|One of the biggest
issues I have with the plastic machineguns included in
our tank kits is the difficulty in removing them from
their sprues without damaging their delicate barrels.
Almost impossible to do, especially if the piece is
actually molded close to scale, because the barrels are
then quite thin and brittle. Thus the need for this here
accessory from Schatton Modellbau. A single gun barrel in
turned brass, with the end even drilled open. I would
love to replace all of my kit gun barrels with this brass
example, but that may end up being cost prohibitive...
Regarding its scale: finding
references for this gun has proven difficult, but I found
some scale plans for the Sherman tank that included the
machinegun. Based on those, it looks like this piece may
be about 1.5mm too long, measured between the lines shown
below. However, when compared with the barrel lengths on
the plastic guns that come with our kits, there is a
great variety of lengths, and this piece lays squarely in
the middle of the bunch, so I think it will be perfectly
compatible with most of our kit guns.
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