Friday, 4 September 2015

high level validation

During a discussion on the Missing-Lynx forum about the forthcoming 1/16 Trumpeter PzIVJ Hilary Doyle joined in to pass on information about an unexpected please of a new Panzer Tracts volume on the PzIV Ausf H/J. When asked if he was aware of info in Update 3 etc he gave this reply:

"I have to strongly recommend the books produced by Craig Ellis, I have them all. Craig has been doing some very good research and his books, being photo rich, just like Nuts & Bolts and Panzerwrecks make a great companions to the technical stuff we present in Panzer Tracts. 

You can be sure that I have incorporated all of the latest results from the research over the 22 years. In this Panzer Tracts No.4-3 there is space that was not available previously so there are drawings of Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H from the three different assembly firms and covering a variety of configurations depending on the date completed plus some important component drawings at 1:10" 

 I have had a few brief email conversations with Hilary in the past but for him to so publicly support the work was very generous of him and more than a bit humbling

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

PzRgt 27 - 1941 supplement finally uploaded

After sitting gone the back burner for over the year I have finally got round to focussing on this book and making its publication a priority.

Consisting of 90 pages that include 89 period black & white photographs, many published for the first time and often showing the same vehicle from different angles. It concludes with a 6 page section on modelling a 1/35 PzIV from the 6th Kompanie. This section includes 15 full colour photos (more below) that show the building and correcting of Dragon's PzIV Ausf E VorPz kit.

You can find the Blurb detail on the sister blog

where a link will take you to all the paper and e-book options.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A third character ?

I came across a third vehiclethat may well be in the same location as below. This time a very characterful Stug III with additional concrete and plate armour.

The rear of a JgdPz IV can be seen behind it and the rubble also seems to match. On the extreme left of the image behind the cart is a disk like object, which can be seen behind the JgdPz IV previously posted.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Interesting scene

These two images of late PzIV variants maybe  quite well known but I am not sure if the connection through location has been made before:

The house in the background is the key similarity.

For some reason it is unusual for the two types of vehicle to be seen together, I'm not sure if they are from the same unit. This could be a good comparative scene for all the ambitious diorama builders out there.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

"Factory Production (G)" review at

Thomas Hartwig at has posted a review of Update No3.

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

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:

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 😃