particular kit I built is a Testors reboxing from the 1980s of Italeri's
kitwhich had its origin with Peerless Max. The distinctive
mustard yellow Testors box had been collecting dust on the hobby
store shelf for ages, and each time I saw it I had visions of creating
a field artillery diorama, since they aren't seen very often. When
AFV Club released their set of 155mm and 203mm howitzer rounds and
propellant charge canisters, there was finally an opportunity to
do the setting correctly, as the kit comes with no ammo.
the kit, portraying an M1A2, captures the overall shape of the howitzer,
it needs considerable corrections to make it more accurate and less
toy-like. The gun is designed to elevate and the trails can be folded
for traveling order, but none of that was necessary for my project,
a diorama of a 155mm and its crew receiving supplies and mail during
the harsh winter of 1944-45.
here what I hope is a fairly thorough and helpful guide to "accurizing"
Italeri's 155mm. Because of the number and size of the images included
with this article, I've divided it up into several "byte-sized"
sections for (relatively) quicker downloading.
you will see, this kit is, for better or worse, a detailer's dream.
It just takes some time, patience and confidence. I probably devoted
the better part of three months on the kit, and another two months
on ammunition and accessories. The result is well worth the effort.
And if you decide to build this kit, you'll have a head start with
all the information presented here.
pieces don't get much attention from either manufacturers or modelers,
and that's a shame because this disinterest shortchanges the importance
of these guns and their crews in winning World War II.
Britt Taylor Collins
of the joys of the Internet is getting to "meet" kindred
spirits. One of the visitors to this page is artist Britt Taylor
Collins, who found it while researching 155mm ammunition for a new
painting and contacted me. He kindly allowed me to post the fantastic
painting above, and you can enjoy more of his work at his website.