StuG III Tropical Clarification Help Needed

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StuG III Tropical Clarification Help Needed

Joined: April 30th, 2010, 5:10 am

April 5th, 2012, 12:49 am #1

Good Day

On most art work / built kits of a z.b.v. 288 Sturmgeschütz there is only the tubular shaped air filters, but looking a new to me photo, athttp://www.bchomesellers.com/ww2/index it looks suspiciosly like there is a rectangular box like structure over the air filters. Upon re-looking at the Bundes Archive Photo there is to me the same structure. Finally looking at the Life photo there is on the ground a rectangular box like structure. So the question is : Is it possible one or more z.b.v. 288 Sturmgeschütz had a structure over the air filters or No ? Or am I reading the photo's wrong.





I have uploaded larger photos in question to (1/2 way downish)
http://www.pzpflak.ca/zbv/288.html

Am I reading it right or not?????
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Joined: January 11th, 2008, 6:42 pm

April 5th, 2012, 9:23 am #2

I've been flitting around this vehicle ever since I saw a photo in the old Bellona print booklet. I've seen the centre picture before and someting bothered me about it, now you've found out what. Thank You, that's been at the back of my mind a long time now.

What's always bothered me is that the filters were very exposed to damage up there. I wonder if you've spotted the protection. It would make sense to leave the top and bottom open to allow air flow?

Note how the 'box' in the centre picture looks to be mounted lower than the one in the top picture.

I've got a copy of the Chertsey report on the way I need to dig my books out.

BTW the bchomesellers link pops up a 404 error for me.
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Joined: April 30th, 2010, 5:10 am

April 5th, 2012, 10:31 am #3

Sorry about the miss typed link try
http://www.bchomesellers.com/ww2/index.htm
Seems to work for me
I have an electronic copy of the Chertsey report
which if complete does not go it to detail on Automotive
components. As to filters being exposed, photos of later ones that
I have seen do not have any protection although they are
mounted lower down. As per
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 7&t=174411
Oh well until more pictures come to light (Hint Hint!!)
I'll go with 75% possibility on covered filters.
Thanks for responding
Bill
Last edited by Silkgx on April 5th, 2012, 10:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: January 11th, 2008, 6:42 pm

April 6th, 2012, 8:31 am #4

I have decided to get my half built Stug out and get on with it so I absoutely assure you that a flood of new photos and technical data will follow.

I've got to win the battle with my Panzer IV steel roadwheels in 48th scale first!!! Then the FlakPanzer III as PanzerTracts 23 confirms them built. It's a good time to be a model maker
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