U.S. ARMY WWI I 105mm HOWITZER M2A1 AFV CLUB 1/35

It’s a U.S. Army Howitzer released by AFV club, built in May 2014.

Box package of U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

It seems to be the cannon kit that the spirit and soul of this marker will be felt. I heard the quality is very high level.

This coil spring is not metal parts and is molded by plastic injection

This coil spring is not metal parts and is molded by plastic injection. It requires considerably high technology of molding and injection.

A lot of parts are smaller than rice grain

A lot of parts are smaller than rice grain, needed attention for assembling. Because it is considerably small, cutting gate filing is hard work, having sore eyes… You should be careful for the loss of the parts very much.

The gun mount is movable up and down, U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

The gun mount is movable up and down, but it’s better to fix at the same timing near the completion of assembly, because some of the parts are loose and easy to pull off. We can choose a state whether the kit is transporting or during bombardment. This is firing position I choose.

U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

It became like this when I built little by little each part which I didn’t know which part I made at the beginning. High quality, perfect circle gun barrel is made of aluminum.
(04-May-2014)

Assembly of the howitzer was completed

Assembly of the howitzer was completed. There are not so many photo-etched parts, and cannon has high quality only with plastic parts.
(11-May-2014)

Chain photo-etched parts quality increased, Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

Chain photo-etched parts quality increased as the every chain circle twits 90 degrees.

attaching tire, U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer

The weight of the kit increases after attaching tire. The tire does not seem to be hollow but solid rubber.

complicated mechanism, U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer

Because the complicated mechanism area has many parts, assembling was difficult.

It is a howitzer having the machine gun.

It is a howitzer having the machine gun. I suppose it’s quite unique.
(11-May-2014)

painting of U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer

I blew surfacer on it.

Blowing mahogany on the dark area. U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer

Blowing mahogany on the dark area.

painting basic color, U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

Now I’m painting basic color. I have to be careful to handle this kit as there are so many fragile places.
(26-May-2014)

U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35 build and painting to finish

A howitzer was completed. Cannons have only small bulletproof board, the crew feels naked and exposed, I suppose. Comparing it to tanks, that can’t be helped.

Although this 105mm howitzer looks small, the effective range is approximately 11km

Although this 105mm howitzer looks small, the effective range is approximately 11km, required soldiers are ten for operation. I don’t know well, probably one commander, two monitors, a calculation man, three for the operation of the cannon, the others are loaders?

choose a transportation position or shooting position

I could choose a transportation position or shooting position, this is shooting. Same as last I made Diana, measurement poles bright color white and red accentuate well and good looking.

making of 105 mm Howitzer M2A1

There seems to be the killing power radius is approximately 30m in such small cannon. Infantries can be took damage easily if advancing on flat ground, and no point to hide.

metal collar lightly, 105 mm Howitzer M2A1

The places where the metal parts seem to rub are painted in a metal collar lightly. The pattern of the tires is molded finely.

side zoom up of U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

Two etching metal plates are on the left side of the cannon. As for such parts, AFV club’s work is excellent.

right view of U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35

These small parts help my understanding of the complicated cannon mechanism.

WWII 105 mm Howitzer

After having understood real weapon’s performance, firstly I felt it weak and unreliable but is really powerful. This cannon reminds me the 105mm howitzer was loaded on one of the Sherman tanks variations.

set out a radio operator and commander with this howitzer

I set out a radio operator and commander with this howitzer. The front line commander should not be here like backward, but he looks like the commander of the artillery. Radio man is taking requests from the front.

U.S. Army WWII 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 AFV Club 1/35 and Dragon Models US Infantry

Other two people are from the next booth. When it is only a cannon, I think it’s short of fun, but it’s vivid with displayed figures. Of course the satisfaction is high based on the AFV club’s cannon kit preciseness.
(01-June-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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