Tired of fussing with the ever present mold line on the kit machinegun barrel? Ever have difficulty drilling out the end of that tiny barrel? Have I got a deal for you.......... JB Model.eu is offering two MG34 tank version barrels for $0.88USD. That’s 88 cents! Under a dollar!
Of course these barrels are tiny. Roughly 3/8” long but they are beautifully turned brass and they come two (2) pieces in a package.
Based on photos I have seen the barrels look a bit short and I couldn‘t find any measurement for the length of the actual barrel. (see photo section of the Panther Kuglebende).
I was curious if the brass piece was for a specific armor vehicle or if it was met to be added on to a portion of the plastic kit piece as there is no written instruction included. I emailed JB Models but I’m afraid the language barrier made it impossible for me to convey my question in an understandable fashion.
Nonetheless, even if I have to add a short length of brass tube or plastic rod to this barrel I feel the added detail and inexpensive price make it well worth it
Reading the product description “Tank version of MG34” I wrote the review under the assumption that the turned brass gun barrels were to be used as stated “Tank version of the MG34”.
When I received the pieces, I thought they looked too short compared to the MG34 barrels I had seen in photos of the ‘Kuglebende’ machine gun placement on Panthers, Tigers and PZ series German tanks.
I erroneously proceeded under the assumption that perhaps they were meant to be added onto a portion of the kit piece.
Subsequently I find that JBModel part 35B38 specifically represents the coaxial machine gun barrel which protrudes from the main gun mantlet on certain German panzers. Now that this has been pointed out it seems that it should have been obvious. I apologize for any confusion that may have come from reading the review.
I believe the majority of the review stands true...these are beautifully turned brass MG barrels that will enhance any model. However, they are specific as to their use and perhaps should have been labeled “7,92 MG34 Coaxial MG Version”.
I completely agree with Charles that, after this has been pointed out, it should have been obvious to the both of us, but also brings to light the importance of vendors to be more specific in the descriptions of their products, especially with many of these purchases being strictly online.
Highs: Beautifully rendered, inexpensive.Lows: Vague as to whether this is a stand alone barrel for a specific vehicle type, as when compared to photographs it appears too short for many applications. Verdict: No further reason to fuss with the kit barrels to make then look ‘passable’ once painted. Even if in certain applications an ‘extension’ piece is necessary the cost and detail make this a great deal.
About Charles Reading (CReading) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...