Tuesday, May 10

Preview: US 155mm Howitzer M1918 (USMC) in 1/35th scale from Das Werk

Known around the world in many names and types, from WWI to WWII and beyond, the 155mm howitzer adopted by the US Marines is the subject of Das Werk's latest release. We look at the package in our preview... 

Preview: US 155mm Howitzer M1918 (USMC) in 1/35th scale from Das Werk

Preview: US 155mm Howitzer M1918 United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Kit No #DW35023
1/35th scale 
Kit Number: DW35023
The subject: US 155mm Howitzer M1918 United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Known by many different names "Canon de 155 Mle 1917 Schneider C" in France and Belgium, the "15.5cm sFH 414(f) in German service with the Afrikakorps, and "Model 1918 155mm Howitzer - Schneider" in the U.S.A. This powerful and robust howitzer served in the armies of many nations during World War I, the Spanish Civil War, World War II and even beyond.

M1918 155mm howitzer is fired by artillery crewmen of the 11th Marines Guadalcanal
The last military to use the Schneider 155 was Finland, with a modified version serving in a training role into the 1980s.

SGT James B. Aets uses a quadrant to determine the elevation of the 155mm Howitzer, while CPL Charles J. Hines sights on the aiming stake. Circa 1914 to 1918.
The Kit: 
This boxing, Das Werk DW35023, includes parts needed to build the U.S. Model 1918 version. The kit can be built in the travel or battery (firing) positions, with the breech open or closed, and includes accessories that would be common in a firing position.
Shells of two types, along with their crates, as well as two styles of loading rammer, and the manual shell handling cradle, are also included. The shell handling cradle can be mounted to the chassis, as might be seen in travel or in museums, or it can be placed as an accessory in a diorama.
The U.S. Model 1918 served in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the early years of the war. The elements that make the U.S. version unique (pneumatic tires, flat shield, unique rear tow hitch and data plaque) are included in this boxing of the kit.

Product Details
Highly detailed static plastic model
The US produced version of the French 155mm howitzer
Features all distinctive changes  of the US WW2 version's used by US Marine Corps
Can be built-in transport and firing position with a hitch
Two types of ammunition are included
Ammo, crates (transport boxes) & shell handling cradle included
Two types of loading rammer included
Breech can be built open or closed
Photo-Etch-Parts included
Marking Options & Colour Profiles
The kit includes Pre-World War WII & World War II markings:
The decals in the kit:
Instructions manual for this kit:
You can find out more information on this kit, or where to pre-order it from the Das Werk Website