The Sd.Kfz.223 3.Serie small side stowage bins are now complete save for blasting and painting. They have been fitted to the side doors of the armoured car. The large stowage bin is underway and will be completed early next week (see main image). The very complicated Ramenantenna frame antenna hoist mechanism is almost complete. This has involved a great deal of machining and will end with a worm and wheel being fitted to the main aluminium housing which takes the handle mechanism which allows for the raising and lowering of the Ramenantenna. The rear fenders have now had the original anti slip strips and steps fitted to them. These original restored fenders are now fitted to the hull.
A number of new acquisitions this week for the Sd.Kfz.261 5.Serie, the Sd.Kfz.223 3.Serie – an original fire extinguisher base as found on our Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie – only the third we have seen in nearly 20 years. Engine bay parts and fittings for these le.Pz.Sp.Wg.
The batteries for Jagdpanther 411 are being charged. This will allow the team to start the many procedures next week to ready the JP for the Open Day. Servicing, maintenance allowing for all the little detail settings this massive machine requires to ensure it operates well. Other vehicles within the collection continue to receive servicing and maintenance attention for the same event.
The Inside Track journal article this week covers the second of the surviving 8 Rad eight wheeled armoured cars – captured by the Indian Army in North Africa. See the article for details and images.