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repaint12 Jun 2017 4:46 p.m. PST


I am on the hunt for a 120mm mortar, preferably american. Is there such a thing out there?

thank you

28mm Fanatik12 Jun 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

That is weird. There seems to be German and Russian 120mm heavy mortars in 28mm, but sadly the American mortars only come in 60mm and 81mm for whatever reason.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2017 5:23 p.m. PST

I don't believe the US had a 120mm mortar during WWII. I've done a cursory search for 4.2" mortars and found zip.


Battle Phlox12 Jun 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

Have you tried looking up US Chemical Mortars? That's what they were called.

Borderguy19012 Jun 2017 8:40 p.m. PST

No U.S. 120mm in WW2.

I found this:

No crew though. A really big weapon for skirmish scale gaming IMO.

repaint12 Jun 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

I am looking for something Cold War actually. But it is close enough to WW2 for the period I am interested in (Indochina).

Nice find BG190, not sure it is exactly what I am after but it is a start.

I was thinking of using a 1/35 scale 81mm US mortar and work from there.

28mm Fanatik12 Jun 2017 9:05 p.m. PST

I don't believe the US had a 120mm mortar during WWII. I've done a cursory search for 4.2" mortars and found zip.

According to Wikipedia, the largest caliber mortar used by the US during WWII was the 107mm (4.2") M2:


They were used in Chemical Mortar Battalions. Later replaced by the M30 during the Cold War beginning in 1951.

Here's a list of mortars by caliber in ascending order with time period and nationality:


repaint12 Jun 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

…or I could use a Russian – German one and modify the base.

GROSSMAN12 Jun 2017 9:28 p.m. PST

Make one out of a small cocktail straw.

jdginaz13 Jun 2017 1:48 a.m. PST

Still using the 4.2" during Vietnam, no 120mm.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2017 1:16 p.m. PST

The Viet Minh and Viet Cong would use the Soviet 120mm.

The French had the Brandt modele 1951, which had a wheeled carriage, and probably some pre-WWII modele 1935s as well.

The US didn't have a 120mm mortar in Vietnam.

The ARVN didn't either.

I have no idea what other SEATO forces had.


repaint14 Jun 2017 9:53 p.m. PST

That's a model for the French that I am after. I might just end up buying a german one and modify the base as I said.

It should not be all that difficult to approximate a modele 1951. I think the wheels can be removed.

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