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German Machine Gun MG 34 (Maschinen Gewehr 34)

Customizing a Cotswold MG 34

With the arrival of the Schwimmwagen from 21st Century I hoped that it would have a nice MG34, but unfortunately, the sculpt of the MG is terrible (IMHO). The only thing usefull is the 50 round magazine which looks ok.

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Here a picture of the MG from 21st.

Well, what else do we have? The Cotswold MG 34, still not very detailed, but it looks better then the one from 21st.

I know that I probably should wait until Dragon comes with a MG34 but until they do, I decided to customize the one from Cots ( which I just happened to have :o) )

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As you can see, it looks more accurate, however there are a few things that I didn't like about it. So what can be done here.

First : I wanted the barrel housing to look better. So I tool a little saw and cut it in half.

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Then take a small drill ( 1 mm to start with ) and drill away the pieces as shown in the diagram. Ofcourse this is a difficult job so be carefull to start exactly in the middle.

The 3 mm hole is for the barrel

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Then take a 2 mm drill, and drill away the cooling holes.

It's difficult to drill in a straight line, so that's why I cut the front piece of the barrel in half. This way it was easier to drill.

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Once you drilled al the cooling holes (2 mm) it's time to put everything back together.

For the barrel I took a little rod with a 3 mm diameter and a length of approx. 8.5 cm

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Then glue  the first piece back on (with super glue) and let it dry thoroughly.

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Now it's time to put the last part back on.

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It's hard to see it on the pictures, but I assure you, it looks a *lot* better :o)

Now....., it's time to put on some details here.

The Bipod that comes with the Cotswold MG isn't looking to good, so I decided to rebuilt is completely.

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