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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

"Along with his work on machine guns, during the 1880s Hiram Maxim developed a larger weapon that operated much like a machine gun but fired explosive missiles, which under international conventions meant they had to be larger than bullets. The result was the quick-firing 1-pounder, which could rapid fire to ranges over 4,000 metres, and the sound it made caused it to be nicknamed the ‘pom-pom'. Despite being a British weapon, the British government did not purchase it, but the Germans took it up, and both Boer republics bought some prior to the Second Boer War. After being successfully used against British troops, the British government then bought at least 50 and shipped them out to Southern Africa, although by the time of the Battle of Paardeburg in February 1900 only three had arrived.

The gun model in this set is exactly the same as that in the corresponding set Pom-Pom Gun with Boer Crew but without the shield. While it is in the same soft plastic as the figures it goes together reasonably well, and follows the proper general shape but with inevitable simplification in places. The belt feed seems poorly done to us, but generally it is a reasonable model…"



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