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after market .50 and .30 cal
69mudbone
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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 04:40 PM UTC
Hey Guys, any recommendation/ suggestion for after market .50 and .30 cal weps. I am working on some WWII soft skins that need some help
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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:09 AM UTC
Plastic or resin/etch???
Namabiiru
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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:30 AM UTC
Adlers Nest has some fantastic MG barrels, but not entire guns. I've seen resin MGs, but didn't think they looked a whole lot better than original kit parts.

MLD
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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 01:47 AM UTC
Verlinden did lots of resin weapons, often with photoetched cradles. They are out of production, but should be all over ebay.
Some of their stuff is a mishmash of eras and features and some was overscale.

Legends makes resin guns, .50 for sure but these may be more modern.

Another option depending on your comfort with photoetch would be Eduard etch sets for the given vehicle. These often have PE additions to the kit gun, but require filing or carving off molded on details. Their website www.eduard.cz has PDF's of the instruction sheets you can check ahead of time.

There are a couple of dedicated injection plastic gun sets, but those are are not really my jam.
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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 06:32 PM UTC
You can also check out some 3D printed sets on Shapeways.
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 08:33 AM UTC
Tasca/Asuka makes perhaps the best injection molded .50 Caliber MG, they sell them as a set of two. Academy also has a nice set of American MG, including both .50 Cal and .30 cal.
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 08:51 AM UTC

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Tasca/Asuka makes perhaps the best injection molded .50 Caliber MG, they sell them as a set of two. Academy also has a nice set of American MG, including both .50 Cal and .30 cal.




Yes either of these sets with aftermarket brass barrels would be your best option. I used to prefer the JB model and RB model sets but they don't seem to make them anymore but Aber come a pretty close second
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:39 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Tasca/Asuka makes perhaps the best injection molded .50 Caliber MG, they sell them as a set of two. Academy also has a nice set of American MG, including both .50 Cal and .30 cal.



I agree, I use the Academy set a lot and is the most cost effective. Tasca/Asuka is more expensive and difficult to find, although it will get more easy to get them since they changed over to Asuka and have more sellers. But the Tasca/Asuka sets are by far the best, giving you the same effect you would get with a turned brass barrel.