Each set has the single one piece turned aluminium barrel with a machined flash suppressor included that requires no cleanup prior to assembly, the barrel is like the first set featuring the barrel only and not the front section of the gun housing included with a number of other metal barrel sets.
plus a close-up of the flash suppressor
The aluminium barrel has a small pin for attaching the barrel to the donor gun and the flash suppressor includes six larger holes around the collar section and four rows of six smaller holes in the suppressor cone. Images available of the actual suppressor collar show six or eight holes around the collar and three or four rows of smaller holes in the suppressor cone making the suppressor features in this set correct for the type depicted. There is another detail with the collar holes in that two holes are only half the length of the others and this feature is included with this barrel.
Also included on the barrel are the two textured hand grip sections for changing the barrel which look most realistic and from some angles is not that visible just like the real barrel.
The flash suppressor and barrel length matches the 1:35 plans in Panzer Tracks No.12 Flakpanzer and Nuts and Bolts Vol.13 Flakpanzer IV with the actual measurements being; full length of the gun (housing and visible barrel including flash suppressor) 2252.5mm which equals 64.357mm in 1:35 scale and the visible length of the barrel with flash suppressor is 995mm equalling 28.429mm (rounded to 28.5mm) in 1:35 scale. The set barrel measures out exactly 28.5mm making this one of the most accurate of those available to date as it also includes the smaller sized collar holes and hand grip sections on the barrel as mentioned above.
The only minor concern is the flash suppressor is fractionally smaller than the plans and photos would indicate but this is really marginal at best and is only really apparent when comparing directly to other barrels available.
Fitting the barrel to the Dragon FlaK38 gun from any of the applicable kits such as kit #6220, #6288, #6292, #6293, #6395 or #6469 is quite straight forward as the kit gun is the correct proportions and all that is needed is to cut the barrel from the Dragon gun, drill a small 1mm locating hole and attach the Adlers Nest barrel, all very easy.
To fit the barrel to the Tristar FlaK38 gun is just as simple and I have used here the gun from the latest Flak38 kit #35029 or the AFV Club kit #AF35118 as this has the correct gun dimensions. The plastic kit barrel is separate from the receiver in these kits and you first have to glue the plastic barrel in place to fill the hole in the end of the receiver. Then the barrel is cut off and a small 1mm hole drilled for the metal barrel the same as with the Dragon gun.
The Blue Steel anodised barrel also looks very good without the need for painting to retain that metallic look and is worth the small additional price for this feature.
The barrel has very fine details with absolutely no cleanup, nothing could be easier and will add considerable detail to whatever FlaK38 kit you use it on.
Highly recommended 8.5/10.
See a full comparison of available FlaK38 barrels which has been updated to include this barrel set.
Muzzle Reference images
20mm FlaK in WWII
By Werner Müller
Schiffer Military History
Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
Panzer Tracts No.22-1
Includes accurate 1:35 plans of the 2cm Flak 30
Photo Album 4
Tamiya Plastic Model Co.
FlaK 30/38 Sfl
Wydawnictwo Militaria 172