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Posted 4 years ago


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Father made bombs in WWII.

And also airplanes then.

Here is one with bullets.

And note the big size...

about 5 by 5 inches.

Plus the hole too...

for ?


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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Trench art P-38 made during WW2.

    The P-38 is the most common example, but it has a good following and is eagerly sought by trench art collectors.

    Without the shell stand, these usually sell in the $40- $65 range.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I have several examples posted.

    If you'd like to see them look at my items.

  3. Benking, 4 years ago
    Thanks Scott.

    But usually not that big?

    How much can one get?
  4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Yours is within the size range that is typically found.

    $40- $65 is typical for one that size without a stand.

  5. Benking, 4 years ago
    Thanks Scott!

    Can a stand be purchased easily?

    Or one had to create one?
  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Usually the stands are shell ash trays. They are on ebay all the time. It may require some work to weld a small brass wire or attachment from the bullet center to the sit the plane on.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Here is an example of a complete one:

    Photos 3 and 5 show the attachment piece that I am talking about.

  8. Benking, 4 years ago
    I am lost.

    Do you have an example of shell ash trays?

    URL of yours or Ebay??

    Please Scott.
  9. Benking, 4 years ago
    Wow, that is great!

    Is that yours?

    How much do you think is wanted on that one on Ebay?

  10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    You will find a lot on ebay. Do a search for "trench art ashtray" and many will pop up. Anyone with a bullet center (and no lighterin the bullet) will work.

    Here is ONE example currently on ebay:

  11. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Based on the size of your P-38, I'd look for an ashtray that is made from a 75mm shell, with a 50cal round in the center.

    It will be marked on the bottom with 75mm.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Word of warning, Japanese and German shells will bring more money than a US shell.

    If you give it a week or two, you should be able to find a good ashtray for about $10- $15.

    I would be happy to "check out" one that interest you and give me 2 cents!

  13. Benking, 4 years ago

    These bullets are American, Canadian, German...
    how can one tell?
  14. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    The easiest way to tell is to look at the base. If there is an Eagle or swastika-- then most likely German. If you see character style writing, then most likely it is Japanese.

    I just tell you so that you understand prices.

  15. Benking, 4 years ago
    Thanks very much Scott!

    I see two which are maybe marks, but likely not;
    my eyes are not that good to-day!

    Computor having trouble...

    Any differences between American and Canadian, maybe?
  16. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    If you post some links to the ones you are looking at, I may be able to tell if they are US or another country.

    With the exception of German and Japanese shells, I haven't seen collectors care that much or put any premium.

  17. Benking, 4 years ago
    No links!

    i have it!
  18. Benking, 4 years ago

    Are these real bullets STILL?
  19. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    REAL bullets, REAL casings but NO powder.

    I have seen some with the primer intact, so I guess you could get a loud boom and ringing ears from some if you went at them with a hammer and pin!

  20. Benking, 4 years ago
    No powder?
  21. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 4 years ago
    No gun powder. Especially obvious in a model like this where the rounds were cut apart to be used.
  22. Benking, 4 years ago
    I appreciate the safety news!

    Thanks Rambow!
  23. Benking, 4 years ago
    These wonderful P-38 broke the sound barrier?

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