Adlers Nest
20mm FlaK 38

Adlers Nest Set #ANM-35001
Review by Terry Ashley

The Set:
Adlers Nest are a new company from Japan who have released for their first update set of a two part metal 2cm FlaK38 barrel for any of the available kits.
Barrel parts and close-up of flash suppressor
Adlers Nest
Adlers Nest

The barrel consists of an aluminium barrel and separate brass flash suppressor which includes the correct six larger holes around the collar section and the correct four rows of six smaller holes in the suppressor cone. 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.

The flash suppressor and barrel length matches in size exactly to 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 is 28.429mm (rounded to 28.5mm) in 1:35 scale. The set barrel measures out exactly 28.5mm making it one of the most accurate of those available as it also includes the smaller sized collar holes mentioned above.

The parts are machined very cleanly with no clean-up or other alterations needed to fit the barrel and flash suppressor together before fitting to the target kit.

Assembled barrel
Adlers Nest

While you can use this barrel on any available FlaK38 kit it seems ready made to fit the the Dragon FlaK38 (kit #6288) as all you need do is cut off the plastic barrel, drill a small locating hole and fit the metal barrel, all very quick and easy.

Barrel fitted to Dragon kit 2cm gun
Adlers Nest

This 2cm barrel from Adlers Nest has the correct length barrel and flash suppressor holes and makes for an excellent barrel. 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.

Note: this barrel set has been superceded by Adlers Nest 2cm Flak 38 barrel set #ANM35027/B

See a full comparison of available FlaK38 barrels which has been updated to include this barrel set.

FlaK382cm FlaK38
Muzzle Reference images
book2 cm Flakvierling 38
Nuts & Bolts Vol.27
Detlev Terlisten
bookGerman 20mm FlaK in WWII

By Werner Müller
Schiffer Military History
ISBN: 0-88740-758-7

Soft cover
47 pages

Panzer TracksLeichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
(Sd.kfz.10) Ausf.A and B and Variants
development and production from 1935 to 1945

Panzer Tracts No.22-1
ISBN 0-9815382-5-8
Thomas L. Jentz and Hilary Louis Doyle

Includes accurate 1:35 plans of the 2cm Flak 30
and 2cm Flak 38 early and late.

bookTamiya Photo Album 4
Tamiya Plastic Model Co.

Krupp Protze
Flak30, Flak38

book2cm FlaK 30/38 Sfl

Wydawnictwo Militaria 172

Thanks to my credit card and the excellent service fromRainbow Tenfor the review set.

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