I am about to start painting my Dragon Neubaufahrzeug as a vehicle from the Norwegian campaign. I would like to check my understanding of the markings of the vehicles deployed to Norway with any Neubaufahrzeug 'experten' out there. From my study of photos (mainly from the internet), it seems to me that two vehicles can be clearly identified:
· Vehicle 'R' (the small white letter applied to the turret sides/rear) previously had a radio callsign '10', but this was painted out before the campaign. This vehicle subsequently had the memorial dedication to Feldwebel Faulhaber painted on the turret sides. Vehicle R is one of the Nr.3-5 production vehicles.
· Vehicle 'Z' doesn't seem to have previously had a numerical radio callsign at least theres no clear evidence of it being painted out on the turret sides/rear. Vehicle 'Z' is also one of the Nr.3-5 production vehicles.
I did wonder if this lack of a painted-out callsign was because vehicle 'Z' was the one sent to replace the tank lost at Kvam in April 1940. However, this seems unlikely as it is one of the armoured Neubaufahrzeug and I understand that the replacement vehicle (Nr.2) was not made from armour plate.
The photographs available to me suggest that the Neubaufahrzeug were painted in a hard-edged grey/brown camouflage scheme.
Can anyone who has made a more detailed study of this subject confirm or refute the points above ?
If they had two-colour scheme,I wouldn't go for the hard edge, more like 1/3 brown 2/3 grey soft edge as described in Panzertracts 1-2.
In this tread you see the soft edge camo on vehicle "R". In the background stands the replacement Nbfz. No.2.
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