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British 60pdr Howitzer Mk I
Resicast 60pdr Gun Mk I & Limber
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

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

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.

Conclusion

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?
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent quality and a welcome additon to the WW1 range of artillery.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.1242
  PUBLISHED: Apr 23, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

Copyright 2017 text by Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Thought I would kick off the comments Al.......hope you enjoy the build.....heads up FEI, Graham has asked if I can get the tractor wheels done...similar to the 8" but smaller......it will be a while as my CADDER is on holiday.
APR 23, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Looks like a welcome addition to the Great War guns coming into the hobby. Thanks for bringing this one to our attention, Al.
APR 24, 2015 - 02:06 AM
Hi George, Another neat looking kit, I plan the towed version as I thought it would go well with the Holt. I like the look of the new 9.2inch too. Your build is coming along well. Thanks for the heads up. Hi Bill, There is a good range of WW1 artillery now, so lots of choice, from the 18pdr, 6inch, 60 pdr, 8inch and now the 9.2 inch - Keeps George busy and off the streets Cheers Al
APR 24, 2015 - 06:38 AM
Heads up, another towing vehicle on the bench......still loads to do, but I have a mass of info courtesy of some restorers.......British and US versions planned of the FWD Type B........used for towing the 6" howitzer......early days.
APR 25, 2015 - 12:38 AM
Al, I forgot to say....I think Christophe has been waiting for some parts (I recently revised a few items).......possible reason he has not sent his photo.....his one is in the dazzle cammo.
APR 25, 2015 - 12:41 AM
Hi George, Thanks for the info. Graham forgot to put the wheels in with mine , which was why the review was published late. Work commences and look forward to the FWD Type B. CHeers Al
APR 25, 2015 - 04:51 AM
Just been looking at my files re the MkI MkII 60 pdr......it's a bit more than "changing wheels"........need mods to carriage. So we'll see how it goes.
APR 26, 2015 - 01:42 AM
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