The Browning M2 heavy machine gun needs no introduction. Serving the US Military for over 70 years, it is only out-lived by another Browning design, the Colt 1911. Several generations of fighting men and women all over the world have used the simple and effective design in all climes of combat. Though there have been several medium machine gun designs that have come and gone, the M2 proves that “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude, and has remained the main HMG in US inventory. It is hard to believe that the same gun mounted on Shermans during WWII also serves on the Stryker and Abrams today.
As prevalent as it is, achieving the detail of the M2 in 1/48 has been a challenge. Most plastic kits represent the gun as a “stick on a box”, and some resin has been marginally better, offering at least an attempt at the cooling jacket, feed and ejection ports, and trigger mechanisms. Some white metal offerings did better, but again offered marginal improvement, mostly having to do with the classic method of scratch-building a master, and then casting copies. Detail was limited to a person’s eyesight, tools, and materials of choice.