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1.) Maybe I am playing catch up, but while constructing my most recent SD-48 pack, I noticed the so-called 'mortar' tube on the side of the packs seem to vary in size?!

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If you examine the trooper on the left, you will notice he is closer to the camera, yet his mortar is shorter than the trooper on the right. Are these two types of weapons? One has a top, the other does not also.

Question: What are the accepted lengths? Is there an official MEPD adopted length? (what are we going with)

2.) While we are on the subject, the lack of bipod, elevation equipment and pintle leads me to believe these are not mortars, but Anti-Armor/Anti-Tank weapons like the US M72 LAW rocket. This was common during the time period during the 1970's where US Troops (recently redeployed from Vietnam) carried LAWs attached to their webgear as did British Commandos at the time. The M72 LAW rocket was a common individually carried anti-tank weapon. Mortars, 60mm and 81mm were NOT carried my individuals, as they are a crew-served type weapon and would have limitted numbers. The lowest level to be allocated would be Company Level, not our typical 7-Trooper squad. HOWEVER at the Infantry squad level, you should very well see invidual Anti-armor weapons assigned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M72_LAW

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_infantry_mortars

Soldier with smallest caliber mortar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M224_Mortar

Question: What is is?! Or are we all wrong and is it a bedroll with sleeping matt?

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well, I can tell you what it's made of.

- a black tube of some sort

- Possibly the same white end caps as the Stormtrooper O2 canister.

- Tupperware pop-top (aka radar dish)

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well, I can tell you what it's made of.

- a black tube of some sort

- Possibly the same white end caps as the Stormtrooper O2 canister.

- Tupperware pop-top (aka radar dish)

Currently I am using the end caps of the FX mortar tube and plate fixed to a pipe approximately the appearence length of "Move Along Trooper" on the right. The dial was vacuformed. Someone sold the piece to me on ebay but I am trying to build another identical one for my "guest" armor pack for friends to troops with in.

I picked up Alvin Ice tubs and they are noticably thicker and longer. As is, they look like superb with the end caps painted white and a panel, but don't I'm guessing they need cutting.

Mike, did you cut out part of the diameter to make yours?

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