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Does anyone know of the speceifics of the Soviet RPG with which Indiana Jones threatened to blow up the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders? Also, does it exist in 1/6th? Any light shed on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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First of all,it wasnt a Soviet RPG,the weapon he threatened the Ark with was found at the Nazi island base. The movie takes place in the mid 1930s and the Soviet RPG 2 wasnt delevoped until after WWII,and the RPG 7 was in the late 1950s. Indy can be seen holding a RPG 2 in the new movie.I cant find any photo references to an actual rocket launcher like the one he used. It must have been made up by Lucasfilm.
 

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I always thought it looked like the Twisting Toys German Late-WWII Experimental Panzerfaust 250



Not sure how realistic it was, but it looks close.

Good stuff to go has them for $12
 

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he was supposed to have a panzerfaust...the father of the RPG...just like the stg44 was the inspiration of the AK..but of course such things didnt exist in the 1930 era.hollywood never reads books.and no...no flying wings or africa corps at that time either.but you can try modifying a panzerfaust or using tubing and putty..it was just a simple prop to begin with.
 

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he was supposed to have a panzerfaust...the father of the RPG...just like the stg44 was the inspiration of the AK..but of course such things didnt exist in the 1930 era.hollywood never reads books.and no...no flying wings or africa corps at that time either.but you can try modifying a panzerfaust or using tubing and putty..it was just a simple prop to begin with.
It's true that the "rocket launcher" or RPG style weapon was developed much later than the time frame of this film but the prop used may be based on an RPG-2. There are a lot of these weapons on the market that have be demiliterized for collectors, reenactors, etc. Prop houses often take an existing weapon and either cannabilize it or add a few pieces as they see fit.

General Kalashnikov, who originally designed the AK-47, denies that the German StG-44 was in anyway inspiration or otherwise "copied" to create the AK-47. Of course we can only take the General at his word but a close inspection of how both weapons actually worked, were manufactured, and functioned would seem to verify Kalashnikov's claim. The weapons are superficially similar, mainly because of the banana style magazine, but the Soviets had already a curved banana style mag for weapons that preceeded the StG-44. One of the differences between the AK and StG-44 was the weight, nearly 11lbs for the StG-44 and a little over 8 for the AK. There's a lot of available info on the web describing the other differences between the two weapons but probably the most important one was the tolerances built into both weapons. The AK's receiver is machined with considerable clearances between the stationary and moving parts, this is the secret to the AK's success. The bolt will operate in almost any condition. Even with the receiver fouled and caked with mud this baby will fire. That was not the case with the StG-44, it was a touchy and precisely tooled weapon that had little forgiveness for the slightest amount of grit in the receiver. The legend that the famed AK-47 was copied from the StG-44 may be more myth than reality.
 

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While both weapons on the outside look similar,they need to be judged by whats inside.
The AK was inspired by the StG. by principal only,a weapon able to fire an intermediate round,larger then the pistol round and smaller than the full powered round rifles shot.
The AK had used several features from several other rifles of the era,the rotating bolt from the Garand and the trigger group from Browning. The StG. layout inspired modern rifles like Spanish CETME,German G3 and even the G36,all direct relatives of the StG.44.
You can look at these weapons compared to the AK and clearly see that the AK wasnt copied from the SturmGevehr.
 

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Hiya, y'all!

The German Faustpatrone and later Panzerfaust were inspired by the American M1 bazooka, captured during the fighting in North Africa. The M1 developement started in 1940, finally being fielded in 1942. The faustpatrone developement didn't start until the summer of 1942. Just an example of Hollywood bending history for theatrical effect!

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