Saturday, February 7, 2015

M50 Self-propelled 155mm Gun by battlefront

The other day I got my M50 Sp in the mail.  One never has enough artillery in a fight.  The model is nice, but I question the type of track it came with.   I believe the M50 SP should of came with the HVSS track system.  As most of the pictures I found on the web  show this type of track system.

  • M-50 155 mm - The M-50 was an open structured self-propelled artillery piece, mounting a single French Model 50 155 mm howitzer at the back of the hull, which was based on the "long" hull of M4A4 fitted with Continental engine (late production vehicles possibly used "short" hulls from other variants). The gun was developed in the early 1960s by Israeli Ordnance Corps in cooperation with France. Probably about 120 units were produced. In early 1970s M-50s were fitted with HVSS and Cummins diesel engines. Was used in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War. Some reserve units were armed with the M-50 at least until the late 1970s.

This is what is in the package from Battle Front.

10 separate parts . 

5 parts for the 155 mm gun, two crew figures

Plastic track from the Sherman
155mm gun installed

The finished model

 Looks like I need to buy some HVSS suspension to make it correct.  The interesting part is the model master was 3d printed.  As you can see the layers on the front hull, gun and couple other spots.  Now I need to remove the tracks... Bummer.

1 comment:

  1. Hello gary,

    the informations and packing by Battlefront are wrong.

    All M50 SP-Gun were already equiped with the HVSS suspension in early 1967.