Yippee the last unit for the competition is finally finished!
This Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) began development in 1941 as a private venture by the Morris-Commercial company. Morris was one of Britain’s most famous motor companies, renowned for their cars.
They also built a number of vehicles for the military, such as the Morris CS9 Armoured Car and the Morris Light Reconnaissance Car. One of their most famous military vehicles was the Morris C8 Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) also known as ‘Quad’. The Morris C9/B is based on this Tractor and was armed with the 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun.
A total of 1680 vehicles were built in total. The C9/B, officially designated the ‘Carrier, 30 cwt, SP, 4×4, 40 mm AA (Bofors)’ was intended to be a mobile gun platform for the defence of convoys and columns against air attack. Light anti-aircraft regiments were usually outfitted with a battery of six self-propelled guns.
The chosen armament for this self-propelled anti-aircraft gun was perhaps one of the most famous anti-aircraft (AA) guns in history.
This 40mm autocannon, designed and built by the Swedish company Bofors, entered military use in 1934. It became one of the most reliable and deadly guns of the time, seeing use with multiple armies during and after the Second World War.
It had a number of uses, being placed on warships, towed into battle or mounted on various tank chassis. The gun fired a 40 mm (1.6 in) shell, weighing 0.2 kg (2 lbs), up to a maximum vertical range of 7,160 m (23,490 ft). The rate of fire was 120 rounds per minute. Elevation range was from −5 degrees to +90 degrees.
This is a good shot of how the truck was “steadied” on three of its four sides. The warlords kit does not allow for this to be modelled.
The pull out legs to stabilize the gun when firing. Not possible to model with this kit.
Additional weights were held on the front bumpers for stabilisation.
A magnet and washer were also added to assist the models stability on the tabletop – after all we do not want it to miss through a lack of appropriate stabilisation do we!
I am very pleased with my efforts as I only came up with the 2/3rd Tank Attack Platoon project as a way to use the spare guns I had exactly a month ago!
Geez I wish I could still do that!
Tomorrow I will show pics of the whole army together.