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Article about: I have a model of a German "88" Anti-aircraft artillary piece. Does anyone know how I can find a value for it. I found one very similar listed on the web but I'm not sure I trust t

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    I have a model of a German "88" Anti-aircraft artillary piece. Does anyone know how I can find a value for it. I found one very similar listed on the web but I'm not sure I trust the site. The description is almost identical, though. Here is how they described it:

    Cal. 22 Blank. Marvelous piece of machining, this scale model was probably built as a presentation to a high ranking artillery officer or other WWII German Nazi official. It has a 12" smooth bore stepped rnd bbl with recoiling breech block mounted on rails with dummy recoil cylinders in the bottom front. It has functioning hand wheel elevation that will elevate 90 degrees from horizontal to vertical and a traversing hand wheel that will rotate the entire cannon on its base 360 degrees. The base is about 5-1/2" diameter of solid machined steel with a 1" thick rim that is slightly tapered upward to the center which has a 2-3/4" x 1/4" raised platform upon which is mounted the tapered pedestal for the cannon itself. The right side of the frame has a functioning azimuth indicator. The elevation hand wheel/gear train is a marvel of miniaturization engineering. The handles on the hand wheel are microscopically serrated. The recoiling breechblock is about 1-5/8" long x 1-1/4" wide x 1" thick and is attached to the spring-loaded cylinder mounted atop the bbl just as in the original. Right side of breechblock is marked "MOD. 1937 / CAL. 8,8 / GEW.". Top of breechblock has a small articulated handle that functions as the trigger. The removable cartridge holder with striker is 1-7/8" long with a knurled head and is secured into the breechblock with three lugs. Right side of cartridge holder has a small Luger-type striker which engages the sear which is attached to the trigger/handle. The nose of this device is removable for sgl shot loading of blank cartridges. The base of this beautiful little piece is stamped "BAMBERG - GERMANY / O11" on the large diameter and "ERNST MEHLING" on the raised area in the center. The number "11" was found on most of the visible parts. A truly spectacular piece for the avid and dedicated military collector. The German 88 was the most versatile and feared artillery piece used during WWII. It had great range with pinpoint accuracy and with a superior velocity was able to penetrate any allied armor. It could be mounted on a tank or as a field piece or as a field howitzer or, as in this case, an anti-aircraft gun. It was another marvel of German engineering. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its orig metal finish on the gun itself with the base being a mottled silver/brown patina. Mechanics are fine and functional.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Hi.

    Do you have eney pics of this thanks.

    VAMPY

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    Here are some pictures of it.
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    that is one cool toy.

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    Thanks for adding some pics. What a super little item! Never ever seen one before, so I could only guess at a value?

    Cheers, Ade.

    PS: Welcome to the forum!

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    HI

    That is awsome i love it do all the spinning wheels work? and can you actually fire that thing?
    Thanks

    VAMPY

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    Yes, everything is functional. It rotates on its base 360 degrees and changes elevation from 0 to about 90 degrees. It fires 22 caliber blanks. My dad fired it for me when I was much younger but I can tell the firing pin still works. I just haven't fired it in years.

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    I love it

    I want one

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I noticed this forum and wondered if you had found out any information on your little Flak 88? I have serial number 17 of the same gun. It appears to be identical to yours with the exception of the serial number. Please let me know if you have any further info or if you would be interested in selling yours. Thanks

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