Tuesday, 28 September 2010
14 Panzer Division
Anyway, back to 14PD. All but one of the vehicles in the division came from JR and many were converted by him from Airfix kits in the 1960s. The dodgy paintwork is all mine. The photo above shows both battalions (Abteillung) of the Panzer Regiment - represented by a Panzer III and Panzer IV. The III is built on the hull of the StuG II kit, but can you identify the origins of the IV? Comments welcome...
The next two pics show the Recce (Aufklarungs) Abt. This has 4 company sized stands. Firstly we have the Airfix Sdkfz 231/234 built as standard from the kit with (in the background) a Sdkfz233 with a short 75mm - a straightforward conversion from the same kit. This and all other photos were shamelessly posed on my wargames table.
The Artillery Regiment is armed with a SiG33 - a Panzer III hull with a 15cm infantry gun in a boxy superstructure. I know it should have a roof but it wasn't until the 1990s that I saw a photo of the original vehicle from this angle. Oddly enough, I built one (also open-topped) in the 1970s using a Matchbox Panzer III hull.
Finally we have the division's CO with his Dodge (or dodgy) command car (a battered ROCO model). He is of course the officer from the same Airfix set as his infantry.