Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie,Carrier M.G. (Aust.) No.1 (LP1)

The fenders for the Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie are nearing completion. The basic frames and covers are now in place. The small internal lockers in the front fenders have yet to be completed. Looking at the armoured car from the side it now resembles a Sd.Kfz.261 4.Serie as it is still without the turret. The fenders are a very complex construction with multiple complex angles. These have been resolved and are now on show. The spare wheel mount for the Sd.Kfz.222 is now ready to have the wheel bolts fitted and for the structure to be fitted to the side of the hull. This will done next week.

Our research into the origins of the M.G. (Aust.)No.1 our ‘LP1’ is continuing. Last week’s article covered some of the famous names involved in the inception of the ‘LP1’. This week continues the theme covering the background to the design and production process and armour plate use at the time in 1940. There is much primary archive data on the subject which we will continue to bring to you via Inside Track our online magazine.

A major breakthrough has been achieved with our original example of a vehicle stowed air compressor pump for the tyres in our armoured cars. This will be unveiled in due course in Inside Track once we have completed the final preparation of the pump to show you our members. We believe this pump was also carried by some armoured half tracks. Research into this area has yet to be started.

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