by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
Resicast have continued to increase their range of World War I artillery with a release last year of the 60 pdr Mk I Howitzer. The gun and limber are an excellent addition to their ever growing range of First World War subjects.
The kit comes packed in the standard Resicast format the parts being contained in individual zip plastic bags, 12 in this case. Cast in a light cream coloured resin, the kit was mastered by George Moore who will be known to many of you from his previous work.
Included with the kit is a 16 page A5 instruction booklet detailing the parts for the kit and instruction assembly is by a logical sequence of black and white photographs supplemented by texts where appropriate. All the parts are numbered and correspond to the build instructions as best I can tell without construction.
The kit can be constructed in the firing or towed position by adding the limber included in the kit. The quality and casting of the parts look excellent and the build is fairly straight forward. The kit contains over 75 resin parts and should make of an excellent display when constructed.
The Mk I gun could fire the early 60 lb shell 10,300 yards. Weighing 4.4 tons the 60-pounder required a team of 8/12 horses It could also be mechanically towed by the Holt Tractor and this is the type of fitting provided in the limber
As far as ammunition is concerned kit no 35.2371 Ammo for WW1 60 pdr gun can be purchased should you wish to model the gun in a firing position, or just need some WW1 shells for diorama building.
The gun saw extensive service in WW1, 74 batteries were stationed along the Western Front, 3 in Italy, 3 in Mesopotamia and 7 in Palestine. There were also 2 Canadian Batteries on active service on the Western Front.
This appears to be an excellent addition to the Resicast range of World War 1 Artillery and offers modellers even more choice in this genre. With the recently announced release of the 9.2inch Howitzer all we need now is for ICM or MB to produce some generic WW1 British artillery type crewmen, or perhaps Stalingrad or D Day Miniatures would oblige?