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M65 Atomic Annie
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:05 PM

I remember seeing this beast when I was at Ft. Sill in '69 for my MOS. Poor guys on these crews must have been bored to death not even getting to live fire now and again. Wrapping up the prime movers. I am not doing much of anything in the way of use and abuse weathering since I'm certain the crew had little more to do other than wash and oil and grease day after day after...

Love the parts in that they are not brittle as glass and need nothing but sanding the sprue nub down. For you detail guys you could go nuts on the gun carriage! If you come across the excellent walk around post on this thing it's almost comical seeing the relatively tiny casters this hog is supported by resting on that round base plate.

 M65 Atomic Annie by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:09 PM

Is that the 1/72 Dragon kit?

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by GlennH on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:43 PM

stikpusher

Is that the 1/72 Dragon kit?

 

Yes. The only real drawback was this kit was especially frugal on the decal backing paper. They had them so close and justaposed it was practically impossible to cut one out at a time. The Army stars were not even layed out in a straight line. Rays were positioned in between rays of the next star! Crying

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 09, 2019 3:02 PM

Whoa! That's gonna be epic! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 09, 2019 3:37 PM

Cool!

I have that kit, too - but it looks like yours will get to be built faster than mine...

Lookin' good so far - good luck with your build and thanks for sharing, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:53 PM

Pawel

Cool!

I have that kit, too - but it looks like yours will get to be built faster than mine...

Lookin' good so far - good luck with your build and thanks for sharing, have a nice day

Paweł

 

I'll probably throw mine out after I see yours Pawell. Stick out tongue. I have seen comments about the catwalks fixed in the travel position which is the way I am displaying mine. Looking close I am sure with your skills and patience they could be taken flush and new ones made with the right fine mesh screen and I know you could make new 'ladders'

Here's a scratch built one with some fantastic electric and hydraulic detail. I almost think his catwalks can operate!

https://www.theatomiccannon.com/the_model

 

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:18 PM

Just ran into the test shot of the beast. You can see the paint flying off cars and busses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEMOAqAN33Q

 

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:47 PM

Hello Glenn!

Thanks a lot for your kind words and I think you're being too modest here... I'm sure your "Annie" will turn out great. As for my model I think about showing it in transport mode, too, but I have contemplated taking it out of battery, with the breach block pulled way out.

Many years ago I have found one web site where a Dutch modeller really improved on the old Renwal model:

http://www.mil-mod.nl/atomic-annie/

I Have also looked at the video - it's downright scary. First the flash burning throught stuff, and then the shockwave wrecking havoc a while later... Dang, I hope to never see anything like that in use...

Making models of the equipment might help to spread the word on it, so good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:42 PM

I do need to pick up one of theswe kits.  They're just not seeen it this area.

I remember seeing the tractors for the atomic cannos on the highway every so ofter when I was in high school.  Naturally I didn't know what they were up to back then but with Picatinny Arsenal on the other side of town, you could come up with all sorts of ideas.

The night I graduated high school we were getting ready in the music room and a girl I knew showed me a photo of her boy friend who was in Viet Nam.  It was a fairly typical shot with a couple G.I.s in the fore ground with their flak vests opened and helmets offbut the background was the interestings part.  Two Sheridan tanks were at the edge of the picture in a large clearing and between them was a atomic cannon set up on its pedistal with the tractors off to the side.  I was a bit surprised by this because this was the first time I had seen a photo of a real one anywhere except for the publicity desert shots that had been released.  

Someone told me that it must have been a French rail road gun left over but there were no tracks anywhere in the clearing and if was definately one of ours.  It couild have been sent over with conventional ammo as a test program, but who knows.  I never heard anything else about it.

Liked the shots from over there, especially the V-100s and M-113s.

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Posted by GlennH on Friday, March 15, 2019 7:57 AM

ikar01

I do need to pick up one of theswe kits.  They're just not seeen it this area.

I remember seeing the tractors for the atomic cannos on the highway every so ofter when I was in high school.  Naturally I didn't know what they were up to back then but with Picatinny Arsenal on the other side of town, you could come up with all sorts of ideas.

The night I graduated high school we were getting ready in the music room and a girl I knew showed me a photo of her boy friend who was in Viet Nam.  It was a fairly typical shot with a couple G.I.s in the fore ground with their flak vests opened and helmets offbut the background was the interestings part.  Two Sheridan tanks were at the edge of the picture in a large clearing and between them was a atomic cannon set up on its pedistal with the tractors off to the side.  I was a bit surprised by this because this was the first time I had seen a photo of a real one anywhere except for the publicity desert shots that had been released.  

Someone told me that it must have been a French rail road gun left over but there were no tracks anywhere in the clearing and if was definately one of ours.  It couild have been sent over with conventional ammo as a test program, but who knows.  I never heard anything else about it.

Liked the shots from over there, especially the V-100s and M-113s.

 

Actually I ordered mine from Amazon. It was several bucks less than the two places I usually buy from on line even with the shipping.

Pawell, I see that the one I saw when I was at Sill is the one that fired that Nevada test shot. I also saw that the Atomic Energy Museum in Albuquerque has  parts or all I one. I wish I had known cause I had driven by it a hundred times. I could not tell if they had the complete gun or just the prime movers

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Sunday, March 17, 2019 1:08 PM

Ok anyone that plans to build this in the travel positions I have two things you want to plan for in advance on the trailing vehicle so you can consider modifications. First is if the tube is locked in the travel position it will sit right on top of the vehicles hood. Sticklers will want to perhaps elevate the coupling on the vehicle somehow. Secondly the turning radius of that vehicle is limited to almost zero. It could never match the radius of the front end in a turn. To correct that I'd probably suggest ignoring the location marks and shifting that assembly maybe an 1/8 inch further back on the gun carriage.

 M65 Atomic Annie by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 17, 2019 1:49 PM

Hello Glenn!

Your model is looking nice. The thing is Dragon molded the catwalks up, but the rest of the gun in the firing position. In the travel position the whole gun is a bit like in full recoil. Looking for a photo to show you that, I came across another good reference site:

http://sbiii.com/ordatcan.html

It has, among others, this photo:

I think it shows you what the deal is. I don't know if it also takes care of the rear tractor or should I say puller turning radius.

Have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:32 PM

Ah. I see that now. The instructions had little about the options and that was not one I don't think.. I'll have to look in case I missed that option in the breech glueup.From what I see of the picture it is very doable if you plan it going in. No the only way to correct that radius is to glue that towing section on the carriage forward a bit.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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