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Offline nickdives

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WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« on: August 01, 2022, 10:33:15 PM »
Looking at getting back to Crush The Kaiser, I need some anti aircraft capability. Any of you jolly nice folks know of any?

Thanks.

Offline cuprum

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2022, 03:24:18 PM »

Offline nickdives

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2022, 03:35:14 PM »
Cheers, not sure one would find them on the Western Front. I have found that Irregular Miniatures do a fairly generic AAG truck.

Offline Etranger

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2022, 02:59:52 AM »
Machine guns on variously improvised AA mountings were very common. One such Vickers or Lewis MG shot down the Red Baron. https://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history/stories_from_the_act_memorial/who_shot_the_red_baron
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Offline Metternich

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2022, 06:14:15 PM »
This is a 37mm Maxim Flak M14, derived from the Maxim Nordenfelt gun.
https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/gernman-anti-aircraft-gun
  One enterprising fellow was selling them as Lego kits !
https://live.staticflickr.com/259/31388475093_904dca4b85_b.jpg
And here it is on a field gun carriage.
https://c8.alamy.com/comp/BKEBK5/ww1-artillery-soldiers-shooting-at-airplanes-with-anti-aircraft-gun-BKEBK5.jpg

This is the German 7.1cm FLAK gun mounted on a Daimler truck
https://qph.cf2.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-484dd34d6861eef42bcf82f182fc70ac-lq

As for appropriate miniatures, is your reference to 20mm a reference to the scale you are gaming with (1:72nd) or the type of AA gun you are looking for?  If 1:72nd, your best bet might be some of the Shapeways 3d printing merchants:





Offline Baron von Wreckedoften

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2022, 02:34:50 PM »
Was the 37mm weapon also known as a "Pom-Pom"?  The terms is more widely associated with WW2, but was actually known during the 2nd Boer War.
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Offline Golgotha

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2022, 02:54:57 PM »
Types of AA included - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_I_anti-aircraft_guns

Irregular Miniatures https://irregularminiatures.co.uk/ make this...

NWGP2 Lorry with AA Gun - Photo credit: Max Scirea



They also have their useful gun range... see for example Gun Type Three D "Luftkannone" The German WW1 AA Gun.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2022, 02:57:34 PM by Golgotha »

Offline nickdives

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2022, 09:58:32 AM »
Cheers, went for a couple of those and mounted the gun of one on a resin British truck.

And the EWM one for the French.

Offline Golgotha

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Re: WW1 Anti Aircraft weapons 20mm
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2022, 05:50:44 PM »
Do show some pictures I am thinking of getting some too as well as Cuprum's suggestion which I have had an eye on for some time...

 

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