SimonT - Pig Models 1:1 88mm Pzgr.39 (APCBC) L/56

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Just don't stand in the window with that, the bomb squad will turn up and that will be it!
 

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Paint will bring them out soon enough :smiling3: How did you make them? Put it in a lathe?
 

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Thanks Steven

Jakko - hopefully they will look the part. I used my Olfa compass cutter but turned the blade upside down so that it was scribing with the thicker non blade end. Just a couple of light rotations then rub with scotch pad to remove burrs and blend the edges
 

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I'm glad to see you weren't too heavy handed making the machine marks on your case head. The Germans weren't desperate enough at that point in the war to speed up their production and were still putting a good finish to their war materials. If one compares the deep grooves in Steve's case of 1943 to the one I have, mfg. in 1936, there is a considerable difference in the quality of work. Looks to me Mr. T that you are about "spot on". Rick H.
 

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The grooves in the end look right Simon, I didn't realise they stamped so much on the end of a shell case, especially given that they weren't going to be used more than once, or were they re-filled?
 

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By the end of the war, Germany was recycling everything. Here’s a good example on the last page of a pamphlet about how to use the Panzerfaust 60 from October 1944:

Der Panzerfaust 60 m 4.jpg

The last paragraph translates as:
A request for your own benefit!
If possible, make sure spent tubes are returned. The home front needs them to send you a new Panzerfaust. Additionally, bounties are paid for their return.
Yes, they were paying money for the return of leftover bits from disposable weapons.
 

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I knew that in WW1 they brought shell casing back for reuse, but the front lines were fairly static, just shows even in a war of movement, recycling is done.
 

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I knew that in WW1 they brought shell casing back for reuse
In that case, another fun bit of trivia concerning reuse late in that war: German soldiers apparently developed a habit of chopping the heels off their boots, then requesting replacements (not sure if that would be whole boots or just the heels). You’re probably wondering why on earth they would do this … Well, because of wartime scarcity, new heels were severely rationed for civilians. Soldiers, on the other hand, were not rationed … so if dad back home in Saxony or Westphalia had worn out his shoes’ heels, son in the trenches would chop off his and mail them home :smiling3:
 

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I would say that WaffenAmt 112 is well represented. Fine job of that Mr. T.
 

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Rick / Steven - thanks. Not perfect but it will have to do. I did a few practice tests first but then you just have to go for it and hope the one that matters is ok
 

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Neil - no, didn’t miss it, I forgot to say!
The originals are stamped in so I bought a couple of sets of cheap Chinese made metal stamps off ebay. They are really bad quality and I doubt they would take more than one hit if used on metal but they worked on plastic and may even live to be used again in the future
Stamps only had upper case and numbers so the lower case A is actually a 0 and an inverted T

Scottie - ta
 
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