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Heavy Anti-Aircraft Artillery Platoon (UBX20) Assembling the 90mm M1 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gun
with Colour Guide

Development of the M1 90mm Anti-aircraft gun begun in 1938 and was intended to replace the aging 3” gun currently in service. The larger calibre would enable the gun to target aircraft that were now flying faster and higher than ever.

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The Contents

Firstly, let's take a look at the contents of the Heavy Anti-Aircraft Artillery Platoon box set; contact the Customer Service team at [email protected] if you have any issues with any of the components.
The box contents

Assembling the Gun Base and Gun Crew Platform

Begin by attaching the "Y" Shaped Leg to the Gun Base Plate as shown in the photo to the right.

The numbers represent which component is used; see the components diagram above for more details.

Attach the "Y" shaped leg to the base plate
Attach the rest of the legs to the base plate Next, attach the straight Base Plate Legs to the Gun Base Plate.
Once the Base Plate Legs are attached, its time attached the Gun Crew Platform. Glue on half of the Gun Crew Platform...
...then the other. This is best done by securing each of the Gun Crew Platforms one at a time.

Tip: Be sure to orientate each platform as shown in the photos.

Assembling the Gun Mount and Gun Barrel

Next up is the Gun Mount; this is made up of two halves.

The two halves of the Gun Mount
The holes to mount the Gun Barrel Each half of the Gun Mount has a small hole to help secure the Gun Barrel.
In turn, the Gun Barrel has a small lug to match. The lug on the Gun Barrel
Glue the Gun Barrel to one half of the Gun Mount Glue the Gun Barrel to one half of the Gun Mount at the desired angle.
Once the Gun Barrel is secured at the desired angle, attach the second half of the Gun Mount. Glue the other half of the Gun Mount to the Gun Barrel
The Gun Mount and Barrel become one with the Gun Platform The Gun Mount and Gun Barrel are now ready to be mounted to the Gun Platform.

Adding the Gun Crew

The Seated Gun Crew attach to the side of the Gun Mounts next to the gun traverse wheels.

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The Seated Crew member next to the traverse wheels
A close up of how the Seat Crew Member attaches to the Gun Mount Under the traverse wheel there is a small notch to which each crew member attaches.
Adding the Gun Travel Lock

The Gun Travel Lock attaches to the "Y" Shaped Leg of the Gun Platform.
The Gun Travel Lock attaches to the "Y" shaped Leg
Glue the Gun Travel Lock at the desired angle Attach the Gun Travel Lock at the desired angle.
Assembling the Gun Limber

Attach the Gun Limber Wheels to each side of the Limber Mount.

Glue the Gun Limber Wheels to the Gun Limber Mount
Glue the Gun Limber Wheels to the Gun Limber Mount Ensure the Gun Limber Wheels are attached at the correct angle (following the raised ridge just behind the hole in each wheel) to the Limber Mount.

Editor's Note: Be sure to use a good quality Hobby Glue such as the GF9 Hobby Glue rather than Blue-Tak used in these examples).

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Attach the second wheel to complete the assembly of the Gun Limber.
The completed Limber
The completed Limber With the Gun Limber now complete and the Seated Crew added to the gun, the model is now fully assembled and ready to paint.

Colour Guide

Once the guns and limbers are assembled, it is time to start thinking about painting and what colours to use.

An example of the 90mm M1 Heavy Anti-aircraft gun can be seen to the right, as featured in Dogs and Devils.

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A painted example of a 90mm M1 Heavy AA gun
Colour Guide for the 90mm M1 Heavy AA Gun
The colour guide for the 90mm M1 AA gun

Last Updated On Monday, July 12, 2010 by Chris at Battlefront