Toxso Model

M114A1 155mm Howitzer

Preview by - Al Magnus

Brief History

The M114 traces its origins to the 155mm M1 howitzer first produced in 1942. It saw service with the US Army during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, before being replaced by the M198 howitzer. The gun was used by the armed forces of numerous nations, where it still remains in service in some countries.

The carriage went through a variety of minor changes over time. The original M1 carriage utilized electric brakes, which were upgraded to air brakes for the M1A1 carriage. All the carriages used a mid-axle firing pedestal. On the M1 and M1A1 carriage the pedestal was extended by a vertical gear ratchet mechanism with a rectangular box rack plunger. The M1A2 carriage replaced the ratchet with a screw-jack system and used a cylindrical rack plunger. Later the M1A1 was re-designated the M114A1. In the mid-1970s the M114A2 introduced a new barrel.

The Kit

Inside the box are two sprues of injected styrene like plastic, molded in a light olive green colour. Total parts count is 98 (Sprue A = 58, Sprue B = 40). There is a modicum of flash. Most parts show a fine seam line. Ejector pin marks look to be in places where they will be hidden once the gun is assembled. Instructions are a six page foldout covering 10 steps. No decals are included.

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Article Last Updated: 10 February 2015