Friday, 6 January 2017

From SteveM: T27 Xylophone Rocket Launcher Battery (42 Points)

Scale : 15mm (1/100)
Mfg : Battlefront Miniatures
Product : ubx39
Material : Metal and Resin

Paints: automotive primer, Vallejo Model Color, Winsor &Newton Oil, AK enamel washes, AMMO paint, AMMO pigments, gloss varnish, matt vanish
Details: 2 trucks and 15 infantry

When the United States entered the Second World War in 1941, the US armed forces were lacking any form of rocket in their arsenal. Designers came up with relatively simple but effective Rocket, HE, 4.5-in, M8.  The rocket used only fins for stabilization meant they were inaccurate. This required a launcher to be developed which was the T27 Xylophone shown below.


Woah, I have never even heard of the US deploying rocket trucks in WWII before, let alone seen them in mini form. Trust Battlefront to do a mini though, particularly for obscure artillery. 
Really nice paintjob on these - WWII US can sometimes come across as drab particularly in smaller scales, but your use of markings and weathering of the trucks really litfs them 
Did they see much use? Were they effective over other artillery?  
Two vehicles and fifteen crew is worth a fine 42 points



  1. Really interesting piece, good job

  2. Very well done and based. Interesting model - nice to be able to reach out and touch someone!

  3. Wow - had never even heard of these. As Phil said, count on Battlefront to represent this kind of obscure unit. Excellent brushwork, well done.

  4. Add me to the unknown, nice work on the battery


  5. I also was unaware of this. Totally kooky and bonkers. I love it but being so rare I would never put it on the table. But tremendously well painted I am toying with the idea of a purchase just for fun. And that is all thanks to how well it is painted.

  6. Nice work on the us trucks and infantrymen, might inspire me to finish my US Fow army.

  7. Fascinating subject- I would have assumed they were Soviet at a glance!

  8. Those turned out nice. Really neat looking.

  9. Great looking battery, nice details on the crew. Accuracy, smackeracy closeness only counts in slow dancing.

  10. Never heard of these either! Very cool, and nice job on the painting to boot!

  11. Really good. Flames of Version 4 should be good. cheers