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badwargamer24 May 2022 9:26 a.m. PST

Hi, sorry to ask but my searches have failed to find what I need. I've picked up some 15mm tanks and some of the barrels on the plastic tanks have snapped off.
I'm looking for replacement barrels (in the UK preferably). In an ideal world I'd replace them with metal as a bendy barrels is preferable to a broken off one.
The only other option i think I have is to 3d print them but they won't be perfect and will still be fragile.
Anyone have any luck finding any?

The Nigerian Lead Minister24 May 2022 9:58 a.m. PST

I have used hollow brass tube for replacement barrels. Got a package at a hobby supply store.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 May 2022 10:20 a.m. PST

Finish nails can work if you aren't too picky

Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2022 10:53 a.m. PST

Depending on the size of barrel I have used a toothpick. Cut off the ends and paint!
Cheers

Joe

badwargamer24 May 2022 1:28 p.m. PST

Unfortunately the broken ones are off later war panzer IVs so they have the fancy end, else I'd probably just find some brass tube etc. Hmm maybe I could print the fancy end to fit onto some tube….

VonBlucher24 May 2022 5:25 p.m. PST

Buy a box of Battlefront Puma's, as the give the gun barrel for the 234/4 version, you would have to piece it to the wide part of the barrel on the MK4. Too bad because if you were here in the US I could send them to you. They are an excellent match because these are also an 75mm L48 and has the same mussel break.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2022 10:12 a.m. PST

I agree with vonBlucher's approach – find somebody with a spare 75L48 barrel in their bits box. Then graft it into the damaged model (and I would suggest pinning it, but I'm pretty obsessive).

Col Piron26 May 2022 2:54 a.m. PST

Someone might have spare barrels from this BF Pz IV kit ?

badwargamer26 May 2022 3:37 a.m. PST

Thanks. It looks like my search for someone making barrels failed because no-one does it in the uk.
Yes. The muzzlebreak is the tricky modelling bit, but i think it might be the best option as I don't think anyone I know has any spares.
I might also try p3d printing one and see how it comes out :)

Thanks for the help all.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2022 6:18 p.m. PST

You know, you could use a brass tube and then put some sacking or other fabric on the end as impormptu camo

Did that for a Firefly when I had to do a replacement barrel

badwargamer27 May 2022 1:03 a.m. PST

Another good suggestion!

Much as I can appreciate the move from metal to plastic for tanks, I'm currently done with them!
I sacrificed a couple of spare vehicles to make up new barrels yesterday and spent a while matching up the paint.

I opened up my painting desk this morning to see that somehow I must have shut it with a tank still on the worksurface and found it in my water pot with a broken off barrel :( I then picked up one of the tanks from it's box and my finger barely brushed against the adjacent tanks snapping that barrel off :(

I think they are PSC as opposed to FOW. The plastic just seems to brittle.

The tanks were part of a bargain deal I got and I was only going to use them as they were in it and painted well, just needing some decals!

So I have put them away in disgust for now while I see what I can do with them!

As they seem to snap so easily I'm surprised no one is making replacement barrels commercially, as I can't be the only one snapping them off!

Anyway, thanks for all the tips :)

badwargamer27 May 2022 1:24 a.m. PST

Just checked an for £25.00 GBP I can get a pack of five more panzer Ivs form PSC which have different barrels to make other variants.

So I could fit new barrels on my existing PZ IV Ausf H tanks and make 5 new ones in an other variant.

But will I just then have ten tanks with fragile barrels! I s it putting good money after bad?

Might give it a go, as maybe mine were just brittle from stress of being stored in a pile of foam trays?

TSD10127 May 2022 8:03 a.m. PST

I found plastic to be less fragile than metal/resin. One its so light if it gets knocked over or even falls from a few feet it doesn't suffer damage. Two in my experience gamers are less likely to hamfist lighter things and break it. Also metal does fatigue, so if those barrels keep getting bent and bent back into place they can start to tear or snap. One of the things I have to be careful about when rescuing used minis from bad paintjobs.

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