2cm FlaK38 2cm FlaK38 magazines &
1:35 comparison Review
by Terry Ashley
The actual measurements of the 20mm FlaK magazine taken from a real magazine by Chris "Toadman" Hughes and Stephane Arquille shows the height at the tallest point is 345mm and the width is 210mm and this equates to 9.85mm and 6mm respectively in 1:35 scale.
The ABER magazine measures 10mm high and 6.5mm wide, the Griffon Model magazine 10.5mm high and 6mm wide, the Lion Roar magazine 10.5mm high and 6.0mm wide and the Voyager magazine at 10.6mm high and 6.0mm wide which means all have minor discrepancies but under 1mm as mentioned.
Magazine case comparison with Griffon Model (left), ABER, Voyager, Lion Roar,
Dragon, Tristar and Royal Models (right)
Comparing the ammo boxes there are difference in overall sizes between all four boxes with the height being to most troublesome but most other discrepancies are below 1mm and again probably wouldn't be much of an issue unless mixing the boxes in the one scene.
Comparison of ammo box sizes against the real box dimensions (red outline)
showing small variations on all etched boxes.
Thanks to Stephane ARQUILLE for the images and dimensions of the real boxes
Mission Models and Voyager.
It's difficult to recommend one over the other given the minor size differences and basically your choice would probably be based on availability and price and if you want to go to the trouble of assembling the boxes in particular as the chances for disasters is fairly high if you are not experienced working with etched parts.
The magazines do look very good and are better than any available in plastic or resin being completely hollow but again the end result depends very much on the assembly process.
For full details and assembly of each set see the individual rset reviews:
ABER: 35A89 Magazines and Ammo Boxes for 20mm FlaK 30/38
Griffon Model: MA35001 WWII German 20mm Ammo & Ammo Boxes for 2cm Flak38
Lion Roar: LAM040 20mm FlaK 30/38 Ammo Boxes & Ammo
Voyager Model: AP067 20mm FlaK 30/38 Magazines & Ammo Boxes
Muzzle Reference images
|Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
(Sd.Kdz. 161/4), Ostwind
Nuts & Bolts Vol.25
|Flakpanzerkampfwagen IV and other Flakpanzer projects
from 1942 to 1945
Panzer Tracks No.12-1
20mm FlaK in WWII
Schiffer Military History
|Halbketten Zugkraftwagen 8t Sd.Kfz.7/1/2
AFV Super Detail Photo Vol.9
Published by Model Art Co.Ltd.
|Sd.Kfz.7 in detail
Special Museum Line No.36
Wings & Wheels Publications
|Flak Auf Sd.Kfz.7
Kagero Photosniper No.9
Waldemar Trojca, Karlheinz Münch
|Ground Power Magazine
#66 - 11/1999
GALILEO Publishing Co.,Ltd.