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Photographer: Sergey Gaydenkov

Miniature “Imperial German Soldier with Wex Flamethrower” (scale 1:24)

Replica of the original miniature by Jeff Shiu “Imperial German Flameflower w / M1917 (Wex)” in a 1:24 scale, hand-painted by the author. The base is made of acrylic gypsum, which gave the figure stability. Changed the eyepieces of the gas mask, which now have a mesh structure.

Airbrush painting. Paints — Vallejo. Flushing — Tamiya. Wax paints True Metal.

Historical reference:
“Wechselapparat”, also known as “Wex”, is a German World War I knapsack flamethrower designed to replace the “Kleif” flamethrower. It was introduced in 1917. The name “Wechselapparat” literally means “exchangeable apparatus”, since initially several apparatuses of this type worked with a single hose and fog nozzle. However, practice has shown that it is difficult to quickly flip a hose with a fog nozzle from one device to another, so each flamethrower was equipped with its own hose and fog nozzle. But the abbreviated name “Wex” remains.

“Wex” consisted of a wearable device, a reservoir for a flammable liquid and a gas cylinder (nitrogen). The tank for combustible liquid had the form of a lifebuoy with a capacity of 11 l and was made of tin with a thickness of 1.5 mm (0.06 in). From the Wex flamethrower it was possible to make approx. 18 fire shots. Continuous fire spraying was possible for 20 seconds. Jet range — approx. 25 meters (82 ft).

Due to the color rendition of some devices, the color of the product may slightly differ from what is shown in the photographs or displayed on the screen of your device.


  • Plastic
  • Resin (acrylic)

Dimensions and weight

15 cm
5.9 in
10 cm
3.9 in
25 cm
9.8 in
700 g
1 lb 8.7 oz

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