The German stick grenade, or potato masher, must be one of the most readily identified and iconic items of weaponry use during World War II. Used in their thousands they became a collectors' item for many allied troops, and there is still a market today in modern replicas. There are three main types of stick grenade used by Germany in World War II, the model 24, 39, and 43. The model 43 grenade differs from earlier examples as the grenade could be removed from the stick, and then be put to many an evil task. JB Model.eu now provides a pack of ten model 43 stick grenades, which can be put to many a good use.
Ten turned brass model 43 stick grenades are supplied in a clear zip lock bag with the item number and description, the zip lock bag is then stapled to a card backing with the suppliers details printed on it. The zip lock bags are then shipped in jiffy bags to prevent damage to the product.
The ten stick grenades all appear to be accurate as regards size, with some very nice detail included. I had to do some research on this product as they are described as German hand grenade, I describe them as the model 43 stick grenade as they have a small nipple in the centre top of the grenade head. The searches I have done all indicate that the model 43 was fairly unique in this feature, I believe the nipple on the top indicates the striker cord ceramic ball for the grenade.
This type of grenade can have the stick portion cut away, and then be used as a booby trap. You could, I believe, also remove the nipple from the top of the grenade, and mimic a model 24 or 39 stick grenade.
If you really want to add all the detail you possibly can, then this product could be of interest to you. Costing eur2.00 for 10 turned brass stick grenades seems to me an exceptional price, also being the model 43 grenade they are not often seen. With the model 43 being introduced mid way through the war, and the model 24 and 39 still in service at wars' end, this is the first time I have seen this grenade modelled.
Please be aware that if purchased in Europe a 20% VAT charge is placed on the product, that will mean this product costs eur 2.40 in Europe
Highs: An accurate product at a good price for 10 turned brass stick grenades of a rarely modelled type.Lows: None, at least none that I can come up with.Verdict: If you have a use for these stick grenades use them, the price is a steal for what is a very good product.
About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...