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Old 02-10-2018, 09:24 AM   #151
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Well thank you, it is certainly a dream to be able to restore these vehicles. In reality things always take a lot longer than imagined though, often restoring is about taking one step forward, two steps back....

Some of the final bits to the added to the exterior are the "antlers" holding the indicators, side mirror and search light. The search light was used on vehicles at the time because roads and road signs were not illuminated. When navigating at night, vehicles often had to stop at an intersection and use the searchlight to light up the direction signs to find their way.

The shape of the "Antlers" is unique to each type of Wehrmacht vehicle, needless to say on the Kfz 17 they are different from those on the Kfz 15 build on the same chassis. Unfortunately the originals did not survive on the Kfz 17/1 so they had to be copied from the Kfz 17.

The indicators used at the time were so called "trafficators" or semaphore indicators. When activated they flip up from their protective housing. The semaphores on the pictures are temporary ones, they will be replaced with correct SWF types later on.

A front view of the right hand side "antler" with semaphore and search light:

The left hand side holds the left hand semaphore and the rearview mirror holder:

The electrical wiring connecting to the semaphores and the searchlight are running inside the hollow piping of the "Antlers"

With these final bits added to the exterior, I am almost getting ready to give the whole vehicle a coat of paint. When the vehicle left the factory in 1941, it would have been painted dark grey. Most vehicles surviving into the second half of the war would have been repainted ordnance tan. Since I want this to represent a "Normandy" vehicle I will give it a ordnance tan base coat.


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