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Randy J Ray

Another 2-pounder question: Ammo Colors?

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I have another question for my 2-pounder project, for those who may be able to help.

 

I have the set of shells and spent casings from RB Models. I had intended to just use the spent casings, but the loaded shells themselves are so nicely-done it seems a shame to not use them as well. But my attempts to get a look at the colors of the shells (whether there were any steel bands on them, etc.) has turned up next to nothing. I tried a variety of Google queries but all I got were 17-pounder and 25-pounder examples.

 

Any idea whether the rounds were just satin-ish black, or if there were any bands/stripes on them?

 

Thanks in advance,

Randy

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Paint/markings were standardised - so that you knew what you were getting! So 2pdr AP is marked the same way as 17pdr AP - black, with a white tip; the white tip has a red band within it. The driving band is copper coloured.

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You should try and buy the book Firing Now by Dick Taylor, MMP Books. ISBN 978-83-63678-91-3 as it covers the history of tank, anti-tank and self-propelled artillery ammunition used by the Americans and British in WW2.

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Here's the painting guide from the AFV Club 2pdr ammo set.  Looks about right to my eye, but strangely no AP round.  I believe the middle pair that look like APDS are squeeze-bore rounds for the Littlejohn Adaptor.

 

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AP round

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That single round In the second picture is an AP Practice round - hence the yellow band.

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