Assembling the M109 Self-propelled Howitzer

M109 Self-propelled Gun 

Assembling The M109 Self-propelled Howitzer

The M109 Self-propelled Howitzer is one of the most widely used artillery pieces in Team Yankee, fielded by the US, British, West Germans, Canadians and Dutch.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to build your models.


Step 1. Begin assembly of the M109 by attaching the tracks. Remember, for resin and metal models, the best glue to use is cyanoacrylate 'super glue'.
Tip: Ensure that the toothed drive sprocket is towards the front of the vehicle. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.
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Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Team Yankee miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Step 2. Next, attach the recoil spades to the back of the resin hull of the M109. Below: The left-hand side recoil spade in place. Below: Both recoil spades correctly attached to the rear of the M109.
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Step 3. Attach the 155mm gun to the turret. The recess is designed to allow you to use rare earth magnets to make the gun removable, but as there is only one gun option for the M109 in Team Yankee, you will probably prefer to simply glue it in place.

Depending on the Nation using the M109 there are two different lengths of 155mm gun, a long version (step 3b) and a short version (step 3c)

Step 3a. Mounting point for the gun (and magnet) below Step 3b. The M109 with long 155mm gun Step 3c. The M109 with short 155mm gun
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Step 4. Next, attach the commander's hatch to the top of the turret. Step 5. Attach the machine-gun to the mounting arm on the commander's hatch. Depending on the chosen nationality you may have a .50cal AAMG or 7.62mm AAMG.
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Below: A US M109 with long 155mm gun and .50cal machine gun ready for painting. Below: A West German M109 with short 155mm gun and 7.62mm machine gun ready for painting.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets
Alternatively, you may choose to glue rare earth magnets into the recess in the hull and to the bottom of the turret. Magnets are a quick and secure way of fixing your turrets to the hulls, rather than just relying on gravity.

Rare Earth Magnets (XX105) are available through the online store here...

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