I decide to build
Puma because of some kind of sentiment - it was one of my first plastic kits I
built. Now was the time to do it again but with proper experience and good idea
which needed to be realize. So here I wanted to present the vehicle operated in
France during the summer of 1944. I had two good-looking figures and set of
photo etched foliage which bring the kit to be similar to the real vehicles we
can see on the war propaganda movies. The diversity of the aftermarket products
allowed me to create quite correct miniature but the most important was to
build nice eyecatcher!
There were 4 versions of the 234 series, with different armament and some small structural variations but it could be said that Puma was the most powerful armed wheeled reconnaissance vehicle during World War II and because of the name, the most popular.
The Germans produced 101
vehicles of this version.
What is the most interesting from the modeler's point of view are:
- large box on the left rear mudguard;
- wooden ammunition
box on the right front mudguard. It was keep on the place by U shaped holders.
The crew used it for additional ammunition for the gun and to stowage some
tools and personal stuff;
- hooks on the turret
to attach the foliage keeping wire;
- additional handle
on the front hatch.
- hexagonal which
were seen in very early vehicles;
- zig-zag type 1 and
zig-zag type 2 which were the most popular;
- late type (provided
in the kit) which was seen in the vehicles produced after December 1944;
- allied tires and
some civilian patterns.
3. Painting and
- the camo was
applied by the units because the vehicles were deployed only in dark yellow. It
was painted as the broad bands or thin strips;
- the winter camo was
probably applied too but there is only one example of whitewashed vehicle;
- crosses on all
turret sides. They were painted by the units. The sides ones can be in
different positions but the centre of the turret was the usual position.
- the numbers mostly
were black or red with white border. Some vehicles carried numbers on the front
- the divisional
insignias were not common but if presented they were painted on the left front
- the license plates
were painted before the vehicles delivering. On the front and rear of the hull,
as the white rectangle with black border and numbers.
- the other markings
painted in the factory: the tires pressure (on the mudguard over every wheel -4
atü), weight and class (the rectangle on the left side of the hull), speed
limit (on both sides of the hull to the front - 35 Km).
FIGURES - I used Miniart's German Tank Crew figures but the heads were replaced for resin ones. The headphones' wires were added the same as some PE parts. Both figures were painted with acrylics and reached with Archer's dry decals.