So with these pieces. Intended as 57mm Anti-tank guns, they look sort of OK, but the trouble was that [a] I made the gun shield too large, and [b] set the whole gun too far back on the axle. After much humming and hahring, and indrawn breath through the teeth, I find I can't live with them as 57mm anti-tank guns. Aty the same time, the construction is such that modification (disassembly and reassembly) is not really an option.
What to do then? Of course they don't look bad enough, as guns, for me to dismantle them; and indeed they look none too dissimilar to later model 76.2mm field/anti-tank weapons. And so they'll become. Incidentally, the gun barrels on these are lengths of wooden rod (dowel) obtained from the local modelling shop. The 57mm AT guns will be a project for another day, destined (of course) for the 1st Guards Mechanised Brigade.
Why 'Guards'? Well, my 1st Mech Bde wargames formation has been in existence some 20+ years now, and, with one unfortunate exception, has never lost a battle. In a Command Decision competition back in '93, its seven T34/76s and 'Experienced' infantry took on 'veterans' and even 'elites'; King Tigers, Panthers, Comets and Challengers, and fought them all to a standstill (3 draws out of 3). Only one such opponent had as few as my 7 tanks, and 3 of those were King Tigers. I was very proud of my Brigade's performance that weekend. A small tactical error on my part robbed them of victory over the elite guys, too.
They deserve their 'Guards' appellation!