Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
B-25J Mitchell Gun Barrels Quickboost
Kit #72055
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 5 January 2018
On a tip from Stephen Brezinski, I picked up several sets of these resin gun barrels from Quickboost. Quickboost is a company that offers an extensive line of aircraft accessories in all scales, and this set includes 15 replacement gun barrels for the Browning .50cal machineguns on the B-25. I have seen an occasional photograph of a .50cal machinegun mounted on a Sherman tank, but with this perforated barrel jacket common on aircraft-mounted guns (the machinegun on Oddball's Sherman in the movie Kelly's Heroes was this type). So we can use these barrels here to replace the smooth barrels on our kit machineguns if we want to replicate those.

But these are not only useful for .50cals. The diameter of the barrels is also suitable for replacing the barrels on Browning .30cal machineguns as well. I had originally bought this set with the intention of using them for the bow machineguns on my Shermans, but when I look closely at all of the plastic .30cals we have available from our plastic kits, they could also benefit from replacement. Please see the Browning .30cal 1919 Comparison article for a close-up of one of these Quickboost barrels that better shows the detail of the perforated barrel jacket.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale