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Das Abteilung

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  1. Even if the outer ring diameters are correct or close enough, there is still the minor problem of needing to completely replace the centre section between the rings as the geometry will be completely different for the increased width. Difficult shape to scratchbuild.
  2. They were indeed called Pheasant: 17pdr Mk1. On 25 pdr carriages as the ordnance was ready but the new carriage for it was not. However, it is reputed in several online sources that 50x 3" 16cwt AT guns were created earlier on field mounts as an emergency expedient along with 50 converted for the Churchill 3" Gun Carriers. The towed guns were apparently allocated 50:50 to Home and Middle East and were probably superior to the shorter barrel 6pdr (MkII?) then in service. They certainly threw twice the shell weight at a decent velocity. It should be noted that the US also put the 3" M7 gun from the M10 on a field carriage from the 105mm howitzer. But one hole in this story is that the 3" 16cwt were said to be mounted on 17pdr carriages, which would be impossible as they pre-dated that carriage being available. The 25pdr carriage would have been suitable - it took the much more powerful 17pdr - and was about the only available carriage that was suitable. That possible use of the same 25pdr carriage by both weapons may be part of the confusion by sources not specifically identifying the 17pdr Mk1 carriage. If such a weapon existed, there don't seem to be any photos of it.
  3. One thing might work against your otherwise sound deduction. Width. Panther's 660mm tracks were more than 50% wider than the Pz IV's 40cm. Even allowing for the greater inset from the outside edge on Panther tracks, I would think the PzIV sprocket would be much too narrow for Panther. Unlike the M4 sprocket, which used the same toothed rings on a wider hub between VVSS and HVSS suspension types, the complex one-piece cast design of the PzIV sprocket does not readily permit width adjustment. Otherwise, the concept of re-using parts is a sound one and it does look as if the same design concept was adopted. Perhaps the casting master was adapted to make a wider part, but the angles would necessarily have changed if the hub and outer diameters remained the same. A new parallel-sided central section cannot simply be added as with the M4 example. The arrangement of the holes for the securing bolts for the outer toothed rings is interesting. As is the multiplicity of securing holes in the inner rim where the sprocket attaches to the hub, especially considering the radial forces exerted there.
  4. Good lord! Did the driver really sit with his back to a Really Big Radiator? Presumably the airflow was in through the cab and out into the load bed. Must have been a mite chilly. And a cab heater which pre-heats the air before entering the radiator seems counter-productive.
  5. Bovington's 251 Ausf C (a riveted one) was originally a /8 but has sadly lost all of its interior and its rear doors over the years. Possibly when it was loaned out in 1950/51 to a film company for the film "Hotel Sahara" and fitted with a pedestal 2cm gun mount. I understand that it is shortly to go back on display but without any restoration. In any case, while the interior layout of the /8 would have been similar between Ausf C and D, the fittings etc would necessarily have been different for the different hull shapes.
  6. I only said they offered one.......................!! I'm no AML expert but the pictures did look a little "off" to me. Hard to put right in resin, I suspect.
  7. My, my - this "kit" needs a lot of help. The definitions of "detail" and "construction kit" have clearly lost something in translation!! Stonking work, Herr Roter Mantel.
  8. I thought the brighter green was meant to be verdigris / wet slime in the wet winter conditions!
  9. The 3" ammunition would not have been directly compatible, if for no other reason than it used a necked case and the Russian case was straight tapered. But it might conceivably have been possible to alter the chamber. However, as the UK measured calibre across the lands our 3" / 76.2mm ammunition would have been 1.2mm too large for the Pak 36r bore. Complete re-barrelling would not have been practical. We were in desperate need of more effective AT guns in the desert and the ability to re-use the PaK 36r somehow would have been tantalising. In that respect about 50 3" 20cwt AA gun were made into the little-known 3" 16cwt AT gun, possibly on a 25pdr carriage (and 50 more fitted to the Churchill Gun Carrier as a proposed tank destroyer), and half of these went to the Middle East. The 3" cartridge case was later mated to the 17pdr shell to make the HV 77mm ammunition for Comet. So it wasn't a puny weapon. Errors in books are sadly not uncommon, but are often included in good faith based on faulty witness interview recollections or incorrect or contradictory surviving paperwork. I suspect that the story has become confused. Knowing now that some (little-known) British-built 3" 16cwt AT guns were sent to the desert the original story may have been a comparison between the 2 weapons. Up to 120 3" AA guns were abandoned by BEF in France, but AFAIK there is no evidence of German re-use of them - probably because of the calibre incompatibility. A handful were exported to Finland during the Winter War but that was the only export.
  10. I did a couple of RAF Landies in 1/35 using both masked yellow paint and yellow decal strip with rub-down lettering. Dry lettering also for ERM plates. Roundels in assorted styles are available in scales from1/144 to 1/24 from various manufacturers. You obviously want the style with equal-width rings (Type A or D?). You should be able to calculate your 1/24 size to match something in 1/48 or 1/72. Model Hobbies have a range of decal sets including roundels. I'm sure other sellers do too. Here's a reasonably-priced set from Mark 1 in 1/144 which might be ideal for small roundels in larger scales. https://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/mark-i-decals-1144-raf-type-d-roundels-2-sets--14406-86682-p.asp
  11. Bearing in mind that it is an all-metal vehicle and that any variety of RPG 7 or 16 will go through 300mm+ of RHA. A Javelin can manage 540mm. I believe the baseline requirement is protection against 14.5mm front and side. Doubtless it will end up sporting slat/cage and possibly composite applique add-on modules. Germany didn't up-armour their Boxers in Afghanistan, but then they didn't venture out as much or as far as UK forces and were in a generally safer area. The choice we came very close to selecting back in 2007 under FRES was effectively the Piranha V as recently bought by Denmark in preference to Boxer. An equally vast slab-sided wagon which is 50% taller than the M113s it will replace. I remember it being said at a high level that we would never buy back into Boxer because of the political embarrassment over the £48M+ we'd spent on it for nothing. I guess it embarrasses less more than a decade later....................... The announcement breaks the convention that such major public investment decisions are not made in the few months before an election, but I guess the argument would be that an election and its date were uncertain. Piranha III and AMV users are realising that they don't have the necessary survivability and weight growth potential, as FRES identified more than a decade ago, and that being able to fly such a vehicle in a C130 is an impossible contradiction. Modern infantrymen also now occupy significantly more width and height inside the vehicle, especially with suspended seating over double floors. We will undoubtedly see the rise of significantly larger 8x8s like Boxer and Piranha V. The Russian Bumerang isn't exactly pocket-sized.
  12. Bovington's MkV does not currently have a wrapped exhaust, but the pipe looks a little too new and bright to be 101/2 years old and is possibly not original bearing in mind that it was parked outside for many years. What is there now is dull silver and potentially galvanised. Unlike the Mk IV there are no factory variations for the Mk V as they were all built by BRCW, by then under Metroplitan control.
  13. The top run of the exhaust pipe across the hull top might have been wrapped with asbestos "bandage". Some Mk IVs certainly had this. I used thin masking tape on one of my Mk IVs. It is plausible that the exhaust pipes might have been galvanised, one of the few corrosion protection techniques then available. A dull metallic grey rather than bright.
  14. Seems very unlikely. The Pak 36r was an adaption of the M1936 F-22 field gun, and later the ZIS-3. Neither related in any way to any British 3" AA gun. In any case, we weren't on friendly terms with Soviet Russia until after Barbarossa, so any 3" '20cwt' AA provided to Russia from 1942 would have been too late to have been captured, converted and shipped to N Africa. 3" AA had a very much shorter and thicker barrel and was never on a split-trail carriage. It was a turntable weapon. The Russian guns needed muzzle brakes to reduce recoil. Very different weapons. Most PaK 36r were re-chambered for the longer PaK 40 ammunition to ensure continued supply. Because Russia measured calibre across the rifling grooves, the Russian 76.2mm guns were 75mm by German standards as they measured across the lands. Re-use of captured German equipment was often investigated in N Africa. It is plausible that a 36r in its original Russian chambering might have been examined for compatibility with 3" AA ammunition, and might possibly have been compatible or able to be made compatible. Before the US 75mm ammunition arrived with the M3 Mediums that was the only remotely compatible ammunition we had. In a reverse example, captured (superior) German APHE and HE ammunition for the 7.5cm KwK 37 was adapted to work with the US M2 and M3 guns by swapping the projectiles and skimming their driving bands to fit.
  15. MMK have a WOT 2 station wagon, but this is a GS type. Costly. I've only built one MMK and it was poor at best (other 4 letter words are available!). The Dnepro kits look interesting but are very costly. Some time ago I put together parts for a Dutch Ford pickup with a water cooled .5 Browning AA in the back. That project was to use a 1/32 diecast Ford pickup as a basis. Can't for the life of me remember the brand now. Setting aside the scale differences, have a cast around 1/32 scale.
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