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Old 07-21-2005, 12:25 PM   #1
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Looking for info on US 75mm Pack Howitzer

I've googled up the obvious links and have some good basic illustration, and I've ordered a manual reprint but have no idea when that will show. Does anyone have access to one they could measure, or pics they could share? I've wanted to scratch build one for a long time as I think it is a significant weapon which saw action in every campaign, in every theatre, with every army with almost every type of unit throughout the entire war.

Well, I actually think its a cool piece and my old unit had won a presidential commendation in WW2 using them. (I wasn't there.)
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:09 PM   #2
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Try this place:

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Old 07-21-2005, 05:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link Bob, hadn't been there before.
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Old 07-21-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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Great link!
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:04 PM   #5
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Just got the field manual reprint. This is going to be a major help. It cost $15 for a photcopy, and although the quality could be better It will do. Back before the turn of the century, when I was in the army I remember then throwing out a huge stack of outdated manuals. Arrgh.

Really, if you are going to do anything with US gear the tech manuals are a goldmine.
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:32 PM   #6
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This is a great subject to build! I've wanted to make one for quite some time but it never seems to get to the top of the heap. Even though it's small, there's alot of "stuff" in and on these things. Still haven't gotten decent measurements or drawings, if you stumble on any or a source please let me know. Look forward to seeing this take shape so keep us posted!
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:40 PM   #7
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This is near the top of my heavy weapons "want list". It was used my US Paras, US Marines, Brit Paras and perhaps other units service in difficult terrain: Italy, CBI, etc.
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Old 07-27-2005, 05:12 PM   #8
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Well, I wish someone out there could take a few actual measurements so I could check my math. Taking the illustrations from the manual I enlarged them in this manner. Knowing that the bore is 1:1 75mm and 1:6 12.5mm, I enlarged the manual drawing to that measure. Next I enlarge the breach bkock to fit over the end of the tube, then the Cradle assembly to hold the tube assembly then Equilibrator to attach to the cradle, then enlarge the front trail to attach to the Equilibrator and the rear trail to match the front trail. Cut out all the pieces (paper and lay them together, and the entire layout measures 1'11'1/2". The description says the length is 12 feet, but does that include the tow hook in the extended position? If so my layout is close enough.

TO make a'perfect' scale model, you would need blueprints. I think with what I am doing I will get an acceptable model, usable in dioramas. I'll try to keep my patterns orderly and take notes as I asssemble this, so that you all can give it a try.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:37 PM   #9
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75mm PAK Howitzer

I have a crap pile of pics I took of the salute gun that we have at the Hungry-Lizard. I can e-mail the pics to you if, you want. PLMK.

macliggett1 at hotmail dot com

I uploaded all 36 pics to my JoeWorld gallery (under Mac). Here are a couple of shots:







Those are all of the data points I could find on the gun.
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:05 PM   #10
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Mac

Great pictures! Exactly what I needed! My first plans turned out to be 20% too big so i will have to scale them down. I started on the trail, but that will have to be scrapped, chalk it up to experience. Thanks a lot for taking the time and care to get such a thourogh walk around.


Hey, I got a PA 251 too! Nice work.

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Old 08-16-2005, 04:08 PM   #11
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75mm PAK How. info.

Randall, no problem. I had taken these shots a couple of years ago for a guy who was doing the same thing. I haven't heard anything from him since. I have access to this gun, as needed so, PLMK if there are any other particular shots you may need. Just keep me in mind when you make the guns I want one too.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:30 PM   #12
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Scans of Plans

Guys

I have scanned my plans and scale parts. I think I will try to make it out of cardboard until I have the hang of it. My biggest problem is cutting 1/2" holes. Feel free to give it a try.
Front trail Note 1 inch scale mark

Rear trail

Gun cradle sleigh

Equilator axle

Breech and block

Gun Plan


Trail Plan


Its kind of minimal but it can work. Refer to MacLigget's excellent phot walk around for details.
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