Of course they are different but they are both considered part of the plastic family and have more similarities than differences. Both Bakelite and reinforce thermoplastic can vary in a wide spectrum themselves and even from batch to batch of the same item depending on mixture ratios and difference of the binders that are used.Thats the difference, and pretty substantial in my mind. I have quite a few WWII German items and electronic components made from Bakelite. Difference is quite obvious to me.
Would the Russian mixtures/ratios make the Russian "bakelites" any stonger/brittle/etc. than the E. German 74 bakelites, for example?!?
I've wondered about the strengh of these bakelite mags myself before and what they are made of.
Im gonna have to agree with this. The Germans were/are very anal people and have always made higher quality products then other country's.I would speculate the E. German mags would consistently rate higher to holding the manufacturing specifications and build quality per engineering design than the Russians.