Wednesday, 25 February 2015

"Factory Production (G)" review at panzer-modell.de

Thomas Hartwig at panzer-modell.de has posted a review of Update No3.

Here is a direct link for those of you able to read the original German text

www.panzer-modell.de

Monday, 23 February 2015

Ausf Gs from PzRgt39 showing factory differences

There was great collection of images of TachPz Ausf Es from PzRgt 39, 17th PzDiv on ebay recently see:
tauchpziv.blogspot.co.uk

and at the end of the listing was this small group showing crews who had survived Barbarossa and were using long barrelled Ausf Gs during the Winter of 42/43 through to the following spring.

This group of images is interesting in light of the new information from Update No3 as it is now possible to differentiate these vehicles production factory.


The first image possibly shows them during the winter of 42/43. This could have been taken around the time period when they were involved in the unsuccessful attempt to break the siege of Stalingrad.

From the direction of the tracks and the style of gun cleaning rods we can ascertain this final vehicle was produced at Krupp. Note the fire extinguisher has been moved to the rear fender, which may indicate that the unit might still have been storing items (such as jerrycans) on the front fender as they did in 41.


These three images show a vehicle from Krupp. There are a couple of features evident that help this identification. The combination of the angle of the aerial deflector and the twist in the Bosch headlight cable were specific to this factory. The bar still being used to fix the hull front track links dates this production to before Feb 43


 Note the triangle on the turret side in the final image. This has also been seen in the book "The War Diaries of a Panzer soldier" and must be a Kompanie or role indicator within the unit.


The next one is from Vomag production. The solid guide horns visible on the spare track links and the straighter, nearly vertical  Bosch cable in conjunction with the square foot on the jack are specific to that factory. The "T" style fixings holding the hull track links replaced the bar after than Jan 43 in Vomag production.



Note how both of these have a rubber hose wrapped around the left Bosch headlight. This was most likely the refuelling hose which was usually tucked between the turret and the stowage bin.


Although a lot of detail is obscured by the camouflage the "backwards" tracks and the smoke candles on the turret cheeks are clear indicators of Nibelungen production from Jan - Mar 43.




Tuesday, 27 January 2015

update no3 reviewed in AFV Modeller

Squeezed into their always busy New Release section is another glowing report




"Another release in the Panzer IV series of books that are available from on-line 'print on demand' service, Blurb. This series is a great example of how publishing and printing technology can share the knowledge of someone with great enthusiasm for a subject. This update volume is as detailed as it gets, delving into the three factories that produced F2 to G and the various subtle differences in another unique look at the author's collection of Psnzer IV images. We're shown details right down to the vehicle's chassis number highlighting production features, modelling gold if you're looking fo the ultimate in accuracy Ruth. Selection of tables and diagrams to collate the information into msnageable visuals. Craig's text is very easily read and has a nice informal feel considering the in-depth subject matter! As always the photos are the focus with another superb selection, if Oanzer IVs Stroud thingyou may already be collecting this series and this is a addition you'll certainly not wang to miss. Available from the Blurb website now. Thanks to 8 wheels-good for our sample."
That's after 106 likes on their Facebook page when they posted about receiving the book in Nov ��

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Third Update (Factory production guide) finished


I have managed to finish and uploaded the latest Update to the "PzKpfwIV at the front" series. This update is a guide to factory differences through Ausf G and into early H production. For the first time the differences between vehicles produced by all three factories are described in detail. 

Click on the the cover image or the link below it to go to the Blurb website:



 

 

   

   

   

   

   

   

     

   

 


 
   

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      PzKpfw IV at the front: UPDATE No3 - factory production guide (G) by from the collection of 8wheels-good
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 I have also set it up as an ebook, which can be accessed through this link:
http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/504623-pzkpfw-iv-at-the-front-update-no3-factory-production-guide-g

I have been able to identify a number of features that can enable a differentiation between vehicles of a similar time period. That is, if you can see certain elements you can now ascertain, with relative confidence whether the vehicle was build at the Krupp, Vomag or Nibelungen factory. These features range from new observations on small details to realigning features that were previously thought to be date specific alterations to factory specific styles instead.

The key to this research was an investigation into new and existing images of vehicles with their Fgst Nr (chassis number) visible (I have managed to gather 43 such example, 12 of which are documented photographically in the book) and relating them to a chart built around info on factory specific contracts, see this old post


I have split it into the following four periods:
Early F2(G) - where the differences are harder to spot (including info on long & bendy aerial deflector)
Mid G - where they become quite distinct (including new info on the implementation of changes to Bosch headlights, smoke candles, tool stowage and the new roof/cupola)
Late G - where other distinguishing feature are added (including diagram showing new info on schurzen variations)
Ending with a short intro to Very early H, which will conclude in a future update along with Ausf J.

This Update is longer than previous at 102 pages and now contains a total of 139 original period photos covering the early 1942 through to mid 1943. As usual the majority of them are previously unpublished. There are also 9 diagrams, three tables and multiple thumbnails introducing specific details in each of the chapters. 


The final appendix of the book covers applying this new information to modelling using the Dragon Ausf G kits. It includes three models of mid production Gs illustrated with 11 photos showing in detail how to accurately produce one from each factory from a similar time frame.


Stealing the Panzerwrecks style here are some of the questions answered in this Update:

How many ways can you mount a fire extinguisher? How many styles of long & bendy aerial deflector were there and who had an interim style between long & Bendy and short? Who mounted the short aerial deflector horizontally? What’s the difference between the mounts for gun cleaning rods? Who fitted their tracks backward? Who was last to mount Bosch headlights? When was the bar across tracklinks on the hull front first deleted and by whom? Who was first to mount smoke candles on the turret sides? Who plugged the hole for the smoke candles and when? What does field-applied turret schurzen look like? What distinguishes additional armour fitted in May? Only one factory actually fitted 3 track links to the rear plate, who was it? How do you distinguish between schurzen fitted by the different factories? Who was the last to fit S-hooks?


Overall I am extremely pleased with the brand new perspective this information gives a familiar old friend.


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Coming soon!!! Update No3 - G production

Although the title for the next Update is "G production" the real nub of the book is factory differences.

I have been able to identify a number of features that can enable a differentiation between vehicles of a similar time period. That is, if you can see certain elements you can confidently ascertain whether the vehicle was build at the Krupp, Vomag or Nibelungen factory. These range from new observations on small details to realigning features that were previously thought to be date specific alterations to factory specific styles instead. I am really pleased with the new perspective this info gives a well worn old friend.


The key to this research was an investigation into new and existing images of vehicles with their fgst nr (chassis number) visible, I have managed to gather 43 such example. And relating them to a chart built around info found about contracts given to the specific factories.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/thread/1366752260/PzIV+production+chart+%2B+a+request

Within the book there is  total of 129 photos covering the period from early 1942 through to mid 1943, as usual the majority of them are previously unpublished. I have split the update into the following three periods:

  • early F2(G) where the differences are harder to spot
  • mid G where they become quite distinct
  • late G (& very early H) where other distinguishing feature are added (including diagram showing schurzen variations)

Plus:
A short section on modelling the G with three Dragon mid Gs (Kharkov) built up to show vehicles built in different factories during early 43.


The content is complete and at the proof reading stage, having passed the first hurdle of decipherability. Once any alterations have been added and a few diagrams & tables completed it will hopefully be ready for publishing by mid September.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Update No2 reviewed

Check out the "Barbarossa stowage" blog for info about a review in the current AFV Modeller

http://barbaross4stuff.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/afv-review-of-update.html

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Ausf J images to supplement Vol4

Here is another image of the decapitated PzIV early Ausf J seen on p90 of Vol4 form a slightly different angle and a bit closer. It is now clear that it carried a covering of zimmerit :


There were two other images sold alongside it that show other wrecks in the same location North of Liege, in and around the village of Rocourt. It is interesting to see both types of exhausts in conjunction with the three hooks added to the top edge of the engine rear plate, placing their production around August 44. At which point only Nibelungenwerke were involved in PzIV production.



This post may be referring to the combat where the loses took place:

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=178371



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