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Finished: A Big 'Un (soon to be Den Nachschub)


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For a Dutch FB GB I decided to build a not often seen kit: Soar Arts' German 35,5cm M1 Super Heavy Howitzer (also posted in the Arty section). Yet I decided, this also needs a complementary (albeit skeleton) crew an ammo delivery truck and ofcourse a dio.

Here are the results: 

 

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Now it has popped up again, I've spotted it & pleased I did, it is a gem. I've long enjoyed the super heavy artillery builds on here, this one is right up there with the best. I'm curious as to how this beast moved around though, it doesn't appear to be rail dependent like some others have been?

Steve.

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I feel humbled by your compliments :)   According to the info I found, the mount offered a 360 degrees travers. That would mean they dragged around the rear piece??? . 

As for transport, It  disassembled into six loads for transport. The loads were cradle, barrel, top carriage, bottom carriage, front platform and turntable and the rear platform. Each piece on its trailer was towed by a 18 t (18 long tons; 20 short tons) Sd.Kfz. 9 half-track. A seventh half-track towed the gantry crane required to assemble the weapon. The gantry crane (powered by a generator on its towing vehicle) would be erected at the new firing position and would take about two hours to assemble the entire weapon.

 

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You're welcome... I must admit that some of these pics are also new to me??? 😕 
I also just found out that the barrel is incorrect and that a German firm issued a aluminum replacement. I actually considder buying that one to enhance the kit further. Lucky for me, I left  the barrel separate!!!

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