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Author Topic: Aircraft Weapons Shells  (Read 3001 times)
John Thompson
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« on: December 04, 2011, 05:08:36 AM »

From Scalemodels.ru, a drawing showing relative sizes of aircraft machine gun and cannon shells:


Also a very interesting and detailed thread from the WWII in Color forum detailing Russian aircraft weapons of various kinds:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?5365-Soviet-Aircraft-Weapons.&s=8e6d67da218d9361c5f0f9a39d69a82d

Home page:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 02:07:04 PM »

Hi John,
this is a very interesting thread, well documented. Thank you for the link.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011, 10:01:16 PM »

I knew the NS-45 shell would be large, but I never gave much thought to how much larger than the ShKAS machine gun shell, for example. Imagine cramming a gun (and its ammunition load) of that size into the Yak-9K! Even the empty shell casings falling onto an unprotected person at ground level would create some risk of injury... Wink

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 01:24:02 AM »

I think it's interesting how much bigger the VYa 23mm shell is than the ShVAK 20mm shell.  I actually have a VYa spent cartridge and it is large; although it couldn't penetrate frontal armour on any tanks, it proved quite effective against lightly armoured and unarmoured vehicles such as armoured personnel carriers and trucks.  Its effect on German soldiers can well be imagined.
It is amazing that the Yak-9K could carry that huge 45mm cannon - I find it amazing it even carried the 37mm.

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