Wednesday, May 23, 2012
234/5 Armored Car Puma II?
I used the lower half of the Roco 20mm gun turret for the Luchs turret. It fit almost perfectly. It was a junk turret that was damaged by the previous owner to applied way too much glue. I used a tiny amount of Goo rubber glue to hold the resin turret to the styrene plastic lower hull bit.
Then I stuck the lower turret on the 234/1 hull and perfect fit.
I only know of one photo of this vehicle and can't find any indication that it actually turned but I figure it probably did. The real Luchs turret was small and probably fit in the hole for the original turret.
I have added a scratch built hatch too. Also a storage box on the fender, gas can on the back, and spare tire too.
I have no evidence for this vehicle, I just made it up. Since I have a zillon of these things, okay 84 SdKfz 234/1 and /3 and there are only 25 in a division, I figure I have a few extras. Some are in terrible shape. This one became the ARV version. It certainly does not seem unreasonable that a recon company may have converted one of their armored cars into a recon version if the turret were destroyed. It keeps the vehicle in service providing a valuable service. I added a winch, and crane, jack and spare tools and spare tire. I am only building one.