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7.92mm MG34 (late) barrel
Tank Variant

LionMarc Model Designs Set No. LM10029
Passion Models Set P35-029

1:35th Scale

Reviews by Terry Ashley

The set:
LionMarc Model Designs/Passion Models have released this replacement metal barrel for the late armoured sleeve MG34 Machine gun used with any applicable German vehicle such as the later Panzer IV series, Tiger I/II/Jagdtiger and Panther/Jagdpanther.

The set consists of a finely turned brass barrel with muzzle flash suppressor cone and a separate copper outer armoured sleeve which includes the cooling slits fully opened out. The barrel is inserted through the outer sleeve to assemble the barrel and initially there was a little residue on the inside of the sleeve from the machining of the slits but this can be removed by pushing the barrel though the sleeve a few times like a plunger. Just take care not to bend the outer sleeve as it has a weak point where the open cooling holes are when the inner barrel is not fitted.

Please disregard the slight deformation of the armoured sleeve around the cooling holes in the image below as this was due to a slight mishap where I dropped the barrel on the floor and proceeded to back my chair over it requiring some running repairs. The armoured sleeve was perfectly formed before I tried to destroy it.

Two part barrel with separate inner barrel and outer armoured sleeve with holes fully opened out.
Image of assembled barrel (bottom)

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The notable feature of the barrel is the excellent definition of the cooling holes due to the separate barrel and armoured sleeve, it also has the muzzle hex attachment brackets well done as well as the contours in the sleeve.
But it is let down a little by the hollowed out flash suppressor cone being overly thick which distracts from the overall excellent appearance.

To fit the barrel is quite simple, when adding to the full MG34 receiver such as those that come with the majority of CyberHobby/Dragon Tiger and Panther kits you simply cut off the kit barrel taking care to leave the small guide pin underneath for fitting of the kit mounting parts later. You then drill a 0.5mm hole in the receiver and insert the barrel pin, all very easy.

Barrel fitted to the Cyberhobby/Dragon MG34 from most recent Panther and Tiger kits
Note thicker flash suppressor cone

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Fitting the barrel to any kit which has the MG ball moulded in place such as the AFV Club/Tamiya Tiger kits or any applicable kit you need to drill a 1.2mm hole through the ball mounting, there is usually already a locating hole for the kit MG barrel so this just needs to be drilled all the way through the ball mounting.

You then just insert the barrel jacket into the ball mounting leaving the appropriate length exposed, using the kit barrel as a guide for this will work in most instances.

Barrel fitted to the new Tamiya Jagdtiger and Tiger kits
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This is a superbly done late MG34 tank barrel with the standout feature being the separate outer armoured sleeve which results in excellent definition between the sleeve and barrel through the open cooling holes. The muzzle attachment bracket is also well done but it is let down a little by the overly thick flash suppressor cone. Apart from this it is the best looking metal MG34 late tank barrel available to date.

Very little work is needed to fit to any applicable kit with the barrel offering a marked improvement in detail over the plastic kit barrels.

Highly recommended

Thanks to LionMarc Model Designs for the review sets.

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