer.html

I needed a couple of these for my WWII US forces and inspired by Paul's original idea, I decided to put a couple of old Airfix 88s I had in the stash to good use.


The barrel of the 88 has been cut down and the shield comes partially from an old Airfix 6 pounder AT gun and the rest was made using some cut-down clear plastic sheeting.

The axle and wheels are from a trailer that comes as an accessory with a die-cast Altaya M16 Half-Track. The trail legs are flat plastic cocktail sticks.


Yep, it's a crude "representation" and it would probably raise a lot of eyebrows at an IPMS meeting, but I think once it's painted and on the table it maybe won't look too out of place.

I'll try and get this painted up and will post a couple of shots soon.






10 comments:

  1. The kind of stuff I like to do and this one is brilliant.

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    1. Thanks João. Glad you like it. The stuff you do on your site is always an inspiration

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  2. Wonderful conversion, I do love messing about and creating unique models; but i bought 2 M2 105mms from Britannia miniatures in white metal for just £3.50 each :)

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    1. Thanks Richard. Me too, I like to dabble like this just for the fun of it too. I had looked at the Ace kit originally but decided that for a small mass-produced injection plastic kit the price was way too high. The Britannia miniatures option does sound reasonable though.

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  3. Nice job and impressive gun!

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    1. Thanks Phil and for stopping by

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  4. Definitely looks the part!

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    1. Thanks Hugh, looks more or less presentable :-)

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