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Browning 50 cal Cartridges
Browning 50 cal (12.7mm) Cartridges and Spent Shell Casings
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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.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: GM-35-020 and 021
  PUBLISHED: Jul 17, 2018

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Wow looks great. Thanks for the review Darren. Wonder if they have any plans for belted 50 cal links?
JUL 17, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I built Aber's 1/16 50 cal. rounds and seperate links for a diorama recently. Man, were the links tiny and difficult to form correctly. I can't imagine them in1/35 scale-- you'd need a microscope to form them! If they came pre-formed in soft brass they would be great. However, one of the things that bugs me about scenes with 1/35 empty casings is the complete lack of links-- the two are inseparable in real life, and you can't feed the gun without the links. VR, Russ
JUL 17, 2018 - 03:20 PM
Yes. I still have some of the old Mission Model brand photo etch brass links in 1/35. Those were tiny. They also deform correctly if scattered under foot on the ground in a crowded area of a scene. The Live Resin brand links are brittle and not quite the same. Just need a jig with the right size wire to form around. Wish we could get that PE again.
JUL 18, 2018 - 12:23 AM
wow great idea !!!!
JUL 18, 2018 - 02:58 AM
looks interesting !
JUL 18, 2018 - 03:00 AM
i can't seem to find these on their website, do you have a direct link to them please
JUL 21, 2018 - 07:41 AM
JUL 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM
Thanks for the link. I don't know what I did wrong when I was looking for them as I typed the description into the search box and got nothing.
JUL 21, 2018 - 08:51 PM
No Problem
JUL 22, 2018 - 12:48 AM

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