gun was primed in gray. I then masked off the gun tube and gave
the rest of the piece a coat of Model Masters Olive Drab. The gun
was weathered as usual.
of its recoil through the barrel sleeve at very tight tolerances,
the tube was bare metal. Period photos often show tarps covering
the tubes when the guns were not active. Now you know why! The technical
manual discusses using a dark green grease to minimize the brightness
of the metal, so that might be why the barrel looks darker in some
black and white WWII era photos. But in pictures of the gun in firebases
in Vietnam, the tubes are clearly metallic.
I was building the gun and thinking about the diorama and its setting,
a little phrase entered my mind: "the Sons of Thor." Gun
crews occasionally named their field pieces or painted slogans on
them. I decided this was an apt inscription for this crew and hand
painted the lettering on the gun cylinder cover.
my diorama I needed to build an ammo tray, which the crew used to
hoist the heavy projectiles to the breech, and a rammer. The aiming
posts would have been placed beyond the boundaries of my diorama
so I didn't have to deal with them. Other equipment was provided
by the excellent 105mm howitzer maintenance set from Warriors, as
the guns would have share many of the same tools.
on the 155mm Howitzer
of the Model and References
the Howitzer Assembly
from the Technical Manual
of Museum 155mm Howitzer
"Mail Call for the Sons of Thor"