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105mm Field Artillery Battery Assemby

 

Description of Components
105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09) The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Description of Components

a. 2x Standing figures bending over.
b. 2x Loader figures holding shell.
c. 2x Loader figuers discarding spent shell case.
d. 2x Standing figures with arm raised.
e. 2x Standing figures with hands on hips.
Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Simply arrange one of each figure type around each of the M101A1 105mm howitzer to taste. The M101A1 105mm howitzer and crew a modelled on the large six-hole bases provided in the box set.
The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Description of Components

a. 3x Gun trails.
b. 6x Gun trail wheels.
c. 3x Gun shields
d. 3x Gun barrels.
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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09) The Bases
Description of Components
2x Large six-hole bases.
Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the wheels to the gun trail. Below: The back of the gun shield has a tab that is keyed to the front of the gun trail.
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Below: The front of the gun trail has been keyed to accept the gun shield. Step 2. Attach the gun shield to the front of the gun trail. Below: The gun trail has been keyed on either to accept the gun barrel.
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Below: The gun barrel has been keyed to match the gun trail. Step 3. Finally, attach the gun barrel to the gun trail at the desired level of elevation. Below: With the gun barrel in place, the M101A1 105mm howitzer is ready tohit the painting table.
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M101 105mm Firebase (VUSBX09) Spotlight

 

includes one Gun section with three M101A1 105mm howitzers with crew & three Large six-hole bases.

The M2A1 105mm howitzer was the mainstay of the United States artillery units during World War Two. First entering production in 1941, it quickly gained a reputation for its high degree of accuracy and exceptional firepower.

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Despite being developed during the 1920s, the gun didn’t enter go production due to the surplus number of World War One vintage 75mm field guns that were still in service. The project was put on hold till the United States entered World War Two in 1941. Designated as the 105mm howitzer M1, further refinements were made during the course of the war with various designations. However, in 1962 the designation system for artillery changed and the 105mm M2A1 howitzer became known as the M101A1. The change in designation didn’t detract from its performance in any way during the course of the conflict in Vietnam.

While the M101A1 howitzer has been retired by the United States military; it continues to see service with many armed forces spanning the globe.

Gun designed by Karl Cederman
Figures designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The M101A1 105mm Howitzers
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The M101A1 105mm Howitzer in Flames Of War Vietnam
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M109 (155mm) and M108 (105mm) Assembly

 

Step 1. Begin assembly of the M109 (155mm) by attaching the tracks.
Tip: Ensure that the drive sprocket is towards the rear of the vehicle. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.
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Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Step 2. Next, attach the recoil spades to the back of the resin hull of the M109 (155mm). Below: The left-hand side recoil spade in place. Below: Both recoil spades correctly attached to the rear of the M109.
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Below: Tim has created a magnet well in the turret and the guns to make for an easy barrel swap. Below: The magnet wells in the back of the gun barrels.
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Below: The magnets attached to the gun barrels. Below: The 155mm gun barrel attached to the turret. Below: The 105mm gun barrel attached to the turret.
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Below: An optional step is to drill out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun. Tip: A 2mm drill bit is perfect for drilling out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun barrel. Below: Carefully drill through the first baffle of the muzzle brake.
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Below: Drill through the second baffle of the muzzle brake. Below: The completed drilled out muzzle brake of the 155mm. Step 3. Next, attach the commander’s hatch to the top of the turret.
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Step 4. Attach the .50 cal AA MG to the mounting arm on the commander’s hatch. Below: With the .50 cal AA MG in place, the M109 (155mm) is ready for painting.
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Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. Replace the close hatch with the open commander’s hatch. Step 2. Attach a tank commander figure. Step 3. Attach the .50 cal AA MG. Below: The fully-assembled M109 (155mm) complete with tank commander.
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M109 (155mm) Spotlight (VUS150)

 

Includes one M109 (155mm) Self-propelled gun with M108 (105mm) option, four Vehicle commander figures

The M108 (105mm) and M109 (155mm) are the latest self-propelled artillery pieces in the US Army. Initially the lighter M108 was preferred for its ability to carry more ammunition and the relative ease of resupply. Later they were phased out in favour of the more effective M109, as the supply problems were reduced when operating from fire support bases.

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Deployed in static firebases they provided long range fire support for troops put in the field as well as much needed defensive firepower when PAVN troops came out of the jungle.

Designed by Tim Adcock
Painted by Andrew Agutters

The M109 (155mm) in ‘Nam
 
The M108 (105mm) in ‘Nam
 
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Contents of the M109 (155mm) Box Set
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