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lMG08 Spandau Maxims
The Fliegertruppe's first set of teeth
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]


The Maschinengewehr 08, or lMG 08, was the German Army's standard machine gun in World War I and is an adoption of Hiram S. Maxim's original 1884 Maxim Gun. In WWI the 08 water cooled infantry MG was used as the first model built by the Spandau Arsenal. It was later modified with a fretted gun jacket for use on early German C, E & many W types. It and went into production in 1915. A lower case letter "L" beginning the prefix meant luftgekühlt (air-cooled). The lMG 08s were later used in pairs by the time of the introduction of the Fokker D.III, as fixed and synchronized cowling guns firing through the propeller. These early 7.92mm Spandau Maxims were a bit more beefier in appearance than the LMG 08/15 Luftstreitkräfte standard 7.92mm that followed.

Kit Contents

08 Resin pcs
27 metal pcs
Instructions one sided plan & exploded view.

One of Taurus Models recent releases is a PE 1:48 version of the aircraft modified "Spandau" Maxim lMG 08. The older brother to the 08/15 it had a long history even to the early days of WWII.

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Highs: Good subject matter in a common scale. Nice details.
Lows: Needs open ended metal tubes for barrels. My example has two pin hole voids.
Verdict: If your doing an Eindekker or an armed German Naval aircraft these are a fine addition to detail your build.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: #D4809
  Suggested Retail: $7.70
  Related Link: Aeroscale News
  PUBLISHED: Oct 07, 2012

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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