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  • Member since
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  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Bending machine gun link ammo?
Posted by GlennH on Thursday, April 20, 2023 4:43 PM

Finally moving ahead with this gun truck I set aside part done a year ago. Has anyone come up with a way to make a gradual bend on belt ammo? I'd like to at least bend it down from the breech into the ammo cans 90 degrees or less. I don't have enough to experiment and would like to avoid just a short strait piece from the cun to the cans.

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  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Thursday, April 20, 2023 5:01 PM

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 21, 2023 3:55 PM

I haven't done anything in your scale, but in smaller scale, like 1/48 and 1/72, I've used used cable ties (aka zip ties) for ammunition chutes, like the chutes in B-24s and B-17s.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, April 21, 2023 7:06 PM

Hello Glenn!

So you're thinking something like this, right?

Dragon 1:35 M55 Quad 50 by Pawel

Well the way I did it without really thinking much about it... I just bent them. They migh have cracked a little and you could probably see them turning white, but if you're careful to keep the bend gradual it's going to be OK. It might be helpful to heat the parts a little using hot water but I didn't do it, I just did it on a hot day, that's all.

Good luck with your quad and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, April 22, 2023 10:02 AM

To heat soften brass you have to get much higher than 212.  I think about 400 is about right.  A soldering iron can do it.

 

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  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, April 22, 2023 10:09 AM

Yes Pawel that was it. The stuff I had was not bendable at all. I may try warming it a bit next time.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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