I went over Panzerwrecks 6 once more (it is becoming my favorite issue) and stopped to ponder what the top plate of the flammpanzer looks like. See the photo for my comments on the arched band. What are your thoughts?
Two high resolution photos of the Flammpanzer 38 appear here:
This site is where I got the photo I used.
Yes, a vehicle Im very interested in. The shot you provide shows several of the modifications made to 20 panzerjager 38t when taken from the production line and sent to Germany for modification. They are from the October batch the same as the one at Bovington.
What you see in the shot but is not clear is the remote MG has been moved inboard to the centre of the roof. The hoop you point to is a new version of the MG suppression rail designed to stop the MG from blowing off the flamm-gunners periscope.
Just to the left of the MG shield you can see the handle for the repositioned loaders hatch.
The second shot you link to if closely studied shows the flamm-gunners hooded periscope and behind that is the remote MG shield.
The vehicle was configured for a crew of three; driver, flamm-gunner and commander/mg/radio operator, who sat in the middle of the vehicle on top of the drive shaft. The MG was relocated for him. As was the original commanders position rear-facing periscope (onto the blanked of loaders hatch under the 0 of the 2006) the spare track link on the rear deck was relocated to the right hand side of the vehicle to aid the rear vision of the relocated periscope. The bent wire is unclear as the bar from the original mount is reused on the side.
However, in practice the fourth crewman was reinstated to command again from the very crammed space he had left. The Germans always valued a dedicated commander were possible. This is covered in Spielbergers Jagdpanzer in an after action report.