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Ammo Belts 12.7mm (635006 1:35 & 648341 1:48)

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Ammo Belts 12.7mm (635006 1:35 & 648341 1:48)

1:35, 1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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Better known as 50cal, or .50-BMG these belts of ammo have been used with Browning M2 machine guns on everything from half-tracks, Shermans, to B-24 waist gunners and many other aircraft either in turrets or in the wings feeding their armament.  The same basic shell is still in use with modern armies, although it fell out of usage in aviation once the cannon and missile came into preference.  There are many different types of cartridge, but it is often used in belts, which are held together with individual links that are discarded during the firing process, as is the brass casing.

 

As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.  Each box contains four belts of link of roughly the same length, but with the difference in scale you get more bullets in the smaller 1:48 scale.  Each belt it attached lightly to a casting block by the rear, which can be sanded square once removed, making clean-up a simple task.  The instructions show the shells painted with copper tips (a.k.a. the bullet), dark iron for the link, and gold for the shell casing.  Brass would probably be more accurate, and check your references for the type of rounds typically loaded into belts in the circumstances you are depicting, as tracers, incendiaries and armour piercing round often have different coloured tips, as can be seen in the list on the Wikipedia page for the .50cal BMG cartridge page here.  Detail is good, and improves with the larger scale but take care with the ends of the belts, as the fine bullet tips are very easy to bend or snap off.

 

1:35 (635006)

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1:48(648341)

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