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Camo scheme for M102 Howitzer
thehermit
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Manitoba, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 - 04:21 PM UTC
Hey guys, I'm building the AFV Club 105mm howitzer and I THINK iread somewhere that these were painted desert sand for OIF...? Can anyone confirm this info...?

It seems like a nice kit, rather small and fiddly bits though. The tri-color scheme for me would be finicky, considering there is a local IPMS contest this Wed. coming up..Sept. 7th...!! Ya, I know, left ot waaaaaay too late, but thought it was a small parts count and simple scheme.

Any help appreciated.
thehermit
HermannB
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 - 08:02 PM UTC
Hello Laurie,

I don`t think that the M102 was still in use in OIF. According to Jane`s Armor and Artillery, the gun was fielded in the early 1960`s and was definitly used in Vietnam, Grenada and ODS. But from 1985 on it was replaced by the British made
L119/M119.

HTH
Hans-Hermann
Frenchy
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 - 10:17 PM UTC
Hi Laurie

Maybe this would help (from Wikipedia) ?

"M102 Howitzer belonging to Battery A, 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery, 39th Brigade Combat Team, in position at Fire Base Paris, Camp Taji, Iraq 29 May 2004. In the background is a M109A6 Paladin 155mm Howitzer belonging to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. These guns provided counter battery fire and close fire support for the 39th Brigade Combat Team and the 1st Cavalry Division during OIF II. A M109A6 Paladin Howitzer belonging to 2-82 FA, 1CD can be seen in the background." :


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"M102 Howitzer belonging to Battery A, 1-206th FA is towed north from Camp New York Kuwait on the convoy to Camp Taji by an M1114 Up-Armored HMMWV (15 March 2004) " :



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Frenchy
redleg12
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 12:16 AM UTC
Frenchy....once again you amaze me.

I was sure the M102 was totally out of the system but it would appear on Arkansas National Guard unit still had them in 2004.. These had to be hand me downs from the 10th Mountain as they do not have the roll cage that the 101 & 82 had on theirs.

The camo is the 3 color NATO on these.

Love the duce!

Rounds Complete!!
Frenchy
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 12:54 AM UTC
Hi Mike

The 206th Field Artillery of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has finally retired its M102s in June 2010 :

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=126262597408921

Here's another OIF picture :



HTH

Frenchy
ChiefGunner
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 12:30 PM UTC
Hi

I found this image in a small movie.

Photobucket

Regards.
ChiefGunner