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Viking posted a topic in Aftermarket (updates/conversions)WW1 German Engine & Ammo sets. 1:32 Taurus Models Taurus Models produce a number of resin sets for the WW.1 modeller, ranging from complete engines in both 1/48th and 1/32nd, to individual engine components and guns. Britmodeller has received three sets for review, two for the Mercedes D.III engines and one to enhance the Observers guns on German two seaters.The castings are all very fine, free of air bubbles or any blemishes, and look to be of excellent quality. Most of the pictures here are larger than life size so I have included a UK penny to give some indication of scale. Set 3205. Ammunition 7.92 This set consists of a loaded ammo belt, an empty ammo belt, individual bullets, and spent shells. It is a great idea, the empty belt can be placed hanging off a Parabellum or similar to depict a gun that has been in action. Scatter a few of the spent shells on the floor to complete the representation. The loaded belt can of course be wound around an ammo drum, or be used in numerous ways in a diorama. The instructions note that warming in hot water will allow you to shape the belts, and it's nice to see that a painting guide is included.All three parts; The empty belt The loaded belt Empty bullet cases (back), complete bullets (front) I accidentally knocked 1 bullet off (they really are tiny) Set 3207a. Valves, Lifters, and Timing Gear for Mercedes D.III. (easy to paint) There are four casting blocks with camshaft, rocker covers, lifters, and valve springs. The camshaft, rocker covers, and lifters will directly replace the 'all in one' kit part, and you will need to cut off the valve springs from the kits cylinder heads, which should be a simple task. All these parts are so small and delicate that if the carpet monster gets hold of any you will be lucky to see them again. The D.III being a six cylinder engine means that you will need twelve lifters and twelve valve springs, so it is pleasing to note that there are fourteen of each. Assembly looks simple enough, although fine tweezers and a magnifying device will be needed. The camshaft; Rocker covers; Valves/springs; Lifting arms; Set 3207b. Valves, Lifters, and Timing Gear for Mercedes D.III. (easy to assemble) Very similar to the above set, the difference is that the camshaft and rocker covers come as a single piece, thus simplifying construction. The lifters and valve springs are the same castings as above, and the same comments apply. Conclusion The ammunition set is a lovely little enhancement for the Wingnuts German two seaters, and will provide that final touch of 'lived in' realism to your model.The shells will probably best be painted in the resin block, and then nipped off and stuck down on the interior floor with varnish or Johnson's Kleer. The Mercedes DIII was very widely used, so the engine sets are applicable to several German aircraft in the Wingnuts range. On almost all of them the most visible part is the camshaft and valves on top of the engine, as this area was hardly ever cowled over. Thus it is an excellent choice by Taurus offer parts to sharpen up this exposed detail. The Wingnuts DIII engine as it comes from the box is very nice, so I didn't think I would ever be looking at parts to improve it. But either of these engine sets will enhance your DIII, and I'm looking forward to using them on my next Fokker D.VII build. If you like to add extras and improvements, you will certainly want to get a set of these. (In fact I notice that Taurus also do a set of 1/32 spark plugs, which will be a great help for those of us who like to add ignition wiring, as the plugs are not moulded on the kit engines). Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of