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Military Rust by MikeDoscher Military Rust by MikeDoscher
This is my dummy MG42 (okay M-53 dammit =P) and my partial MG34. The differences between them in terms of construction details are really quite striking. It's also possible to tell a little about their histories and the long journeys they've been on from the markings and other clues.

The MG34 shroud is marked 'DOT 1944', which means it was make in occupied Czechoslovakia in 1944, in Brno. That factory was never bombed, and produced the MG34 right up until the city was overrun by the Soviets. This example has had the swastika-bearing acceptance marks ground off, and has been reblued a deep blue-black almost like hematite. These mark it as a gun that was probably used by the Czechoslovakian army. The bipod is a prewar example, as it has the logo of Gustloff Werke (of Suhl) stamped on it, rather than a three letter code like the barrel shroud.

The MG42 is mostly a Yugoslavian M-53, which was a postwar copy manufactured on captured tooling. Some of the internal parts have wartime codes, but no waffenamts (military acceptance codes). The codes place the parts as being made in the eastern part of Germany, but never making it into government hands. These facts tell a story of the parts going into Yugo hands from the GDR after WWII, but before Tito and Stalin fell out in 1948. Potentially, this weapon served in the Balkans Wars in the 90s, but I can't be sure. The finish on these is a much more matte brown/black/gray, indicating that the finish is parkerized, rather than blued.

With welding facilities and practice, I may eventually do rewelds of these to make legal semiautomatic weapons, but I'm in no hurry.

The line of questions that comes up with things such as these is often troubling: I am not a Nazi, nor am I any of a laundry list of other things. Including Batman. As to 'why do you need that lol' the answer really boils down to 'It pleases me to do so' (thank you, Mr. Lawrence). You could say that such things are a cure for Gnosticism, if you wanted to be obscure... and being obscure is one of my hobbies (Hey Jude).

I may do some foam copies someday, for the trooping and Pvt. Ryan crowds.
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Kaitimar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Would you believe if I told you I was taught to operate one in school? Former Yugoslavia, late eighties. Seems so surreal now. 
And I do believe Brno is in Chech republic.
Love your work by the way!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very right, I had the country wrong. What an embarrassing typo on my part!

With the way Yugoslavia was caught in the middle of things then, I'm not surprised. I'm glad you like my work. You do some very nice things as well. :)
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Kaitimar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thank you! I have been neglecting my deviant account, but I will try to rectify that.

If you find the time I recommend checking out Redemption falls by Chris Wooding - www.amazon.com/Retribution-Fal…
A dieselpunk world of airships and jet aircraft. When I first saw your ships they looked like something from that universe. If I ever find the time I might develop my doodles into some fan art. Influenced by your work, I am not ashamed of saying.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! I like what you've been putting up, and thank you for the link. I'm flattered you like my work, and am of course curious what you might come up with.
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Millitrix Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
What branch where when you were serving the military? 
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was never actually in the military myself, but growing up in southern California it was something that surrounded me. Miramar, Pendleton, Hughes and the Cold War were things that got me thinking about conflict in all its facets, I suppose.
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Millitrix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, okay.
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was471 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
In a doco i watched not long ago, i saw a Pakistani soldier manning an MG42 on a border checkpoint. Anyway, these weapons are not that old, they're still deadly.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, I'd seen a video still with something like that! I understand that they're also in current use in Iran and Austria, though with somewhat different pedigrees. From the soldier carvings on mine, I'm assuming it saw service in the Balkans in the 1990s. It's strange how these weapons travel, not just individually, but as part of a body of engineering and tactical doctrine.
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was471 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Interesting, i assume they're also in use in various parts of Asia,South America and Africa. Also, in Europe during WWII,it killed more Allied soldiers than any other weapon. Source-WWII magazine, July/August 2012, page 64; Hitler's Saw.
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