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Manufacturing The Iron Cross

Article about: Here are a few images of a maker crafting a iron cross , if you have some more please post here , would love to see more .

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    Sounds a logical reason Marc!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    Previous thread from 2012 with some great photos of the manufacturing process, EK manufacturing process in pictures!

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    Quote by duska View Post
    Previous thread from 2012 with some great photos of the manufacturing process, EK manufacturing process in pictures!
    Thanks , nice pictures .

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    While not Ek's exactly, these images show how the badges were stamped from strips. These were dug up during construction work and posted years ago on the forum but I cannot find the post to give credit.

    What is interesting is that you can see scrap from KVK's, Luft qualification clasps, ground combat badges and more!!

    Hope this adds to the thread?
    Cheers, Dan
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    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    thanks Dan , much appreciated very interesting pics , keep em coming

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    Here is a die set for a Iron cross EK2

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    Why do you suppose they didn't melt back down the scrap and make new sheets to stamp from? Or, was this from bombed out factories or after production stopped post war where they just didn't get the chance?
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Quote by Gunny Hartmann View Post
    I reckon they would have been recycled, resources were tight in nazi Germany!...
    This might explain why! They kept throwing out their scrap metal.

    There must be a reason these heaps of scrap were found. Probably due to the war ending before they could be reused or some such thing.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Quote by avenger View Post
    This might explain why! They kept throwing out their scrap metal.

    There must be a reason these heaps of scrap were found. Probably due to the war ending before they could be reused or some such thing.
    Recycling metal is not as easy as it first seems. The scrap has to go back to the smelter, processed to remove the impurities and oils, new ingots produced, then to a rolling mill, then to the slitting and coiling processes and back to the steel merchants to complete the cycle ( in this particular case ). If you look at your local scrap recycling plant there are MOUNTAINS of scrap there waiting to be reused. In Australia we ship our scrap to Asia to be processed. It is simply cheaper to make from new ore than recycling ( now & then ) ......... and no-one is blowing up the freight trains today!!!

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Quote by Danmark View Post
    and no-one is blowing up the freight trains today!!!
    That probably does help.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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