The rewiring of the Sd.Kfz.222 took a giant leap forward this week. The Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie engine was started using the starter knob on the instrument panel. The battery is charging when the vehicle runs, the wiring is in place for the two rear light fittings – Notek and brake light. We have started to fit the Halter Fuer Sprengminen explosive charge stowage cases on the rear fenders. How the lights fit in relation to the cases is what is currently being assessed. Part 2 of the research into these Halter Fuer Sprengminen explosive charge containers and their fitting is in this week’s edition of our Inside Track journal.
The tap tops for the various fuel tank taps are being 3D printed. This has happened a few times but the reading resolution of this printing process is still in its infancy. We are working around that at present by increasing our drawing resolution and letter etc depth. When these return we will be able to assess whether any additional changes need to happen or we go directly to print.
The grenade holders are being assembled. The basic frame is being fitted with the cups, retainer springs and small tongue spring at the top of each grenade position. The spring clips have been fitted to the back bar on the driver’s door for the Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie, Sd.Kfz.223 3.Serie and will shortly be completed for the Sd.Kfz.261 5.Serie.
A good group of additional components were secured this week. More radio strap fittings, width indicators for the Sd.Kfz.261, hooks for the armoured cars and the Sd.Kfz.250 projects. A wonderful British Army campaign map of the Falaise area was secured. This will form an important backdrop to the Frundsberg Division Sd.Kfz.250 A when completed.