Having finished the Panzwerfer and also on the way to finish the Nebelwerfer, I started work on a new vehicle, the eight – wheeled recon car 234/2, which is the version using the turret of the abandoned “Leopard” project, featuring a 5cm gun. The German eight – wheeled recon cars proved to be very useful despite some shortcomings, exhibiting a very good off-road performance, and influenced many post-war designs. I also like the look of the 234s, which to me are among the most elegant German vehicles used in WW2.
The vehicle will be from SS-Panzer-Aufklaerungsabteilung 1 located in France during the summer of 1944.
The kit is from Dragon, and I also bought some PE add-ons from Aber (covers of the stowage cases in the fenders) and Voyager Model, a turned gun barrel and a PE / resin set from Voyager to make the wheel suspension movable.
The latter turned out to be quite unnecessary, as I used the kit´s plastic parts instead of the resin parts, which can be used as well after some cutting and drilling. Actually, the suspension can be made fully movable with only using the kit parts and some brass rods.
I started to work on the suspension. The quality of the kit is very high so far, with nice and crisp details.
During the first days of January I finished the Panzerwerfer. The figures are from Royal Model:
Now I glued the halves of the Panzerwerfer together, added the final details and painted the vehicle. The camouflage pattern is based on a picture in the very useful Nuts & Bolts Vol. 30 issue. The launcher was built from brass, and parts from a Royal Model kit. I glued in nine of the ten launcher rockets, the last one is handled by the figures that will be added to the model.
Now I will start with the weathering steps and also add the last details…
As I was doing research for the Panzerwerfer project, I also bought a 15 cm Nebelwerfer kit from Lionroar. It is actually a very nicely detailed kit, with the werfer tubes and their support being all made from brass. The carriage however will need some brass additions. As I was also searching for figures, I added a figure set from Verlinden, showing two soldiers in winter clothing that handle Nebelwerfer rockets. So when I came across the picture below, I thought that this would make a nice follow – up project for the Panzerwerfer.
With the last sculpted figure, this project is now finally finished:
With the Panzerwerfer, I stopped rebulding a second version of the chassis and used the original Dragon Maultier chassis instead. Then I added the hull parts from the Italeri kit parts and some scratch made brass sheets. Finally, I added some scratch built interior. As this will be barely visible at the end, it should be fine the way it is done. The rockets for the Werfer were copied in resin:
There are at least two interior sets commercially available (Royal Model and Verlinden), but both miss parts, e. g. the structure in the upper half of the hull on which the rocket launcher rests. So I built everything on my own, using the few parts from the Italeri kit.
In the mean time I finished the interior (that will be barely visible on the finished vehicle):
I fixed the personal carrier to the base, added some details (tools on a cloth, parts from the open stowage box, a jerrycan) and finished the two guys working on the right track. Now the only thing left is to sculpt the soldier painting on the mud. The mud itself is already visible on the left side of the hull:
I continued to work on the chassis of the panzerwerfer, with great support from the Dragon Maultier kit. The radiator grill, the tow coupling and the housing of the differential were all copied from resin using the Maultier parts. The axle holders from the running gear are the only parts from the Italeri Maultier kit used, all other parts were made from brass and styrene:
Still a long way to go… The next items to be added will be the fuel tank, some other details left out also in the Maultier kit (from photographic references) and also the front axle with its prominent leaf springs, that are highly visible on this vehicle.
In between I worked a lot on the SdKfz 250, which is now almost ready, apart from some minor touch ups and a final layer of dust still to be applied:
The markings also show that the vehicle will be from the Wiking division, in the south Russian steppe in 1942. I also started to work on the base:
There will be three figures added to the scene, one soldier that will paint the mud on the vehicle and that will be scratch build, and two more guys that will do some maintainance work on the track. These are from an engineer resin set, and are ready to be painted. For the bowl that is used to paint the mud I made both a positive and a negative mould from putty, and finally created the bowl from a thinly rolled sheet of putty.
I started to build the Panzerwerfer, and by now I mostly utilized spare parts from a Dragon Maultier kit, which has a lot of unneeded parts that were meant to be used for a Opel Blitz truck. As the Italeri kit is that bad, I try to use this kit only as reference, and will start to built the undercarriage using the spare parts and the photographic reference material available.