The First World War was the war of the Lewis light machine gun.

The British adopted the Lewis gun as their standard light machine gun in 1915, thus beginning a "love affair" that was to last for several decades. The value of the weapon was gradually discovered by troops of other countries and was venerated by Australian, French, Norwegian, Russian, Canadian, and German troops who employed it.

Excerpted from "The Lewis Gun" by J. David Truby, an excellent source of information on the .303 caliber Lewis machine gun developed by Isasc Lewis in 1915.

 


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Full-Size Replica Lewis Gun Parts Set
(Aircraft & Infantry versions)
   

This new parts set can be used to replicate the Aircraft or Infantry versions of the full-size Lewis Gun. Parts are vacuum formed from 0.060" thick ABS plastic. Simple materials like a 1/2" wooden dowel, ABS adhesive, expanding foam, paint, and other bits are used to build up the full-size replica. You can be as creative as you want with regards to detailing. Included in the formed parts set (as shown above) is the two receiver halves, 97 round ammo drum, and handle set. The 97 round ammo drum mold was created using an actual Lewis drum. Trim it in half to create the 47 round drum.

The Aircraft Lewis



Full size compared to 7/8ths version

Full size replica with 47 round drum under construction

Due to the various different barrel and shroud versions of the Lewis these parts are supplied as a "short kit". The builder supplies necessary materials to complete the desired barrel & gas tube or cooling shroud. Formed parts for the full-scale short-kit Aircraft version Lewis including the receiver halves, feedtray, handle halves, and ammo drum as shown above is $95 plus shipping.

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The Infantry Lewis    


Infantry version Lewis under construction



Additional parts for the infantry version Lewis replica
 

The full-scale parts set for the infantry version includes the receiver halves, feed tray, ammo drum, stock set, PVC barrel shroud (white PVC) with stand-offs and tip.
Infantry version parts set is $140 plus shipping.

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Here's a copy of the assembly instructions for the infantry version Lewis.


   

Full-size replica ABS Lewis Drum (with faux ammo tray) $35 plus shipping.

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The original 7/8ths Scale Replica Lewis Gun Parts Set

 
 


Brief video clip of the Propane Powered 7/8ths Lewis replica mounted on Nieuport 11 N124TD

For more info on the Nieuport check out www.foxflier.com/nieuport

Parts are vacuum formed from 0.060" thick ABS plastic. Included in the 7/8th scale set (as shown above) are vacuum formed parts including the two receiver halves, ammo drum, barrel / muzzle brake, feed tray, and handle base. You simply supply a 20" piece of 2" diameter ABS or PVC pipe to make the cooling shroud (available at any home supply store) adhesive, paint, and simple materials (wooden dowel, sheet metal, etc) to form a trigger, handle loop, handle, and mount to create a "stand-off" scale Lewis replica. Detailing is limited only by your imagination.

Don't let that Graham Lee Nieuport, or other 7/8ths scale replica, go around unarmed!!!

Actual Nieuport 11 "Bebe armed with a Lewis
Photos of a completed replica assembled using the ABS formed parts
Johnny Nimmon's Nieuport 17 armed with the replica Lewis gun built from the ABS parts. The replica Lewis was assembled in 4 hours and mounted in 3 hours.

 

The 7/8ths kit includes assembly instructions and the booklet "How I Built the 7/8 Scale Propane Powered Lewis Gun". The booklet describes how the author adapted a gas-gun design to provide realistic sound to the replica Lewis. Single sets are $75 plus shipping.

 


 

I also offer 7/8ths ammo drum shells individually that can be built into displays. A couple of spare ammo drums in a "saddle bag" add a realistic touch to your gun, or use the drum to build up your own 7/8 scale Lewis gun. Drums are $25 each plus shipping.

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Please note, NO actual parts to build a gas powered version are included in the kit, only the vacuum formed parts shown above to build a static display are included.

Click here if you're interested in some info on the propane powered Lewis.

And check out this great INSTRUCTABLE provided by nomuse on How to Assemble and Detail A Vacuum Formed Plastic Model.

   
SOME FULL-SIZE & 7/8ths EXAMPLES BUILT BY CUSTOMERS

Look at this fantastic full-size Lewis replica built using the formed shells by Geert Woosen's team in Belgium. They're rebuilding a Morane Saulnier Parasol L with an original LeRhone 9C rotary!
Check out John Magnan's GREAT looking 7/8ths Lewis replica that was built using the ABS shells and will be mounted on a Nieuport replica.

Some pictures of a beautiful example assembled by Richard Pullen and members of Friends of the Lincoln Tank in the UK. This is a Lewis mounted in a replica WWI Lincoln Tank sponson that the organization has built.


Finally, here's a 7/8ths replica Lewis being mounted to the wing of a WWI Nieuport 11 fighter N124TD located near Houston Texas -- and the finished bird.

 

Click here to download the 360Kb PDF version of the assembly instructions.

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