The Sd.Kfz.222 4. Serie armoured hull is now here in the fitting and machining workshop. The hull interior plotting is underway. All of the fittings are now identified and now what remains is to accurately position these within the interior. Many traces of where fittings once were are evident but determining exactly what device was fitted on which tabs is now the focus. We are awaiting the fitting of the oil filter to the engine before we are able to run it for the first time.
Drawings for the carb air inlet manifold are currently underway. This has been covered in an introductory piece in this week’s Inside Track describing what research has been done, what source documentation we are using and what artefacts have assisted us. The drawings will be completed next week and should allow for a 3D printed example as a proof copy in 2 weeks. We will cover this in Inside Track as we progress.
The dashboard or instrument panel for the Ausf.A armoured cars (Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie, Sd.Kfz.223 3.Serie, Sd.Kfz.223 4.Serie is also being drawn up. This will be completed once the air inlet manifold is behind us.
Instrumentation and fittings are being gathered for our two South African Reconnaissance Car Marmon Herrington Mk III. This will allow us ample time for more items to be secured before the project begins in over 2 years time. The location of these parts and fittings is simpler than their German WWII counterparts but quality is the target.