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Hey All,
Thought i'd try my hand at painting some recently acquired maxim armour for a "M1910 captured by the germans" feel. Im by no means an expert or painter but was a fun little quarantine project.
 

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Very nice...well done!
 

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Hey All,
Thought i'd try my hand at painting some recently acquired maxim armour for a "M1910 captured by the germans" feel. Im by no means an expert or painter but was a fun little quarantine project.
While the quality of the painting is very good, I think you got a littttle carried away with the colors. There is no way any gun was camouflaged that way unless it was setup in the hood in NYC.

In WWI the Germans basically used three colors separated by black borders. they were a muted green, a rust color brown, and a cream/mustard yellow color. The best way to get a understanding of what they looked like is to google WWI German helmets and look at the image examples of original M16 helmets that were painted. The Germans used those same colors on their machine gun water jackets and on the maxim armour. I have also seen it on the sniper/MG armor suits.

Now if you were just having fun with us, just ignore what I said above because I don't even own a German gun....
 

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While the quality of the painting is very good, I think you got a littttle carried away with the colors. There is no way any gun was camouflaged that way unless it was setup in the hood in NYC.

In WWI the Germans basically used three colors separated by black borders. they were a muted green, a rust color brown, and a cream/mustard yellow color. The best way to get a understanding of what they looked like is to google WWI German helmets and look at the image examples of original M16 helmets that were painted. The Germans used those same colors on their machine gun water jackets and on the maxim armour. I have also seen it on the sniper/MG armor suits.

Now if you were just having fun with us, just ignore what I said above because I don't even own a German gun....
I'd agree i went a little awry with my colors, the yellow didnt come out as dark as i wanted, dried light on me. And i'd swear i've seen shields with the lighter blue before (was a HUUGE shield for the mg08 sled) but am probably mistaken. Not trying to pulling anything on anyone, just enjoy a hobby i'm new to. Apologies.
 

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No need to apologize, just having some fun with you. But, if you were looking for correct WWI camo, take my suggestion and Google the helmets, body armor, and 08/15 & MG08 machine guns.
 

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This paint scheme might be more at home with a WWI Albatross fighter aircraft? However as you say a bit of fun and no harm done. It can always be removed. Check out the 08 and 08/15 thread for mimikri examples. 3 colour camouflage paint for the Germans was a late war directive but for MGs still relatively rare. Of course there were variants too on paint schemes, units, location, terrain, artistic imagination!!! all had a role.
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look forward to seeing the whole set put together!
 

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i like the painted stuff too.






 

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Haha, why not. I’ve got 7 Mg08’s and if I don’t paint them differently I can’t remember their names.
 
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7 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪 excellent. How about all the accessories. Anything in particular you are looking for?
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I’m pretty well set on most accessories. Wouldn’t mind a water jacket heater or a interwar set of action bars with an interwar lock. Possibly a real German 1916 tripod.
I bought some of these intending for them to be reborn as other maxims but I’ve about given up on that quest. It’s a hell of a lot easier to just buy the rare guns that are already working than to try and save other ones by cannibalizing parts from 08’s. I found that out first hand.
 

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Haha, why not. I’ve got 7 Mg08’s and if I don’t paint them differently I can’t remember their names.
7?! well, they have been going way undervalued as far as im concerned. if i had ample surplus funds i would likely do the same.
 

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7?! well, they have been going way undervalued as far as im concerned. if i had ample surplus funds i would likely do the same.
I'd be happy if i could afford 1!
 
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I think they are undervalued too, but that doesn’t mean they will ever go up much though. They are one of those strange instances like .50s that you frequently see semi conversions bringing more than transferable guns.
I only buy C&R 08’s and the last one was better than average with a nice late war sled. I sold the sled to a friend who had been looking for one a long time and for a fair price. I ended up with $9200 in the gun. It was advertised on the major boards for three months and I finally couldn’t look at it any longer. That’s 08/15 money for a 08.
 

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JMANN on one of your sled images the pads are hessian or cloth or ersatz material. Could you take some close up pictures? At some point the need to replace or repair these pads on many sleds is a real issue. I guess in the manufacturing days these were all ready made then fitted to the sled legs.
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Yes one of my sleds has cloth covered pads. They are a heavy canvas type material filled with horsehair similar to the leather pads, although even more fragile. All four pads are made of this material. The construction is identical to the leather pads and they are riveted to the sled in the same way, just the covering material of the horsehair differs.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Maybe some 15 years ago there was much talk about someone having made replacements using the original design? Any members aware of this - who when etc?
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I have never heard or seen replacements that looked anywhere close to original. If you locate some I have several sleds lacking the pads. To do properly the plates would need to be removed from the sled and then re riveted once new pads were properly attached to the plates. it would truly have to be someone trustworthy to send them the original plates off a sled.
 
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