The final wheel station is nearly complete for the Sd.Kfz 223 3 Serie. The team’s experience and proficiency grows with each completed wheel station assembly. The interior of the chassis is also receiving attention. The prop shaft has been blasted and painted and will be fitted next week. The 4 wheel steering fittings have already been fitted. The focus away from this is to establish replacement brake lines and rubber gaiters with the correct bellows and protective flexible metal pipe. This is an interesting exercise as we discover just how far the cheap replacements from China have pervaded the market and largely replaced the authentic looking material. The images advertised are often not what is to be delivered.
A parallel focus by a group within the team is to gather all the lubrication Verteiler units together and create an inventory of what is required for each vehicle versus what we have either in stock or with the vehicles themselves already. Some components will have to be sourced but thankfully only a few. All three armoured car lubrication system parts have been recorded and a requirement list has been generated for the Sd.Kfz 223, Sd.Kfz 222 and Sd.Kfz 261. The image alongside is the group of spare lubrication units.
The protective mesh screen material for the Sd.Kfz 222 and Sd.Kfz 261 has been located. This is also required internally for the Sd.Kfz 223, the Sd.Kfz 222 and Sd.Kfz 261. An order is being quantified to be submitted next week.
The correct wire mesh replacement for one of the Jagdpanther fan covers has been located from the same source and will be placed in the same order.
Have a good weekend