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Roden: BL 8-Inch Howitzer
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 07:18 AM UTC
John, Russ,

I think that the photo of the long barreled gun that John posted is a British 6-Inch Gun Mk XIX. It used a slightly modified BL 8-inch carriage. The US purchased 100 of these; but, they were not delivered until well after the war. It appears that the US placed them into storage before eventually trading them to Brazil for airbase rights in 1940.

Resicast does a detail set that converts and backdates the Thunder Models WW2 BL 7.2-inch gun to the WW1 6-inch gun.

Rick
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC

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Guys, That final photo with the entire lash up shown including the towing tractor is quite something!



Yep, with the tractor, it's almost 2' in length. But the gun on the firing platform is equally impressive too, and a very unusual depiction of an artillery piece in it's "natural environment". That's what I really like about this kit-- it makes a very unusual and distinctive model. And it's a nice historical transition from 19th to 20th Century Artillery technology. After seeing Rick's meticulous build of the gun on the platform, I'm committed to acquiring another Howitzer so I can build one on he firing platform. I think Roden (despite its warts), has a winner with these two releases.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 12:13 AM UTC
Guys, That final photo with the entire lash up shown including the towing tractor is quite something!
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 11:48 PM UTC

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John,

The US technical manual ODN 1798, Handbook of the 8-Inch Howitzer Material, Model of 1917 (Vickers MK VI) shows the slats pointing up when viewed from the muzzle in all of its drawings. ODN 2033, Handbook of Artillery has photos of several different 8-inch pieces some with the slats pointing up and some with the slats pointing down.

There is a lot variation in wheels in period photos. I looked through the period photos that I have collected and found 13 with the slats pointing up when viewed from the muzzle and 8 pointed down. Assuming that these photos are a representative sample, slats pointing up was more common. That is how Russ and I decided to depict our models. You can depict them with the slats pointing up or down and be correct.

Rick



Yea, I should have elaborated more on the orientation of the wheel patterns. My bad. I got tunnel vision on the kit orientation without taking in consideration the two different patterns on the real article, ensuring they are correctly opposed to one another when dealing with the kit build. I displayed the photo without explaining further the orientations...thanx for adding to the discussion and giving the modeler more to go on! That's why we're all here...helping one another along by filling in the blanks!
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 05:03 PM UTC
Thanks Rick, I figured you could address the question. Just one more comment on the photo-- this particular gun looks like a post-war modification, with the oil reservoir on the barrel. The length of the barrel also looks like this might be a different weapon altogether, on an 8" carriage. Or a prototype/test model. I'm looking at the small plaque on the ground under the barrel. Although I can't read the top line, I think the bottom line states "...Gun on the 8" Carriage". It would be interesting to know the background of this piece-- it would make a great conversion for the Roden kit. And the Model Cellar treads would be easy to adapt.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 04:48 PM UTC
John,

The US technical manual ODN 1798, Handbook of the 8-Inch Howitzer Material, Model of 1917 (Vickers MK VI) shows the slats pointing up when viewed from the muzzle in all of its drawings. ODN 2033, Handbook of Artillery has photos of several different 8-inch pieces some with the slats pointing up and some with the slats pointing down.

There is a lot variation in wheels in period photos. I looked through the period photos that I have collected and found 13 with the slats pointing up when viewed from the muzzle and 8 pointed down. Assuming that these photos are a representative sample, slats pointing up was more common. That is how Russ and I decided to depict our models. You can depict them with the slats pointing up or down and be correct.

Rick
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC

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Wheel orientation:




That's just one possibility, on a different gun. Most of the photos I've seen, including the diagrams in the US manual for the 8" gun, have the orientation the other way around. Rick might have more information on the subject.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 01:58 AM UTC
Wheel orientation:

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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 03:43 PM UTC
I received a copy of the Model Cellar resin aftermarket wheel treads this week. They are excellent! Using them you can correct the Roden wheel treads in a fraction of the time that Russ and I spent scratch building the treads. I'll write up an in-box review of these and get them posted.

Rick
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 04:37 AM UTC

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Charlie,

Sorry for the delayed response. I was on vacation with poor to no internet connectivity. I'm glad you found the review useful. I hadn't considered two designers for the kit. There is definitely something unusual with the mix of finely detailed good fitting parts and others that are really vague and fit very poorly. I'm just glad that they did produced the kit. All of my other WW1 artillery kits are resin. Hopefully Roden will release a couple more WW1 artillery pieces.

Rick



Rick & Charlie,
It could be that Roden uses more than one designer for their kits, but having built a number of Roden's 1/32 and 1/144 aircraft kits (and their Rolls Royce Armored Car), I'd say this kit and the Holt tractor are pretty typical of Roden's manufacturing technique. Their kits seem to be a mixture nice engineering and poor fit, along with nice details along with crude molding. I think it's just them, and the shortcuts they take in getting a kit produced. That said, I like most of Roden's releases, because they tackle subjects that other manufacturers don't. To my recollection, no other manufacturer has released a mainstream injection molded Allied WWI Artillery piece in 1/35 scale (although they definitely fell down on their research on the 8" Howitzer). The same goes for many of their aircraft subjects. Let's hope they release more WWI ground subjects.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 01:13 PM UTC
Charlie,

Sorry for the delayed response. I was on vacation with poor to no internet connectivity. I'm glad you found the review useful. I hadn't considered two designers for the kit. There is definitely something unusual with the mix of finely detailed good fitting parts and others that are really vague and fit very poorly. I'm just glad that they did produced the kit. All of my other WW1 artillery kits are resin. Hopefully Roden will release a couple more WW1 artillery pieces.

Rick
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC

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Rick and Russ
Iím about finished with the howitzer, limber and gun platform. I donít think Iíd made it this far without your photos of the completed kit and the US Army Handbook for Artillery. The Roden instructions are a little vague in spots. It appears the kit was designed by two different individuals. Some parts are a throwback to 1960 whereas others are Tamiya quality (not enough through). I did use Paulís resin wheel set from Model Cellar which were excellent. I opted to add grain to the timbers using a microsaw blade. Have the Holt tractor in queue next. Thanks for the great write up. Charlie




Charlie,
Glad you found the article useful. It appears Roden used a 1938 export Howitzer found in the Finnish War museum as an example, but there are a few differences from the WWI version (wheel tread pattern is one). There's also a small "patch box" on the Howitzer trail that was not present on the WWI version, and as Rick has mentioned, there were some "lightening holes" in the trail that have been left off. Interestingly, the box art shows a WW1 Howitzer with the Holt tractor in the background, but the carriage has much later brakes found on the British WW2 version which are not present in the kit. So you may be correct in your interpretation of how the kit was designed-- I suspect they looked at several Howitzers, and perhaps plan to release later versions. A combination Holt Tractor/BL Howitzer kit has already been announced by Roden. For the Holt Tractor, I'd direct you to the article on that, as Michael Koenig has added several great photos and details of his build of the tractor.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM UTC
Rick and Russ
Iím about finished with the howitzer, limber and gun platform. I donít think Iíd made it this far without your photos of the completed kit and the US Army Handbook for Artillery. The Roden instructions are a little vague in spots. It appears the kit was designed by two different individuals. Some parts are a throwback to 1960 whereas others are Tamiya quality (not enough through). I did use Paulís resin wheel set from Model Cellar which were excellent. I opted to add grain to the timbers using a microsaw blade. Have the Holt tractor in queue next. Thanks for the great write up. Charlie

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC
Thanks Frank. Has anyone ever built their entire stash?

Rick
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:27 AM UTC
Bill,

Russ had his 8-inch and Holt completed in time for the Seattle IPMS Spring Show in April where it won first place in the artillery category. So we have objective proof that it builds up very well. I am working on another WW1 artillery piece in resin now. The Roden injection molded kit is looking better by the minute.

Rick
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 03:04 PM UTC
thank you for the comprehensive review; I like the kit and if I ever finish my stockpile (ha!) I'll be interested in looking these two up.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 08:13 AM UTC
Bill, itís a nice model when completed, but not without some ďwartsĒ which Rick and I have found out. Thanks to Model Cellar, we now have a correction set for the wheels. Rick has done an excellent job of presenting it here, and I agree, it provides an excellent option to some resin kits, at a fraction of the cost.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 05:28 AM UTC
Looks like a winner and far better than the resin artillery that seems to dominate the WW1 offerings in big guns.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:03 PM UTC


Rick Taylor and Russ Bucy present a detailed build review of Roden''s BL 8-Inch Howitzer Mk. VI, both in firing and travelling modes.

Read the Review

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!