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Old 08-02-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Hetzer 1/6 Question

Hello,

I'm in the process of doing up a DeSimone Hetzer on a budget, but am not too sure how to go about the gun barrel; obviously the pipe supplied will not suffice.

I assume wooden dowell is the favoured material to use? What length and width do I need to get? How do you suggest I cut out the hole?

Many thanks for your help!

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Old 08-02-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Find yourself an old ski pole! They are tapered and all of them are a bit different in size and length. I wish I had my DeSimone one where I could get a hold of it easy I cut a ski pole for my barrel. It worked out great! I used to see ski poles in the trash all the time and would grab them these days people grab them as scrap metal I never see them anymore but I do come across them cheap here and there at yard sales second hand stores the Goodwill type shops and flea markets. I also scored some from some of my friends who upgraded their equipment.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Sometimes you can find carbon fiber golf clubs they have a nice usable taper to them just have to find one close to the barrel diameters
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:27 AM   #4
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Golf clubs, pool cues, table legs, just about any cylindrical object I can find is a potential barrel :P
In fact, I was at a dollar store a few weeks ago and they were selling these and I picked one up for a buck.

Bulk Tool Bench Easy Reach Plastic Reacher/Grabber Tool, 33" at DollarTree.com

the "barrel" is about 24 inches (60cm) long and about half inch (1.25 cm) in diameter. Too small for a 1/6 75mm barrel, but a nice size for a 37mm AA gun, perhaps.

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Old 08-03-2012, 04:16 AM   #5
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Pool cues is what I have used. Some times you can get 2 barrels out of one stick.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Thanks!

One thing I'm not so sure about is whether or not the Hetzer's barrel actually tapers on not. It seems to me that it is pretty much straight from the gun mantlet. Is this true?

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

Depending on where you live it would be better to go and measure a Hetzer, there was a G36 in Brussels but while the museum is undergoing restoration the tanks have been moved I was there last month visiting friends and it still hasn’t returned there is another G36 in Bastogne in the Ardennes and also one in Luxemburg, Munster, Saumur and Bovington have a Hetzer each
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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Re: Hetzer 1/6 Question

I think the taper is very slight, barely noticeable so it looks almost straight. Some of the Ski Poles I have gotten depending on where on the shaft you cut them, the brand and type of pole they all seem to have their own shape. I use a piece of plastic inside the barrel to give it the thickness it needs. Set it in epoxy. I added rifling at the end. I'll see if I can find it next week when I bring some stuff to storage and snap some pics.
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