I bought AFV Club’s M59 kit in late 1994 and now at long last started building it. As always, the net shows lots of details that can/must be corrected or added, and among them is the “Lifting Sling” at the front of the M5 Limber Lift Bracket. Although I have the gun’s TM, I just can’t find an illustration that shows just where exactly this wire rope is attached to the bracket: I have a notion that there’s a hollow in the bracket’s front, while in one photo it seems like the rope is being held by the bolt that also holds the “Eye Bolt”, - I just can’t make out for sure.
So, please help!
THANK YOU, Henri Pierre!
It’s always amazing what you find in the depths of the web, where other people seem to be blind …
You’re welcome Peter In fact I didn’t dig that deep to find these …
And here’s the next question:
AFV Club molded the lunette (the towing eye) on an axle with square cross section; as a non-expert, I had expected that to be able to rotate in its bearing - think potholes. Or was the play in the towing hook considered sufficient?
The lunette eye should be a torus, not a cylindrical ring.
The lunette eye is a torus alright, but the shaft that it’s attached to runs through a “box” that forms the apex of the drawbar, and it is held in there by a hexhead nut at its other end. And the stretch inside the box has a square cross section so the lunette can’t rotate - not on the prototype, either?
OK, this is the M2 limber:
It looks like the stem is two diameters with flats machined on the larger diameter to prevent spinning.
On the M5 limber the lunette was similar in principle but used keys (probably Woodruff) to prevent rotation.
The kit simplified things by using a square shaft. No issue unless you are planning to show it disassembled.
The lunette being a torus will allow a certain amount of revolution between it and the pintle (hook) depending on the amount of difference between the cross sectional shape/ size of the hook and the minimum interior diameter of the lunette ( torus ) , said rotation being about the axis of the shaft holding the lunette to the drawbar / tongue. In other words the lunette rotates with the limber ( fixed to it ) .
Imagine a donut (the lunette) and you insert a shaft
( the vertical element of the pintle hook ) through the hole in the donut. If the shaft is the diameter of a pencil it will allow a greater amount of movement between it and the donut than if the shaft were the diameter of a broomstick.
That being said , the illustration supplied above looks like there is some rotation between the lunette and the limber .
In short: No changes of the kit parts needed.
Thank you both very much, your answers spare me some work.