Browning 50 cal (12.7mm) Cartridges and Spent Shell Casings
by: Darren Baker
Master continues to expand their range of items for the 1/35th scale armour modeller with two offerings for the Browning 50 cal (12.7mm) cartridges and spent shell casings.
These offerings from Master are packed inside a Ziploc bag with a card insert, a card hanger is stapled to the top of the bag to act as a hanger and too provide the information on the contents. Inside at the front there is a sealed bag containing the parts that makes up the set, at the rear there is a small instructional paper sheet.
The Browning 50 cal (12.7mm) cartridges have been turned as a single piece of brass. When examined I was very impressed with the level of detail offered. The shape of the rounds looks accurate to me in all respects; the only detail I couldn’t pick up is the percussion cap area of the items. The spent rounds are hollowed out where bullet head would be and I am very impressed with the efforts of Master in this respect. Each of the two offerings contains 25 units of the same high standard.
Perhaps one of the biggest pluses of these items is that they have a very broad spectrum of appeal and usefulness. The 50 cal machine gun must be one of the most common weapons systems of its type, perhaps the heavy machine gun version of the AK 47.
I can see these making an appearance in many dioramas or for that matter on a tank having been fired. The rounds could also be used with a figure such as a sniper with a barrett rifle, of course they could also be used to show the detritus of war. I cannot see anything to fault with either of these offerings from Master and I will have to get some more for my spares box.
Highs: Making the ammunition available as both live or spent ammunition is a nice touch allowing a choice of display options.Lows: None I can think of.Verdict: These items have a wide appeal and will be a nice touch in many a setting.