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WW II 2cm Ammo
WW II German 2cm Ammo Full Round & Shell Cases
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


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Armorama

Introduction

The 2cm cannon was a staple in all three branches of Nazi Germany's armed forces during WW II. Originally developed for the Kriegsmarine, the gun found versions both the Heer (or "army," and frequently confused with the Wehrmacht, which means "armed forces" and refers to all of the army, navy and air force) and the Luftwaffe. The KwK 30 was the main gun for the Panzer II, and its FLAK 38 version was the AA weapon used by ground forces, mounted either singly or quadrupled in the Vierling array mounted on both the Sd.Kfz.7/1 and Wirbelwind ("Whirlwind"), a turreted version which sat on a Pz. IV chassis.

The Set

Griffon Model has released a set of brass ammo that will work with just about any 2cm gun. While the 2cm round came in a variety of versions (AP, HE, anti-aircraft), the small plastic envelope contains 5 turned-brass complete rounds and 20 shell casings that will augment most every 1/35th situation. The proportions are relatively-correct and to-scale (the full rounds come up slightly short), including the wasp-waisted casing bottom that gives the 2cm its distinctive look. The complete rounds have general shell heads, not anything specialized, and aren't intended to replicate the rounded tips of some ordnance.

Verdict:

The set is an excellent means of dressing up any 2cm set-up, though I doubt there are enough in the package to work well with one of the quad mounts on the recently-released Sd.Kfz.7/1s from Trumpeter and Dragon. Yet unless you possess uncommon scratch-building skills, I can't imagine replicating spent shell casings as accurately, either with brass wire or stretched sprue.
SUMMARY
Highs: Accurate, beautifully-executed turned brass complete with pinched-waist shell casing bottom.
Lows: Pricey for what you get, but otherwise no complaints.
Verdict: Recommended for any diorama or armor set-up where spent 2cm shell casings would be present.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: MA35005
  Suggested Retail: $6.50
  Related Link: web site
  PUBLISHED: Jul 25, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.66%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2018 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Hey Bill, Good review. Congrats on new position also. Tiny things, carpet monster food. Scratching those would be a PITA.
JUL 25, 2009 - 05:43 PM
Thanks, Brian. These are the kind of thing you spray on some stick-um, empty the envelope and hope they fall where you want 'em to! LOL.
JUL 26, 2009 - 07:14 AM
Hi Bill Associate Editor... Well done my friend. Congrats from me too! Best regards Jacob
JUL 26, 2009 - 09:27 AM
Maybe it should be "my condolences"! Thanks, Jacob!
JUL 26, 2009 - 09:32 AM
Maybe it should be "my condolences"! Thanks, Jacob![/quote] I'll agree with that Great review Bill, and great to have you on board
JUL 26, 2009 - 09:47 AM
Thanks, James! It's fun.
JUL 26, 2009 - 09:53 AM
Congrats too,BILL DO YOU JUST GET THE SHELLS OR DO YOU GET THE MAGS/BOXES TO? LOL Geraint
JUL 27, 2009 - 08:26 AM
Geraint, What you see is what you get! While the shells are the same for all 2cms, the ammo boxes are in two different sets, one for the FLAK 38 and one for the tank version. The FLAK looks like this:
JUL 27, 2009 - 09:20 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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