: Alright, I know, TRY EBAY FIRST! But, what is the kit number and the
: actual designation (ie: M-102, M-2) of the weapon?
Ebay and "reasonable" are pretty much mutually exclusive. :-)
I'd suggest you search on "atomic +cannon" on the search page, and
click the "include description" box. Last I checked, there were a
couple of kits for auction.
I don't believe any had a model designation on them.
Both kits were just labeled "Atomic Cannon" as far as I recall. Remember, there
were two different kits released in the 1950's: a 1/40th version by Adams/Snap
(which may have reappeared under the Life-Like label). The second version is
the 1/32 scale kit from Renwal, which reappeared under Revell's "History Maker"
limited reissue in the 1980's.
There was an M number assigned but can't recall it off the top.
The guns were mostly labled "Gun 280mm T71 on Carriage T72" and were built by
the Dravo Corporation in 1952. The carrier tractors were standardized as M249
(Front) and M250 (Rear).
It may have well been another M1 but can't be sure.
All the documents I have refer to the T131 (later M65) gun. Was the T71
maybe the modified 240mm at the VA War Museum? The carriage was the M66
IIRC and was built by Dravo (here in Pittsburgh - like the "Little David"
mortar!), the gun was made at Watervliet arsenal. The trucks were made by
That came off the one I had to rebuild (!) for punishment while out at Fort
Riley, KS. We were sealed in a maintenance tent in February with the gun (no
transporters, just the gun tube and carriage) and had to strip it, repaint it,
and help put it in a firing position. It still sits on top of a hill
overlooking I-70 to this day.