German WW II 15cm sFH 18 and Horse Team

As I started with my Hobby, the best magazine to read and collect was the Military Modelling. It was for that time (1970's and 1980's)
the best magazine of its kind. It gave a lot of otherwise difficult to obtain information and sources for model kits and related stuff.
In one of these long gone magazines I saw a kit from Calder Craft. A completely tin manufactured ensemble of a German 15-cm
horse drawn Feldhaubitze. This is one of the models/diorama's that I always wanted to build. But I was at that time not able
to obtain the kit. Although it is not a model/diorama that fits into my main area of interest, it was still a diorama that I wanted
to build. I was sadenned to hear that Military Modelling stopped publishing. It was integrated into anothe fine magazine, Model
Military International. The box looked like this:

When you look at the pictures you can imagine the craftsmanship that it took to produce it. But this kit is no longer available.
I found some pictures of the real thing.


This picture shows the 8-span horse drawn Gun

The Models and Materials needed

So what now .... Let's see whats on the market today to produce a diorama of this kind.

Let's begin with the sFH 18. Trumpeter has a very fine model that can be used for this project. Although it's depicted with a Half-Track as a towing
means on the box, it's in fact almost the same artillery piece as is shown in the pics with the horses in front of this gun.

Background

 

Where to find information

Publications found on the 15 cm sFH 18

Deutsche schwere Feldhaubitzen 1939-1945 - Waffen-Arsenal Band 135 - Podzun Pallas Verlag - Joachim Engelmann

Schwere Artillerie im Einsatz - Waffen-Arsenal Sonderband S-77 - Podzun Pallas Verlag - Wolfgang Fleisher

Waffen Revue 40 - Schwendt Verlag

 

Building The Models

 

The Final Result