Those mesh sides just had to go and I opted for replacing them with wooden ones. I order to do se I had to not only remove the mesh, but also the sides and all the hinges. These were clogged up with glue!
So I made all new ones.
The rearpanel will be folded down in the new situation, so I'll have to make the folding steps as well...
Looking for information on the Sd.Kfz. 7/2 having wooden sides I got an answer from mr.Doyle (author of the Panzer Tracts-books).
That settles it then. My vehicle is a fieldmod... ;)
In 1943 a decision was made to try and construct the Aufbau of all Zgkw in wood. The plan was to save steel and to employ available skilled manpower from the wood working industry. However, the change over from sheet metal to timber took place over a long period.
A right side view photo of the Versuchsfahrzeuge Flak Sfl. (Sd.Kfz.7/2) was published in one of the period technical magazines which has lead to much speculation about wooden bodied Sfl. This Versuchsfahrzeuge has a wooden sided Aufbau and the trial armoured cab. It is clear that the 8t Zgkw chassis is an earlier one reused as the basis for this Versuchsfahrzeuge. The chassis pre-dates the 1942 introduction of the coolant-heaters on the right side and has not yet been fitted with the brackets for tools on the motor hood.
The wooden folding sides however were never adopted for production Flak Sfl which needed the rigidity to act as a working platform.
There are a few photos of Zgkw 8t with wooden side panels but these are all makeshift Sfl.
Flak Sfl with the perforated sheet metal sides can easily be mistaken for wood depending on light and the angle of the photo.
On Monday December 1st the latest Panzer Tracts No.22-5 will be available. This will set the record straight with descriptions of no less than 12 different Sfl. Flak variants. In addition we have uncovered new facts about the history of the armoured 8t built together with the 8,8cm Flak 18 “Bunkerknacker”, the Feuerleitpanzer, armoured control centre for launching the A4 (V2) and various other special versions of the Zgkw 8t.