Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
Browning M1919 .30 cal Machinegun Barrels Master Model
Kit #72-001
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 13 August 2023
These items look absolutely gorgeous right out of the package. But... I tried assembling one of them, and I ran into a difficulty. There are small burrs of brass on the inside of the jacket where the drill perforated the metal. When I tried to slide the gun barrel through the jacket, it got hung up on these burrs and bent. It is an incredibly delecate rod of metal, and it bends almost just by looking at it. What I need to do is take a drill bit just small enough to fit inside the jacket and router it out, cleaning out any burrs, before trying again to assemble the piece. The photo of the completed barrel on Master's website looks amazing, so I hope it works, as these will likely be the finest replacement barrels possible for our .30cal Brownings.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale