Tidying up the Soviet artillery park, I just had to post this one when I realised where all the bits come from.
It is (pretty much) a Model 1909/30 (Schneider style) 152mm Howitzer … the most numerous divisional howitzer in the Khalkin Gol and Winter War arsenals. The tractor is a modified QRF model, towing a Skytrex limber (German, but ‘Russified’ by the addition of some Battlefront wheels) and a Quality Castings 152 (with the spoked wheels replaced by the wheels off the German limber – but with the holes filled-in, so they look less German …)… The driver is Battlefront with a Peter Pig head. It sort of sums up my 15mm WW2 collection.
It is my usual configuration … with the gun on a tin-shim, and the tow and crew bases with a magnabase strip to keep it in place. The magnetic patch is here mounted on a sort of ramp, so the piece will offer up onto the limber. I like to think that tweak creates the right illusions without being too clumsy.
What I like about this mongrel model is that – to me, at least – it looks right. Despite being from three or four different sources, it looks like it was designed to go together, and gives me the late 1930s artillery unit nobody offers straight off the shelf. The QC 152 is a particularly nice gun, although it can look a little delicate alongside some of the less subtle models that are common in this scale.
These old-fashioned looking pieces continued in use throughout the war. The Finns used quite a lot them also (the Red Army donated a few as a consequence of some of the more muddled episodes of its operations …)…
Happy New Year.