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StG44 Assault Rifle (635013) 1:35

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StG44 Assault Rifle (635013)

1:35 Eduard Brassin

 

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The StG44, which is an abbreviation of Sturmgewehr 1944, or Assault Rifle was a late war development by Nazi Germany to give their retreating soldiers a force multiplier and get more lead downrange than their enemy.  It was highly successful in that task, although like most new designs it had a few hang-ups that were never completely eradicated.  It was cheap due to the stamped nature of the shell and Bakelite trimmings, but the manufacturers just couldn't provide enough of them to make a significant difference to the outcome of WWII.  Just three years after the war finished, the Russians debuted their AK-47 that bears more than a passing familial resemblance to the first true assault rifle.  Coincidence?  More than likely not.  We're looking at you, Mikhail Kalashnikov.

 

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Unusually for an Eduard resin set it arrives in a flat resealable package, with a backing card protecting the contents and the instructions sandwiched between.  Inside are eight resin '44s, and an additional casting block with four spare magazines, plus a pre-printed steel fret with the sling parts in reddish leather.  The guns have attachment points along the lower edges of the stock, grip, mag and another at the end of the barrel that is removed by a vertical cut to expose the end of the barrel.

 

The instructions give painting tips, as well as showing how the three-section sling should be attached to the gun with a double-layer at the front sling-point, and a pass-through at the rear, with the opposite side having the remainder of the sling depicted with a separate part with etched-in buckle.  As the slings are steel, they're thinner and will drape better over whatever they are applied to, which is a big plus over traditional brass PE.

 

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