German 105mm LeFH 18 L/28 Barrel
#35 L-38
Review by Terry Ashley

This simple one piece barrel is designed for the AFV Club 10.5cm leFH18 Howitzer kit #AF35050 and consists of a single aluminium barrel with rifling added inside the muzzle and a machined brass gun collar already attached.

The ABER barrel (top) with the AFV Club barrel/breech parts

As the AFV Club kit already comes with an aluminium barrel you could well ask why do you need this one?
There are a couple of detail improvements with the ABER barrel over the AFV Club barrel with the first being the inclusion of muzzle rifling which isn't on the AFV Club barrel.

The ABER barrel rifling (top) with the AFV Club barrel

The second is with the gun collar which is moulded as part of the breech on the AFV Club kit and the collar details are compromised with the join seam on the breech. With the ABER barrel you are required to cut off the gun collar from the AFV Club parts A28,A29 and it's best to glue these together before cutting to ensure and even cut.

Collar details compromised with join seam on AFV Club part
ABER barrel fitted to AFV Club breech with well defined collar details

After removing the collar the resulting hole has to be slightly enlarged and the ABER barrel then slips inside the AFV Club breech and has the collar details better defined.

The rest of the gun assembly is as per the AFV Club instructions and the ABER barrel does provide additional details to the AFV Club barrel and so its basically your decision if you want the finer barrel details?

ABER barrel fitted to AFV Club breech


Thanks to Michael from Airconnection for the sample barrel.
Airconnection carry the full range of ABER update sets and barrels.

Page Created 26 May 2005

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