Paper model of Hummel ACS
Materials and tools:
- scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
- glue brushes and paint;
- watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
- clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
- to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2;
- for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.
- Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
- Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
- Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
- To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface. Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
- Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
- wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
- Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
- Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.
A bit of history
Hummel German self-propelled howitzer
Hummel (“la bumblebee” - him., full name - 15 cm Schwere Panzerhaubitze auf Gesch u tzwagen III / IV (Sf) Hummel) - German self-propelled howitzer 150 mm of World War II period.
In 1941-1942 Nazi Germany's panzerwaffe required the SAU to be sufficiently armored, fast and heavily armed.And in 1942, Alkett manufactured an assault ACS based on PzKpfw IV, armed with a heavy 150mm howitzer sFH 18. Hummel was a self-propelled howitzer based on PzKpfw III and PzKpfw IV running gears.
The ACS was launched into mass production in the same 1942 and was produced from February 1943 until the end of the war. A total of 666 of these machines were built.
SAU Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel had a typical design for this type of machine: in the front part there was a control compartment, in the center - the engine compartment, in the rear part of the ACS - the fighting compartment. The crew was located in the open top cabin and was protected only from small arms fire and from fragments of artillery shells.
The only roof of the fighting compartment could serve as tarpaulin, sometimes stretched during the movement of the car on the march, as well as in the parking.
From the PzKpfw IV tank, a slightly modified hull, chassis with support rollers, support rollers, suspension, sloths, tracks, track tensioners were taken. From the PzKpfw III tank, the SAU received the Maybach HL 120 TRM V-12 engine with the SSG-77 transmission, braking devices, driving wheels, and control mechanisms. Specially for the automatic control system, new shafts were developed that transmit power from the engine, exhaust pipes, oil filters, inertial starters, fuel lines, winter equipment.
Largely due to the limited ammunition, 22-24% of all the machines were built as an ammunition transporter, the design of which practically did not differ from the design of the self-propelled gun itself, the possibility of installing guns in the field remained.
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