Remember that having crummy photos and little desire to answer questions doesn't always make a seller "shady" or hiding something. I don't sell too often (as I tend to lose money) but can tell you that I frequently received questions and requests from folks making demands for more detailed photos and asking semi-crazy questions. Some of the ones who were the most demanding eventually didn't even bid. I'm never surprised when a seller doesn't respond or does so with brief and largely unhelpful responses. Imagine how many questions/requests some of these guys receive when they have multiple auctions going. Also realize that many sellers don't know anything about German WW2 arms. I'm not excusing bad seller behavior, just making an attempt to add some perspective on it. From our end, the purpose of the exercise is to acquire cool stuff as cheaply as possible. In the case of this auction, I likely would have not asked for any additional info and would have taken the seller at his word that the metal parts matched. The final bid on this one was not much more than an average RC goes for. I definitely would have considered rolling the dice.