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MG42 “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”…

Unfortunately, this was also a big part of the D-Day invasion on the Normandy beaches. Capable of firing at an almost astounding rate, the firing pin was manufactured with a set of roller cams on each side of the bolt carrier, enabling the gun to achieve the rate of fire which gave it the nickname. This 1/6th scale Dragon kit is effectively realistic in nature – as are their other kits of this genre.

The only gripe I have with the manufacturer is the lack of directions. The “instruction sheet” is one piece of paper with a black & white photograph of the assembled model with part numbers and arrows pointed toward the general location.
No step-by-step method as to what goes exactly where and when it goes there. You’d best be pretty sure of yourself before applying any type of adhesive somewhere.
Unless you’re very familiar with the weapon, you’re on your own as far as assembly.
I hesitated to post, rather re-post, a kit previously appearing on iModeler, but it WAS one of my first postings and some of you may have missed it – so forgive me. Besides, it fits with the current theme.

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18 responses to MG42 “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”…

  1. Coincidentally, just saw a TV programme about this, well, this was an item in the course of the programme.

    These guns indeed had an astounding fire rate – so much so that the barrels melted. That was one of the problems on D-Day for the Germans. The bunkers above the beaches were somewhat isolated, and because of the use-rate of ammunition the Germans couldn’t get to the bunkers to re-supply ammo and more barrels, hence many machine guns were silent by midday.

    Also, they took 140 hours to manufacture as opposed to the Bren gun, which could be produced in under 50 hours, so there were statistically fewer MG42s in the field than Brens, and they were more expensive to produce, which fact in the long run imparted a negative momentum to the German war effort.

  2. Nice Job Craig, you got the metal finish just right mate 😉

  3. You’re right, Craig, it is a relevant posting for D-Day, and you’ve done a good job on this kit, like Mark said above, the metal finish is very convincing.

  4. Nice work, Craig. What are the two rectangular pieces on the foreleg?

  5. Who gets tired of seeing a good model?
    Well done. It has just the right finish.

  6. Nice gun Craig, we don’t see too many of these, and very appropriate for the D-Day GB.

  7. Craig,
    This is outstanding. You did a great job on this, with or without, proper directions. We owe so much to those men that had the strength and courage to go up against these vicious guns. I really like this.

  8. awesome work…I’ve loved all of these you’ve done…you captured the soul of this gorgeous bad a*s beast…it’s got m-60 written all over it

  9. Craig ,a very nice job of an unusual subject, I like it .Thanks for taking part Craig.N.

  10. Menacingly accurate ! Well done, Craig !

  11. Simple, but efficient. Nice job, Craig.

  12. Very nice job all round. I especially like the ammunition belt; so realistic.

  13. Very nice Craig, and something out of the ordinary too! btw, the German Army of today still uses a later variant of this machine-gun. Great longevity for a great gun design…:)

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