Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This Tootsie Toy cannon is probably 50 years old.
It got it off eBay, in terrible condition. It's supposed to be a US Army Long Tom, 155mm howitzer.
The US Army used them in the Coast Artillery and the Field Artillery.
Field Artillery towed them with trucks and the Coast Artillery with Caterpillar tractors.
I stripped off the paint, repaired it and replaced the wheels.
After years of testing these guns finally entered service in 1938.
In my alternate War of the Worlds based on Orson Wells radio show, the Martians invade in October of 1938.
That makes this one of the first of these gun into service and one of the first to fire in anger. I use the Roco versions for World War Two.