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Dec 8 12 3:30 PM

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A few weeks ago, someone on another Forum posted that he had handled a 1:1 Kar98K, and thought it rather short, coming up to around mid-thigh level, and then commenting that the VAM version comes to around waist height on our old chum. Now, I`ve also had the opportunity to handle "the Real McCoy", (albeit about 20 years ago), and don`t remember it being that short. I suspect that he may have actually handled a Gwehr 33/40, a slightly shorter  Czech-made version, used in large numbers by the Germans. Anyhoo, I did a bit of checking.
The venerable Kar98K was 43.5" long (the 33/40 was 39.37"), so a 1/6th version should be 7.25" long, and the VAM model is indeed 7.25" long.
While I was at it, I also checked up on a few other weapons. The Garand M1 was also 43.5" long, and the VAM version is 7.25".

Oddly, the 30th Anniversary MAM version is a mere 7" - strange, considering how much over-scale all the rest of the MAM kit was.
The M1 Carbine was 35.6" long, working out at about 5.94" in 1/6th, which matches the VAM version.

The Arisaka Type 99 was 44.1" long, working out as 7.35" in 1/6th, and here Hasbro slipped up slightly, as the Joe version is 7.2" long.
So there you go. Captain Pedantic signing off...

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Dec 8 12 6:21 PM

kar is 

Weight3.7 kg (8.2 lb) - 4.1 kg (9.0 lb)
Length1,110 mm (43.70 in)
Barrel length600 mm (23.62 in)
M1 G
Weight9.5 lb (4.31 kg) to 11.6 lb (5.3 kg)
Length43.5 in (1,100 mm)
Barrel length24 in (609.6 mm)
Weight3.35 kg (7.4 lb)
Length995 mm (39.2 in) (G 33/40 (t) 1,000 mm (39 in))
Barrel length490 mm (19 in)
m1 car 
Weight5.2 lb (2.4 kg) empty
Length35.6 in (900 mm)
Barrel length18 in (460 mm)
LE 303 
Weight4 kg (8.8 lb)
LengthSMLE: 44 in (1,118 mm)
Barrel lengthMLE: 30.2 in (767 mm)SMLE: 25.2 in (640 mm)

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Jun 14 13 10:30 PM

Am happy @ least to verify the lightness of M1 carbines, got to handle one a few years ago when casting it for a museum job. As a puny 13 yr old army cadet struggled with a 303 @ times weight wise, could not believe the lightness of the carbine. All those impressive US Marine displays @ Edinburgh Military Tattoos explained, but not envied for the closeness of lethal (?) steel. Low weight in combat weapons in WW2 obvious benefit, easy handling in peacetime in the U.S. an issue for them to discuss. Glad I just can't go out and buy a MG, in Surrey, God forbid!

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