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British 6pdr Anti Tank Gun (Airborne)

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Military Vehicle Open Day IWM Duxford, 16th June 2013
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About the Author

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 ...


Comments

Don't wait! Do your conversion right now! You know as soon as you make a scratch-build, or conversion, a company is certain to release the model!
JUN 19, 2013 - 02:04 AM
Don't wait! Do your conversion right now! You know as soon as you make a scratch-build, or conversion, a company is certain to release the model! [/quote] So true Al
JUN 19, 2013 - 02:37 AM
thanks for the pics this is great reference material for me to use. But didn't all ab versions also have trail legs that would break down in two parts to make it easier to load in gliders? Al reference pics I can find show the joints half way down the legs. I'm looking for detail pictures on those joints and can't find any.
JUN 19, 2013 - 02:13 PM
Al, yes me too...but I am too scared to attempt to cut the trails so I thought I'd wait also for the kit/s. I have attempted a muzzle brake but just does'nt look right. Eric, you are right I can't see the trails/ hinge point on Als walk around...
JUN 19, 2013 - 03:28 PM
hoping to build a diorama one day showing John Baskeyfield of the 2nd South Staffords in action. Again great pictures and a big help. Is it possible that there where two versions of the 6pdr in action at this stage in the war? I know they did start to drop some mods on the jeeps because after D day a newer type glider became available.
JUN 19, 2013 - 04:49 PM
Hi folks, This gun belongs to a re-en actors group. I don't know it's origin. Your correct that there doesn't seem to be any joints in the legs but I don't know if this was common to all British Airborne 6pdr or not and if so when it was introduced? The Museum example in Duxford looks all wrong or is a much later version of the airborne gun so not much help there. The main differences as I understand it were a shortened axle,otherwise they wouldn't fit in the Horsa, no fixed lower shield and the joint in the trail legs. Here's a couple of pics of guns being loaded up. and one in action at Arnhem It could also be that the legs were changed at some point during the restoration/salvage of the gun or that it's an American 57mm? There was little difference in the to. Without measuring the axle width or knowing the guns history I can't say either way. Al
JUN 19, 2013 - 09:18 PM
There is an original airborne 6ib a/t gun in the Royal Armouries Collection at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth. It's up on the parade ground in one of the big tents. sk
JUN 21, 2013 - 10:56 AM
Thanks Simon, AL
JUN 21, 2013 - 06:12 PM
Thanks for the info. I have in mind a diorama of American Airborne unit with this weapon employed during Operation Overlord. I can't recall the actual unit details, but it was deployed in a French village and IRC took out some German armor.
JUN 27, 2013 - 07:27 AM
Hi Wayne, These might be of interest. Al
JUN 27, 2013 - 08:48 AM