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Old 06 May 12, 01:23
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Renwal kits

anybody old enough to remember these? great kits!! their blueprinter kits were pretty cool. whatever happend to this co.?
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anybody old enough to remember these? great kits!! their blueprinter kits were pretty cool. whatever happend to this co.?
Don't know what happened to them Terry. Their claim to fame was that they were designed using actual U.S. Army Blueprints. They were 1/32 scale and I actually built that Atomic Cannon kit, cool kit as I remember. - Here is some Renwal box art I am currently featuring on my site....










Notice how the Kit # is a part of the vehicle I.D. numbers on each kit ... Cool!
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that's when it was craftsmanship
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Of course I dont remember any of those kits as they were waaaaayyyyy before my time.
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poked around the web a bit and was surprised by the extensive line up of kits they had!! the ones that are left are commanding some big bucks!!
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well dave you can still get the original atomic cannon kit online for a cool 925.00!!!!
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well dave you can still get the original atomic cannon kit online for a cool 925.00!!!!
DAMN!!!! Wish I had never freakin' opened mine now!
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They re-released the atomic cannon a little while back. I think you can still get it. Revell released it in 1:32 October 2011
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really? i would like to see one of those built up..see what it looks like
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As a very young schoolboy, I do remember building a "SKYSWEEPER" 75mm Anti-Aircraft gun- and wondering what an "ONTOS" was.

In the U.K. I think that they were marketed under the FROG banner.
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Ontos was a USMC tracked vehicle with six 106mm recoiless rifless mounted on it. Charlie wasn't very fond of it.
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when i was a wee lad i got the Renwal sub with the clear hull side..only one i remember building..great kit for a young persons imagination.
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Ontos was a USMC tracked vehicle with six 106mm recoiless rifless mounted on it. Charlie wasn't very fond of it.
Yes, I know now: it must have had one helluva back-blast signature when all six rifles were fired.
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Yes, I know now: it must have had one helluva back-blast signature when all six rifles were fired.
They were set up to fire one at a time which allowed for firing rapidly all six guns before having to reload them.

Like all recoiless, you don't want to be behind one. They kick up a lot of dirt and anything else loose.

The VC non fondness of this cobbled together system is because they were loaded with beehive rounds which was very deadly for troops caught in the open or under jungle cover.

The M-42 Duster is available from Tamya. Haven't put it together yet.

The M-109 Howitzer Vietnam version, Italeri. There is also a later version that comes with multiple barrels.

Academy has the Ontos in 1/35

Revell has re released the atomic cannon in 1/32. Interesting to note that it's atomic round was not as effective as one that would have been dropped from an aircraft as an air burst. It's large size made transporting it about as practicable as the Dora was for the Germans. Probably why it was replaced with the Honest John portable ground to ground missile concept which used a single truck transport and launcher and could also carry a nuclear warhead. I saw one fired in 66 from that launcher with a conventional warhead in Ft Lewis. They fired it low so that it would hit less then a mile downrange. It used a short burn on that demo shot.
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I remember building 'The Visible Man'; 'The Visible Woman'; 'The Visible Horse'; and 'The Visible Dog' during the 1960's. IIRC they were all Renwal kits.
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