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Bazooka - How To Build Your Own by Anthony Lewis

By Anthony Lewis

For those who get a bang out of the flash and thud of an explosion and are intrigued by way of smooth munitions, propellants and guns, why no longer construct your personal bazooka? Anthony Lewis takes you thru the method, from developing the cartridge, barrel, grip and attractions to blending the propellant and igniter to putting together, loading and test-firing. for info reasons in basic terms.

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The position also had two chassis-welded handholds close to where the detachable superstructure was bolted, and two holes bored through the armour above the driver’s flap allowed for a binocular periscope when buttoned up. To improve production costs and logistics, German AFVs used two types of vision flaps; a bevelled variety with a viewing slit, and a plain flat plate. To protect the viewer’s face the former were backed by detachable, laminated-glass blocks 12mm thick, with a steel version available as needed.

1595, emerged, with iron boilerplate in lieu of more expensive steel, which was unnecessary at this stage. Between 16 August and 1 September ‘Dragon’ underwent nearly 1,100km of comparative field trials, where it demonstrated good mobility, but as its road speed proved slower than expected its cooling system was improved and the suspension was strengthened. A second prototype, Słoń (‘Elephant’), no. 1596, was allocated to CWBrPanc (Centrum Wyszkolenia Broni Pancernych, or ‘Armoured Weapons Training Centre’) on 13 August 1935.

The Poles also incorporated sloped armour; much as with other countries, this was often done on pre-1939 light tanks to test the concept. Based on the experiences in the Spanish Civil War, such thin armour lacked the necessary thickness and strength to resist existing anti-tank rounds, let alone those expected in the near future. As such, a PzKpfw II’s battlefield survivability depended on being able to move quickly from one position to another, and make use of terrain to mask its presence, and promote surprise.

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