These photos of a 4.5-in. Gun M1 at Fort Leonard Wood were taken
by Michael Powell. Note the "two-toned" gun tube in the
first photo in the fourth row. This was due to the tapered barrel;
the section of tube that recolied back through the cylinder was
unpainted, while the area from the point where the taper began to
the muzzle was painted olive drab..
gun shared the same carriage and recoil as the 155mm howitzer. The
tires are a typical pattern for WWII; unfortunately, neither this
style nor the diamond pattern are currently available for modelers.
series was very valuable in my research for detailing my Italeri
howitzer, as were the pictures from Kurt Laughlin of the M1A2
howitzer. Many thanks to Mike for allowing me to share these
photos with you.