The outstanding M114 155 mm howitzer was a towed medium artillery piece used by the US Army from
1942 onwards. It served in the Korean War and in Vietnam War as well. Adopted by the armies of many
countries, in the early 21th century this artillery piece still remains in service in some of them.
The Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft gun is one of the most famous artillery pieces ever built. It saw
widespread service during the Second World War with the Allies and also, in a lesser extent, with the
Axis. Adquired by the armies of many countries, in the early 21th century, updated versions of this
artillery piece still remain in service.
The Flakvierling 38 was a Flakpanzer IV which mounted four Flak 38 20 mm guns. The Flak 30 and
Flak 38 light anti-aircraft guns were the most numerously produced German artillery pieces throughout
the war. Due to the speed of low-flying aircraft, these weapons relied in a high rate of fire to be able
to hit the target; in the practice, the rate of fire of this quadruple version was around 800 rounds per
minute, this is, 200 rpm for each gun, which required ten magazine swaps each minute, for these stored
only 20 shells.
The Allies rebuilt considerable numbers of their M3 and M4 medium tanks into self-propelled guns in
order to cope with the ever increasing needs for a mobile support fire platform for their ground assault
forces. The result was the M7 Priest (named like that due to the pulpit-like machine gun ring)
which carried a 155 mm howitzer.
The Pak 40 75 mm anti-tank gun was the answer of the German Army to the Russian T34 tanks. Around
23500 units were produced during the war; of these, 6000 units were of the version KwK 40, specially
adapted for being mounted in tank destroyers. It was a powerful weapon until the end of the war; only
the heaviest tanks could endure a frontal hit, while no one could resist a shot from a flank or the rear.
After the war this gun remained in service in some countries of Eastern Europe.
Diorama concepts from Airfix
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From the physical pieces of the traditional wargames to the virtual elements of modern videogames, the
dioramas are for the dabbler a candy for the imagination. The dioramic layouts are enriched with many
details, such as ammunition boxes, sandbags, signposts, barbed wire supports, pickaxes, shovels, oil
drums and even bycicles, and can be made to suit most wartime situations, with almost limitless
modelling or wargaming potential.
Forward command post: an european shell-torn house and many details of the craft, including items and
personnel as well (a dispatch rider and a wireless operator).
North African outpost: comprising a ruined flat-roofed Arab-style house, together with a German Afrika
Korps reconnaissance unit (personnel and vehicles).
Jungle headquarters: a native longhouse from the Far East and typical wartime accessories for adding
a touch of realism or tactical possibilities to the scene.
Accessories for dioramas: barricades, jerrycans, road signs, telegraph poles, brick walls and sand bags.
~ Dioramas: good for the modeller, good for the wargamer. ~