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Airfix wwii german SMG - solved?

Posted by Jesse on 07 Jul 2020, 20:04

My number one mystery in the 1/72 plastic soldier world, the SMG-gunner in Airfix German infantry set, firing from the hip, what weapon it is. I have asked about this before, and got a few good suggestions. Don't remember if I got this one: Volksturmgewehr with a front grip. Is is that weapon??? Is the mystery solved???
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Posted by Jesse on 07 Jul 2020, 20:05

The fig has a straight magazine, the Volksturmgewehr a bit curved, but close enough? :)
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Posted by mickey mouse on 07 Jul 2020, 20:24

Hello Jesse,
The weapon you rever to, should be a mp 40. Airfix made it wrong, as it never ecxisted.
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Posted by Jesse on 07 Jul 2020, 22:43

Yes I know it SHOULD be a mp40. But it is so different looking that either the sculptor just made something up or was inpired by some other weapon. Hence the mystery :)
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Posted by mickey mouse on 07 Jul 2020, 23:29

I think he messed up, or it was a matter of easy casting, is my guess.
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Posted by zulu`s 1000`s of em on 08 Jul 2020, 21:37

There are lots of unanswered questions about Airfix figures, my burning question has been why were so many US marines made without weapons in the first issue set ? the ones that had weapons were not much more than blobs of plastic. The second issue set were are superb,but not without faults.
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Posted by zirrian on 10 Jul 2020, 06:50

My no. 1 question to them would be why did they hate the BAR so much? Not a single one of them in any of their US sets. The marines got a .30cal LMG without a loader and that's it.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 10 Jul 2020, 22:54

Hard to sculpt in a way that made it look different from an ordinary rifle perhaps?
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Posted by Zed1 on 12 Jul 2020, 12:49

The weapon looks slightly like an Italian Beretta 38 submachine gun with an additional handle. https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/bere ... mm-review/

At least a possibility, although I don't think German troops have regularly used that weapon...
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