Sd. Kfz. 251/9 ‘Stummel’ – Panzergrenadier heavy weapons support
December 13, 2009
I commenced work on those Revell Panthers a couple of weekends back because I’d finished those three Hasegawa 251/9 ‘Stummels’ – they had just been sitting around on my hobby table waiting for me to stop running around so busily and take a couple of piccies of them. The one time I was ready to photograph them, the weather wasn’t – heavy rain pounded down all morning. My photos are all taken using morning sunlight, but in the shade and without flash. That way, the lighting and colouring looks as natural as possible. With pounding rain, the possibility of photographing the 251/9s was thwarted.
These are similar to the 234/3 ‘Stummel’ that I did two months ago – the 75mm L24, its gun laying mechanism & gun bed are all identical. Assembling the kit was very straightfoward. I elected not to put any crew figures in – the Italeri chap I put in with the 251/22 was a bit too big for the vehicle (ie. his scale was not 1/72…possibly 1/70) and I didn’t want the same odd look with these…but since I have a surplus of crew figures from the Hasegawa 234/2 Puma kits, I might use one of those figures in the future, as they are to scale with their vehicle.
How many more to do? The Panzerfaust army list for Panzergrenadier companies gives me a pair of 251/9’s as a heavy weapons cannon section for s standard company. A Panzergrenadier heavy weapons company has a cannon company, comprised of three sections with each section having two 251/9s.
If I was to go completely silly, I have five more to go. Only if I can get them on a big discount or at a swap & sell…
Now, some extra resources I found online for this project were:
- colour and b&w photos by The 9th Reenactment Society of their own ‘Stummel’,
- a walkaround with colour photographs of the 251/9 museum piece from the Deutsches Panzermuseum in Munster on a site called “The Panzer Tank Walkaround or Panzer Photo Gallery” (there are other Panzers there to look at, too!); and lastly
- the same as #2. immediately above but taken by a different photographer. Also with more photos.
I really like the green cammo scheme on the Munster 251/9…I might try to use it on the Panthers when they are ready.
Through the superior firepower (well, superior CNC & milling tools of a colleague) I have been able to get an identical replacement part for the MAC Distribution Horch 108 (Kfz. 70) & 20mm Flak 30 that I shelved back in the first half of the year due to losing a critical piece of the gun bed. I have nearly finished assembly and will do a similar camouflage scheme but with Dark Angels Green instead of Goblin Green.
I figured with all these fumes from assembling 7 Panthers, what harm was one more kit going to do?
It’s not been easy to assemble, either (just like the first time). I’m not looking forward to working on the four MAC Horch 108 passenger cars I’ve got!