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  1. I have been going to Beltring for many years and it used to be one of the highlights on my calender, I have however not attended the new W&P since the move. My main interest is in WW2, in particular german vehicles. In this respect, the show lost it's appeal with fewer and fewer interesting vehicles present. The "big boys" all seem to fall out with eachother with the end result that none of them makes the effort anymore. Many of the smaller collectors with interesting vehicles are now also staying away with the result that the traders with interesting stuff no longer attend either. Several friends that have visited the show this year came away very disappointed vowing never to return.... Looking at the success of Militracks, I believe there is a gap in the market for a more exclusive pre-1945 themed show. Beltring would be a great venue for such a show.... regards, Funksammler
  2. Sorry, still trying to get to grips with the posting of pictures on this forum.....
  3. Thanks Paul for showing the VW type 82 parts list. Here is an example of the VW radio car's setup (picture came from Ebay a long time ago): The two units on the left are both RF filters for the generator (nr 2 and one of the nr 3's in the drawing). The large one filters the charging current from the generator while the smaller one filters the signal to the generator control light in the ignition lock. The small filter on the right (the other nr. 3) is the filter of the ignition coil. If you look at the pictures from the Kfz 17 setup, you can see that there is another smaller box connected to the ignition filter (which contains the ballast resistor) that it absent in the VW setup. Here is a picture of the various shielded units from the drawing: regards, Funksammler
  4. Indeed, the vehicle on the "Wehrmacht Awards" forum is my Kfz 17 and I thought I would stick with the same pseudonym, certainly makes it easier to remember when I have to log in! It took many years to get all the gear together, I guess it is easier to first find all the bits and than the vehicle that goes with it than the other way around! Mind you, it will take few years yet to get it 100% but at least it is at a stage where it looks complete and can be driven.... regards, Funksammler
  5. Not all, the radio car based on the VW82 Kuebelwagen for example does have the screened ignition, but does not appear to have a ballast resistor. The Horch type 901 was built from 1937, so they certainly did use the system on some vehicles at that date. Difficult to say what was the earliest application, perhaps early 1930's. Another detail on the Horch radio car: for some versions (fitted with a heaviest type of generator) the resistor of one on the ignition coils was bypassed during starting (strangely not on both) to boost the ignition voltage. regards, Funksammler
  6. The Horch KFZ/17 used a screened ignition system and incorparated ballast resistors. Not all German vehicle types used ballast resistors, and only the radio vehicle versions would have been fully screened. Here are some examples of screened ignition components, in this case for a Horch V8 engine. Only one of the two ignition coils is still attached, the Horch V8 they used two. In any case you can recogise the distributor and ignition coil to which two boxes are attached. The larger box is the RF filter unit, the smaller box contains the ballast resistor. You can see the thin wire coming out of the ballast resistor box, this would go to the ignition lock. All the wires downstream of the ballast resistor box were shielded (including the spark plug leads which have been replaced here): Here you can see the components fitted to the firewall of a Horch Kfz 17. You can see several filter boxes between the ignition coils. The two "upright" units are RF filters for the ignition coils, the small boxes connected to them contain the ballast resistors (the larger filter and the filter further to the left are for the generator/regulator circuit). hope this helps, Funksammler
  7. Hello folks! I have been collecting militaria for a long time, my specific interest are the battle of Normandy and German radio equipment. In my youth I always dreamed of owning a wartime Jeep, but lack of funds and space kept that out of reach. Once I started working my job took me all over the world; the international lifestyle did not quite suit military vehicle ownership but I did somehow persist with the militaria and radio side of things. As part of the German radio hobby I got interested in German radio vehicles and some bits and pieces of radio vehicles started coming my way. Than I was able to buy an unrestored chassis of a Kfz 17 radio car which got me hooked on these vehicles big time. Another more complete example followed a few years later and I finally was able to get the lifestyle which enabled me to enjoy restoring these vehicles. After years of research, collecting parts from all over Europe and a lot of work I am now completing my first Kfz 17. regards, Funksammler
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