Waffenset 1 1946

Kit #: Set 24 Preview by Rob Haelterman

This resin set contains some of the more exotic weapons and accessories of World War II, some of which only existed on paper.

Picture above, from top to bottom, left to right:

  • EMP 44. The EMP 44 was a prototype, all-metal submachine gun produced by Erma Werke in 1943. It was rejected by the Heereswaffenamt [Wikipedia].
  • Einstossflammwerfer 46. The Einstossflammenwerfer 46 was a disposable (one-shot) flamethrower designed in Germany during the second half of World War II and introduced in 1944; it was engineered to be both cheap and easily mass-produced. It was issued to the Volkssturm or the Werwolf movement, but also used by the Fallschirmjäger (German paratroopers) [Wikipedia].
  • MG42. This weapon is well-known.
  • Stg44 with drum magazine. The only reference to this weapon that I have seen is here.
  • Four bipods.
  • Russian IR backpack. I have no information about Soviet IR development apart from that found on the Armasight webpage: "Not to be outdone Soviets attempted to outfit PPSh-41 with night vision. In 1943, the USSR government set the task of developing devices that could not only detect IR beacons, but could also provide IR target identification and illumination. In 1944 the first Russian IR sight “Iskra” was developed for the combat engineering corps. "
  • US IR backpack. See M3 with IR scope below.
  • German IR backpack. This looks indeed like the backpack used with the Vampir.
  • Luftfaust. Also known as Fliegerfaust. It was a prototype unguided, man-portable, German multi-barrelled ground-to-air rocket launcher, designed to destroy enemy ground attack planes. Only 80 of these weapons were ever used in combat trials, in this case by a unit based at Saarbrücken [Wikipedia].
  • Panzerfaust 250. The development of this weapon was never completed and none was ever produced [Wikipedia].
  • MG42 with larger hand guard (called MG 52). I have no information about this weapon.
  • Stg44 with silencer. Some members of discussion fora claim that it was built.
  • Stg44, aka MP44. A well-known weapon.
  • Stg44 with Zielgerät 1229 "Vampir" infra-red aiming device. This weapon was used in small numbers.
  • M3 with IR Sniperscope M1. This was a modified Snooperscope fitted to an M3 carbine, which was an M2 carbine suitably modified. The Sniperscope and Snooperscope were the only American infra-red devices to see operational service. By the end of the war 6,000 of the devices had been manufactured, of which about 2,000 were Sniperscopes. The only time they were used in conflict was the capture of Okinawa from the Japanese. (Source here.)
  • PPSh 41 with IR scope. See information (and picture) for the Soviet IR backpack above.

Casting quality is very nice, with fine detail. Although there is some flash, it is thin, so it will not impair the quality of the cleaned items.


Although not all the weapons fit in with a late-war or what-if 1946 setting (like the EMP 44 for instance), and some can also be used in a much earlier setting (like the MG 42), this set will prove very useful for anyone attempting a diorama around one of the "Panzer 1946" tanks that are currently flooding the market.

Preview sample provided by Gebo Figuren.


This model can be purchased from Tracks & Troops

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Article Last Updated: 12 December 2016

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