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  1. based on photo posted by the KWC on FB, it would appear that the Deck armor plate they have in their collection matches this vehicle captured at Kursk. Source http://the.shadock.free.fr/Surviving_Panzers.html I hope they post more pics and dig up more parts in their storage sheds. This one could be fun to watch
  2. not sure i follow, if it was officially re-named Elephant in May 1944, and this vehicle was destroyed prior to 1944, like at Kursk in 1943 prior to vehicle modernization, then it would be a Ferdinand no? Also having a hard time believing that footage was staged, there are shells exploding just yards away from the Soviet combat infantry. Surely you wouldn't risk trained combat troops like that for a video.
  3. another interesting photo of the right/rear corner of vehicle. Why you ask there's a video of a Soviet heavy Machine-gun blasting away at this location. A few seconds later what appears to be same vehicle on fire and this area scorched of paint. talk about "close combat" , did they just get the metal hot enough to ignite rounds inside? at 1:11 in . Always wondered why, now i wonder is it because of this port? Is it a Vision port (no slit), a place to chuck out grenades? If you know please chime in . does not appear any armor penetration occurred here, though at 2 minutes in the same veicle it's really burning
  4. really good pics here, look at what appears to be a field modification on pic 24 to keep soviet sappers from stuffing petrol bombs/charges up into this cavity in the rear of vehicle(engine exhaust port?) http://svsm.org/gallery/elephant/IMGP3201
  5. more parts, Can't make out top piece, more than likely internal bulkhead. Some nice road wheel pairs some questions posted on their FB page abut whether they have a Ferdinand or an Elephant. Differences are roof plate (with/without cammander Cupola), the front plate armor (with/without Ball MG), or the very first pic they posted of engine deck-plate. That would point clearly at a Ferdinand based on the 1 remaining example of each showing cooling intake grills Elephant currently at Bovi Kubinka Ferdi, mathces WCC piece
  6. well some quick searches seem to confirm, i know it can't possibly be 230 watts, a trained cyclist can do that on a bicycle:) The motors are huge, look to be approx. to a 50 gallon drum
  7. interesting. Do you have a source for this? I'm struggling with 500KW since even with today's electrical engineering advancements a 250Kw unit still takes up a small trailer. The stuff i have from the 50's has absolutely huge electric motors that make very little power, as little as 1HP for something the size of a 5 gallon bucket . Conversely, I would expect their generators would also have been very inefficient here's a towed 250kw unit today , 20 foot long x 8 foot wide box hard to imagine 2 of these in a Ferdi? and this just the engine+generator, not the final drive motor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XO48bt12qs However the Wiki article on the power-pack does basically re-affirm? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VK_4501_(P) Are there any electricians in the house ? :)
  8. Well based on what I've read, most of these were blown up after they broke down and could not be recovered as German army retreated and tried to prevent enemy capture/repair/re-use of their AFV's. Based on that They probably have some of the wheels, running gear, chunks of shattered case-mate, maybe an 88mm-L71 cannon. The real trick will be, (even after you locate two Maybach HL120 V12 engines), finding the paired Siemens 500 watt generators and Electric drive motors. The Copper scrap in them would have just been to valuable after the war . Would love to hear one though, it must be quite a racket with all 24 cylinders going
  9. wasn't sure we would ever see another one, but KW collection states they have 40% of one, including this unmistakable piece
  10. LOL, i don't doubt it for one second. Short of pictures of a grand-dad driving it home from the beach probably impossible to prove as well
  11. it's in France, can't you just drive it home thru a tunnel, even if it's on a flatbed tow? no import tariffs between EU members? looks to be approx. 9 hours away , but if it really is a truck that landed on Normandy with the original stars on it, that would make for an interesting conservation piece.
  12. what do you consider "too much work?" https://vintagemilitaryvehicles.com/2019/05/1943-gmc-in-france/
  13. sorry guys, it's a bust https://sputniknews.com/europe/201906271076071598-treasure-hunters-searching-for-lost-amber-room-in-poland-open-hatch-and-find-wartime-shaft-video/ there's a link to a video on twitter with this explanation in polish, just a shallow well
  14. I really find the the assertions made by Mr. Wheatley pretty ridiculous, and he contradicts his own assertions with the first hand accounts he quotes from German soldiers. The whole thing smells propagandist and just another facet of the "Russia-gate" nonsense being pushed by the media here Utter nonsene
  15. I was thinking yesterday, "I'm really in the mood for another " Nazi gold train" and Whoila ! These things are great and this one doesn't disappoint , coming with the requisite artists sketch of gold filled chests at the bottom of a shaft. For the locals, every rusty hatch-door in the Forrest is worth tens of thousands of Euros in tourist dollars hopefully it will be fun to watch
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