I believe it is as simple as using the shorter barrel. Italeri did several versions of the M110, M110A1 and M110A2 that were barrel sprue swaps. They also did a German version that included different tracks and some German add ons, but was in a Revell box.
The kit I have has only the one barrel - OA length is ~9.1 in., excluding the breech.
Would be easy enough to cut the existing barrel to the correct length and insert a section
of tube at the end as the original plastic tube wall thickness is likely too thin. Would
be more economical than purchasing another kit although may not be exactly correct.
insert a section
too thin. Would
M110A2) to Viet Nam
al versions of the M110, M110A1 and M110A2 that were barrel sprue swaps. Th
ey also did a German version that included different tracks and some German
add ons, but was in a Revell box.
Once upon a time, Verlinden did a resin conversion set #423 to make the old
M107 or short barreled M110 into a modern M110A1 or M110A2. Any artillerym
an using the Verlinden set said that it included the barrel for the M110. I
know barrel depot did a turned metal tube, not sure if it is still availab
This site might help you in your project:
Testors was the version I built. It included a photo of the built kit and w
as a straight M110, kit #795 and had a name on the tube BLOOD, SWEAT & TEAR
S in yellow stencil.
This thread states that what Italeri tries to sell as their M110A1 is in fa
ct, the Testors M110 A-nothing.
Thanks again Rob.
Found an article that noted the M107 was a 175 mm howitzer that used the same chassis as
the M110. Have been unsuccessful in finding any written detail on the contents of
Verlinden kit 423 - although the photo of the box top appears to show a short barrel is
Found this in a kit review: "The M110 featured a stubby 25.3 caliber M2A2 8 inch howitzer,
with no muzzle brake, while the M110A1 had a longer 39.5 caliber M201 howitzer. The M110A2
added a double baffle muzzle brake to the M110A1 barrel (redesignated M201A1)", ref.
The caliber values being the same for all but the M110A2 as mentioned in the missing-lynx
thread you noted.
The photo of the Testor's M110 shows the end of the barrel just past the end of the body,
similar to although better than the photo of the Verlinden kit. Warren Kuntz offers the
OA barrel length of the M110 is 214.9 in. - or 6.14 in. in 1/35 scale. Not clear if that
is from the outer face of the breech to end of barrel or from another reference point.
Wish someone would have noted the OA length of the Testor's M110 barrel, as noted above -
that would make it easy.
There are reports that M107 175mm self propelled gun wearing out their tube
s in Vietnam and replacement 8" tubes being brought in by heavy helicopters
basically turning them into M110 self propelled howitzers. The 107s went o
ut of service before the M110 series.
The kits are all virtually identical except for the gun tube and the decals
. What Italeri tries to pass off as the M110A1 is just an M110. The M110A1
had a longer tube but with a flared end of the tube. But much like the M107
to M110, the M110 easily became an M110A1 or M110A2 with a change of gun t
If you can guessimate the length of the M110 barrel, just getting a piece o
f brass or styrene rod the right size and you'd be in business. It is hard
to find photos of the actual vehicle since a tube swap upgraded them.
Will cut the barrel and use styrene to fill the end of the barrel. Not having a lathe
will forgo trying to create the OD flare at the end of the tube.
While I prefer accuracy - try not to be too anal about details. Although this build will
be a gift to a good friend that crewed an M110 early in Nam - so he would most likely and
very quickly note any discrepancies.
aving a lathe
this build will
most likely and
Are you sure he'd note discrepancies? I've served on several tanks througho
ut my career and I doubt I would be able to note anything other than if som
eone tried to pass off one version for another. And that's only going back
the past 30 years, not 50 years.
My comment was based mostly on respect for my good friend and that he is very detail
oriented. However, as you note, identifying discrepancies of any kind other than those of
a gross overall nature may be unlikely. Will advise any comments he shares after
receiving the model - which is going to be a while.
Tank crew member - that is special! Not having the benefit of that experience or anything
similar - how loud is it in the turret when a round is fired? Is hearing protection
Thank you again Rob - very much appreciate you sharing the benefit of your experiences.
her than those of
ience or anything
t having a lathe
ugh this build will
uld most likely and
On a tank that I crewed, and there have been a fair number, I would notice
something like the wrong style track (my old M48A5 used the early style and
not the later style often seen). Whereas my M60A3TTS used the later style
track, but had a mixture of both old and new style road wheels. The camoufl
age was repainted during my ownership and photos from one time won't match
photos from a different date.
Now I crewed several Abrams tanks, some of which went through modifications
while I was the tank commander as well, not to mention a trip to the deser
t that required my second pristine 3-color tank to get a crappy sand colore
d paint job. Subsequent Abrams tanks came delivered in factory fresh desert
sand. I can tell most of the variations between the years it's been in ser
I only crewed one M1A2 and for just a brief period so unless someone tried
to pass off a very late version as my early M1A2, I'd be hard pressed to po
int out inaccuracies that would truly be just variations.
As a young lieutenant, I was normally asked to build a model kit of a fello
w lieutenant's particular tank. Believe me, using 1989 standards, and tryin
g to replicate markings by hand, most were very happy to have a tank that w
as supposed to be their tank, but not even close by my standards of the lat
e 90s, let alone today.
ience or anything
Yes, tanks are very loud. We wore combat vehicle crewman helmets (CVC) whic
h have a fiberglass shell and a headset that allow radio and intercom commu
nication. Itchy and uncomfortable and tighter than wearing a football helme
t. When firing, additional ear plugs should be worn but weren't because you
need to be able to hear other crewmen and the radio. Yes, I am a little ha
rd of hearing.
The 120mm cannon of the Abrams is very loud, much more so than the 105 of t
he M48A5 or M60A3, but those are still loud as well. If you don't have some
hearing protection on, either the CVC helmet or ear plugs, your ears will
be ringing after the first shot. Even the machine guns are loud enough to r
equire hearing protection. Additionally, the turbine whine of the Abrams is
enough to cause hearing loss. It's an occupational hazard generations of t
ankers have suffered through.
Thanks Rob - appreciate you sharing your experiences.
Did you see the movie 'Fury'? If so - how accurate were the tank operations and
interactions portrayed? Understand those interactions took place decades ago with older
technology - whereas current tactics would be significantly different.
Was surprised to read after seeing the movie the battle between the Tiger and Sherman used
the last operational Tiger I tank - and was not animated. That is true dedication to
ago with older
and Sherman used
My brother in law asked the same thing about crew interaction. On a tank, t
here is still rank as in any unit. The senior person is the tank commander,
usually an officer, sergeant first class or staff sergeant. The gunner is
normally a sergeant, the driver a specialist and the loader a private of so
me type. Rank is rank and there are crew commands and responses drilled int
o armor crewmen that become as automatic as breathing. Grabbing a clerk to
stick in the bow gunner spot is odd, but it would be the least critical pos
ition. All he needs to do is shoot a machine gun and mess with the radios.
Of course, their tank battles are much closer than modern day gun fights. O
ur "battle sight" is set at 1200m with many engagements beginning at 3000m
(roughly 2 miles).
I also thought the guy freezing instead of firing the gun at the dismounted
troops was odd. Especially with tanks, shooting at fleeting dismounted sha
pes should come naturally. I also thought the execution of the German POW w
RobG wrote in
I have read from more than one source that Waffen SS were treated
differently than Wehrmact soldiers. Read a few stories about how few Waffen
SS became prisoners and why. Shooting the Waffen SS was disturbing but not
0A2) to Viet Nam
Wow! People still post here? I wanted to check an ancient post of mine from
twenty years ago to find an acquaintance.
In answer to your question, yes, you can cut the barrel and insert a tube.
That's exactly what I did on mine. (and added rifling)It flares a little at
the end, so having a lathe certainly won't hurt. I even posted photos to A
rmorama. In real life there's a lot more to do. Each section of the rear of
the barrel are different lengths depending upon the model. I just measured
them extensively and a resin company MAY be doing them soon.
My best friend was part of the crew that tested the M110A1E2.
Bill said that the 25-caliber gun tube was replaced with a 35-caliber gun tube,
and that the hydraulics had to be redone because they were blowing hydraulic at
high powder charges.
Since the gun tube in the model is 9.1" long, cutting it down to 6-3/8" would
give you a 25-caliber tube.
Bill also said that when using charge 9, the crew had to dismount, he had to use
an extra long lanyard, and the recoil would lift the gun completely off the
ground and rock it back on the spade. The gun also had to be reset after each
charge 9 shot, so the plan was to only use charge 9 for special weapons (nuclear
I saw some video of the initial high charge tests at night and immediately
understood why the flash suppressor was added. The BRIGHT made it easy for the
enemy to locate you without using counter-battery radar, which made you a