First a short overview about the cranes in use with the German Panzerwaffe:
The German Army had for their maintenance several types of cranes.
- Büssing with an Bilstein 3 ton crane (a 4,5 ton truck)
- sZgkw. 18t. with the Bilstein 6 ton crane.
- Friescrane with 15, later 16 ton lifting capacity, often in combination with a Hanomag tractor
All other cranes do not belonged to the maintenance units.
For my model I used the Famo from PanzerDepot. The model looks good and it is easy to put into his parts.
After some work with a screw driver I have disassembled everything I need. The most critical point is, not to damage the front wheels. I my case I made a perfect work, they broke both.
After some smaller work I could glue the new platform on the frame. The white part I designed some weeks ago and got it printed by Shapeways.
Further I plan to use my new Bergegeschirr, which I had designed in 3D as well. Here you can see it in an first attempt with a Bergepanther and a Panther
The Famo some time later. I have added some smaller parts to let the set look a bit more in constant use.
The Famo with the Bilstein crane after the first painting.
Next step I had to finalize the painting and to add a soft cover for the cabin.