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    Posted 9 years ago

    Benking
    (40 items)

    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 ?

    Value?

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 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.

      Scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      I have several examples posted.

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

      Scott
    3. Benking, 9 years ago
      Thanks Scott.

      But usually not that big?

      How much can one get?
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Yours is within the size range that is typically found.

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

      Scott
    5. Benking, 9 years ago
      Thanks Scott!

      Can a stand be purchased easily?

      Or one had to create one?
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 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.

      Scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Here is an example of a complete one:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-1943-Brass-P38-Fighter-Artillery-Shell-Machine-Gun-Bullet-Trench-Art-Ashtray-/110835984399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19ce56e80f

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

      Scott
    8. Benking, 9 years ago
      I am lost.

      Do you have an example of shell ash trays?

      URL of yours or Ebay??

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

      Is that yours?

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

    10. scottvez scottvez, 9 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:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-TRENCH-ART-ASHTRAY-75MM-BASE-/130659286834?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e6be67f32

      Scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 9 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.

      Scott
    12. scottvez scottvez, 9 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!

      Scott
    13. Benking, 9 years ago
      Sure!

      These bullets are American, Canadian, German...
      how can one tell?
    14. scottvez scottvez, 9 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.

      Scott
    15. Benking, 9 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, 9 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.

      Scott
    17. Benking, 9 years ago
      No links!

      i have it!
    18. Benking, 9 years ago
      Thanks!

      Are these real bullets STILL?
    19. scottvez scottvez, 9 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!

      Scott
    20. Benking, 9 years ago
      No powder?
    21. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 9 years ago
      No gun powder. Especially obvious in a model like this where the rounds were cut apart to be used.
    22. Benking, 9 years ago
      I appreciate the safety news!

      Thanks Rambow!
    23. Benking, 9 years ago
      These wonderful P-38 broke the sound barrier?

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