At the behest of @HeavyArty, I’ve moved this build. from the “What did you do in your hobby workshop” thread to here.
I’ve been waiting decades for a 1/35 Pershing I or Pershing II kit.
I’ve probably been outbid a half a dozen times on the odd ball 1/32 Martin Marietta Pershing 1A kit. If my wife knew how many times I’ve bid north of $1K on an “eBay model” she’d probably slash my throat with a number 11 blade while I slept.
When I Kit announced the this kit in late 2021 I religiously checked every vendor on every continent every day for the kit to be in stock.
I discovered the instructions last spring:
Last last summer I got one kit from Germany and another from New Hampshire.
I want to build one EL (erector launcher) in launch/ready to fire position, with the missle erected, and eventually another in the transport position on the EL.
Edited to add: I discovered the above photo is the Pershing II MGM-31D RR (reduced range/single stage) missile that was developed for use by Germany. As a result of the INF treaty, they were never deployed.
The above EL is identical to that MGM-131C Pershing II missile, that was originally the EL for the Pershing 1B upgraded by Martin Marietta for the Pershing II.
Because is the increased weight of the Pershing 2C and the upgraded EL, the tractor for pulling the EL was changed from the M656 that towed the Pershing 1A, to the M983 HEMTT for US units and the MAN M1001 for units deployed to Europe.
Here are the reference materials I could find:
The Technical History books have lots of information on all the Cold War systems, everything from the Corporal, Sargent, Little John, Honest John, Davey Crocket and Lacrosse systems to 280mm, 8 inch and 155mm nuclear artillery rounds but not as many photos as I’d like….
The TM reprints had most of what I was interested in….
Anyhow, I started with the basic assembly of the EL frame on a piece of tile so I was sure it was square and true.