The M2A1 howitzer was first produced in 1941 for the US Army and was used on all fronts during world war II as a light howitzer. It became a successful export product and has been used by over 50 countries for decades. The Canadian army still uses this howitzer although it has of course been modernised with new parts.
The M5 AT gun, a 76,2 mm AT gun mounted on the same carriage as the M2A1 howitzer, was not such a successful product.Developed and 2500 pieces build during WWII it was already being phased out of service during that war as the armor penetration capacity of the shells the gun fired was a bit to weak and it offered the crew too little protection against machine gun fire and HE shells from tanks. The US army opted for tank destroyers like the M10 Wolverine, M18 Hellcat and M36 Jackson instead since they could move and gave the crew better protection. The gun was towed by M3 halftracks, a version of this halftrack with the gun actually mounted on the vehicle also existed. Ace's model features the early type of gun shield. Later in the war this shield was changed to larger ony offering a bit better protection for the gun crews.
I build the M5 AT gun. Instructions give you three painting options, all olive drab with no decals so there are all the same. To add a bit more color to the gun I weathered it with chalk to simulate snow. On to the photo's (The last few pictures are of the gun towed by a GMC truck to give an impression of the size of the gun, others are the gun with the British 17-pdr AT gun):