Author Topic: German Stowage Pack Set 1 - Project CLOSED!  (Read 10612 times)

ultravanillasmurf

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Re: German Stowage Pack #1
« Reply #30 on: November 29, 2015, 05:33:49 PM »
I bought two of these at Warfare, an assortment of very useful pieces.

While assembling one of your Panzer III kits for use by DAK I came across something that might be included in a subsequent set, water bottles. On page 19 of the Osprey book there is a photo of a Panzer III with a large number of water bottles hanging on the turret stowage box. I used a couple of Wargames Factory water bottles because that was all I had to hand, I will see if I can borrow some from the BA sprues as well.



Since the photograph was taken I have added some additional stowage, though one small box (an HO scale item)  fouls the turret. The additional stowage includes hiding what is supporting the bucket.

Small ammo boxes and similar would be useful, the limited clearances on this tank limits what you can add (I assembled an oil drum but there was no where to put it, the only space was too close to the exhaust).

Additional (or replacement) tools would be nice.

Now to add some of these to the Crusader.
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Re: German Stowage Pack #1
« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2015, 06:50:14 PM »
The DAK also frequently fitted stowage racks along the rear panel for jerrycans.  It was rare for Panzers to carry the oil drums, although you sometimes see Tiger I's and Stug  III's on the Eastern Front carrying these large drums on their engine decks for long marches.

Crusader usually carried most of their stowage along the sides, usually hanging from the rail that was fitted to the sand shields - see the photo below.

I bought 5 of Rubicon's German stowage set.  I've found about 2/3 of the pieces useful - the jerricans, and oil drums, the wooden crates, and the spare wheels and tracks for the Panzer III/IV.  Less useful are the larger, non-specific boxes (basically they're too big), the spare Panther track (not quite the right length) and the SdKfz 251 spare wheels and track (rarely seen on actual vehicles).  The soft stowage is nice, but actually better suited to Allied vehicles (like the Crusader!).

I'd like to see more smaller boxes, such as machine gun ammo boxes, and (as you suggest) clumps of water bottles etc.  Cutting these from Warlord plastic figure sprues is quite time-consuming, and then they have to be super-glued in place.  But I'm much keener to see an Allied set - I have several US vehicles on hold pending the release of this, mostly because I want proper jerrycans.