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M1 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Artillery
The most significant light antiaircraft gun of World War II was the 40mm gun made by Bofors, a Swedish manufacturer. The design was developed in Sweden during the 1930s and was adopted for American military use, first by the Navy in 1938 and by the Army in 1941. Production was initially small and most guns were delivered to the Navy, but by early 1943 the 40mm Bofors reached Army antiaircraft units in quantity. The 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Artillery fired a two pound projectile that exploded on contact. The ammunition was packed in clips of four rounds that fed via a chute on the top of the gun. The rapid-firing gun could operate up to 120 rounds per minute in bursts, faster than they could be fed by the crew. The gun was mounted on a four-wheel trailer -- similar to that of the M1A2 37mm antiaircraft gun -- that was towed behind a light truck at road speeds. The platform allowed the gun a 360 traverse and outriggers were provided to stabilize the platform for firing. The 40mm Bofors Antiaircraf gun crews had several methods to sight the weapon on a target. Each gun platoon (four guns) had an M5 Director, connected by cables to the guns and all fed by a common generator. In this configuration, the platoon could engage a single target simultaneously. However, in combat the crews preferred to use the Bofors speed-ring sights. The crew of each weapon had an azimuth and elevation tracker seated in bucket seats on each side of the weapon. The elevation tracker had a foot pedal to fire the gun when the sight picture was right. Each 40mm round had a tracer element to aid in correcting the lead when the first rounds missed. Later in the war, the M-5 Director was replaced by the M-7 Computing Sight ("Weissight"), an "on-carriage" aiming device mounted on the gun with tracking telescopes for the azimuth and elevation trackers. The M7 Computing Sight eliminated the need for a separate director section, its director, generator, cables, and centralized control. In early 1943 experience in the North African Theater showed that the 40mm guns had trouble keeping up with the units they supported. As soon as the AAA units got their M5 Directors emplaced and aligned, they were alerted to move. To correct this problem, the British "Stiff Key Stick," on-board fire control device for the Bofors developed by the British was adopted. Plaese Comment and Rate Enjoy
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I used these really nice decals for my figs, but i dont know who made them, if you know the maker please tell me right away so i can give some credit.



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  December 23, 2012
Very cool! Great details and accuracy :-)
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  September 22, 2011
This deserves way more views
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  May 12, 2011
I need to tell u the comic sneek peek is up. U need to see it. By the way u r the guy with the BAR and the black hair
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  May 7, 2011
This, I like. I like this very much.
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  April 29, 2011
Quoting Justus Nelson Gee, i hope you let me use some things... i like it a lot. a lot lot. i love it. very cool.
Sure feel free to take anything you want as long as you give me credit ;)-Paulo R.
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  April 27, 2011
Gee, i hope you let me use some things... i like it a lot. a lot lot. i love it. very cool.
  March 14, 2011
Awesome detail mate best AA gun I've seen.
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  March 8, 2011
I use those decals for my ww2 marines
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  December 17, 2010
This is very cool. I have yet to see a decent Bofors that isn't on a quad mount. Keep up the good work. -Flak
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  December 17, 2010
This is very cool. I have yet to see a decent Bofors that isn't on a quad mount. Keep up the good work. -Flak
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  December 17, 2010
I like it! Nice detail on the gun, and I love how you made the shells!!! =)
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  December 16, 2010
Quoting Justin L. Nice job. The place where the gunners go is really cool! Well I'm making a WWII Sig-Fig, but I don't know much about WWII, so can you give me some advice? Right now it's Dino Attack torso with grey arms, grey legs, and an airplane pilot's cap.
Sure id love to help out, if you have a old lego star wars lite tan torso, i recomend you take it, put some yellow hands on it, lite gray pants or if you have them lite tan legs, as for the head just pick a cool one, and if you want to give it a little kick and spend some money then you could buy a brickarms M1 pot helment, this should get you started for your figs, but if you could give me your email i could help out with any doubts, or send a email at studcityfire@gmail.com, hope to hear from you soon-Paulo R.
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  December 16, 2010
Nice job. The place where the gunners go is really cool! Well I'm making a WWII Sig-Fig, but I don't know much about WWII, so can you give me some advice? Right now it's Dino Attack torso with grey arms, grey legs, and an airplane pilot's cap.
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  December 16, 2010
So realistic!
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  December 16, 2010
Now there's a beauty! Love all about this cannon!
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  December 16, 2010
Great work. I like the history lesson too!
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  December 16, 2010
Nice one!
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  December 15, 2010
Great moc! Really like all of the detail.
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  December 15, 2010
Quoting Matt Gutierrez Nice Job! Just wondering, how did you get the hubcaps on the tires?
Well they just fit right on, but i used the older lego weels so the point of the technic piece thats holding it fits right onto the little pice, hope this helps.-Paulo R.
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  December 15, 2010
Nice Job! Just wondering, how did you get the hubcaps on the tires?
 
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