|Nice shot of a Panzerbefehlswagen I.|
|As can be seen, frame antennae come in different shapes!|
A quick trip to the loft produced a rather nasty T26 bought from an Ebay seller. It was warped and the track units are different lengths (both being too short!) It cost me very little and I suspect it is a "knock-off" so I didnt mind chopping it up.
The solution to my problem came to me at about 05:00 today after the Nitrazepam wore off. I would create a "Beute" Befehlswagen! After a day of tinkering bending and sanding I present the Panzerbefehlswagen 740 (r)
|Figures for size reference.|
This monster was cobbled together in an unidentified workshop at the request of an officer short of a mount. He didn't wish to "waste" a gun-tank so had his men create a custom vehicle from parts. The aerial from a scout car, the cupola from a written off Panzer III and some sheet steel cut from a destroyed Hanomag. All these mixed with some ingenuity and the command vehicle was born!
|Rudimentary MG port shown.|
As can be seen it is not finished needing tidying up, filling, sanding and more detailing. Also it is far from perfect having an overscale antenna. However any thinner and I think it would be prone to breakage during a game. The supports will be replaced as they look like tree trunks!
|Rear hatch and home-cast stowage boxes.|
The track units have (I hope) been disguised and a coat of gunk will help this process further. The (lucky?) commander is already modelled and just needs to be seated in his cupola and then this should be ready for the spray booth. It will be in Soviet green and panzergrau with a winter over-paint making it usable for almost the whole war. I am currently deciding which technique should be used to portray chipped and worn whitewash...
Anyway, I am pretty happy and hope this is of interest to someone!