By Harvey Goranson
In 1957 Dinky Toys issued No. 697, the 25-pounder field gun set, consisting of a field artillery tractor (FAT), a munitions trailer, and the 25-pounder field gun. Dinky also released the pieces separately (686 gun, 687 trailer, 688 FAT). Here’s mine:
Imagine my surprise when I spotted this at the Secret City Festival’s WW2 display/re-enactment in Oak Ridge, TN USA:
Production of the Morris Commercial C8 FAT, known as the “Quad”, began in October 1939 and continued until war’s end. It had 4-wheel drive and was designed from the outset to tow the limber and gun, or two limbers.
If the Dinky had an interior, this is what it would look like. The Quad could carry a six-person gun crew, plus two dozen rounds of 25-pounder ammo.
The ring on top of the limber is a traversing ring to enable the field gun to be rotated 360 degrees. Dinky left this detail off.
Here’s the gun itself, and as evidence they got the correct artillery piece, see the detail below:
“Saddle. 25 Pr.”
From what I can tell, I think both the Dinky and the real thing are the Quad Mk. II version (1940-41).
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