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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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Old 02-20-2018, 05:58 AM   #152
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Time for some painting. First the car had to be cleaned properly as it accumulates a lot of dirt over time. Over summer the bats seem to use my garage as a restaurant, there are always lots of insect wings and bits landing on top of the cars. So after cleaning I covered the car in old sheets just to keep the muck off before painting. The inside of the doorframes were covered in a colour of grey and windows and tyres were taped:





After that the whole car was given a coat of Dunkelgelb. The sheets were now used to cover the engine







I picked a nice sunny day so that the paint could dry during the rest of the day but obviously the paint will need a while to harden. I will leave the car in its Dunkelgelb coat over winter. This will show up any areas of the Pertinax plates where the paint may not have adhered properly. Next spring I will check for any areas that may need repainting before applying any camouflage and details.


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Old 02-20-2018, 11:10 AM   #153
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She's just beautiful
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:47 PM   #154
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Excellent restoration and paint job. Have been following this project with great interest, puts my restoration efforts to shame.
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:01 PM   #155
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Thanks, she is starting to look great. At least the exterior is slowly getting there. Many details and much technical work still to do though... I am aiming to finish the restoration somewhere this spring (2018).

The initial hope was that the Kfz 17/1 could make its public debut at Militracks this year, but the transport cost between Normandy and the Netherlands proved to be a stumbling block. Instead I hope that I can debut the car at some events during the Normandy D-day celebrations. We will see how far I get!

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Old 02-21-2018, 03:12 PM   #156
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An epic adventure & another one saved.


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