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. 

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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 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 As usual the majority of them are previously unpublished.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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Saturday, 14 September 2013

the next series of Updates

With all the units markings and other identifying features from the Western campaign in 1940 discovered it seems logical that this could now become an update of its own. I'll also use the same process to look at Poland. 

I had started two updates; one titled "Kurz" and the other "Lang". The decision is now to split that original "Kurz" into three separate updates each with a specific agenda. Here are the provisional covers:


One dealing with the previously mentioned French campaign, another looking at the Balkans, North Africa and continuing the Barbarossa, another with pre-war and Poland.

The "Lang" volume will be focused on how the production was different in each of the three factories that were involved during this period. In Vol 3 & 4 the tables illustrate generic production and overall orders, helpful for identifying vehicles up to a point. However vehicles with chassis numbers visible have revealed anomalies to these tables.


I have been making new table showing monthly chassis numbers for each factory, which may help show how changes were implemented at different rates at each factory.


All are well under way but there is no particular order planned for the publication of these Updates. They will appear depending on which images and what information comes my way.