Kfz 17/1 restoration part 4: paint and finish


As the car approaches completion, thoughts turn to how to finish it. After the final external details are fitted it is time for a fist coat of ordnance tan. To start with I wnated it to be a bit different from the three tone camo on the Kfz.17 so I decided for a green only pattern which it wore during the 2018 season. Meanwhile the interior detailing continued, with seats and cushions being fitted.  This also saw the first test drives of the car which identfied a few mechanical niggles that needed some attention.

Due to other commitments the work on the Kfz.17/1 slowed down somewhat after that, with a spurt of activities in the run up to the 2019 season. I wasn't 100% happy though so I decided to also give it a three tone pattern for the 75th anniversary of D-day commemorations. Fortunately I had designed the original green pattern with this eventuality in mind, so it was simply a case of adding some rotbraun overspray. In this form the Kfz.17/1 was exhibited for the D-day commemorations.

Work still continues in preparation for 2020, I will report on this in due time. Thanks for looking!

Something that looks like a car... Something that looks like a car...
Still looking a bit wonky.... Still looking a bit wonky....
Tools going on Tools going on
protective brackets protective brackets
antenna.... antenna....
a bit less wonky now.... a bit less wonky now....
indicator stalks.... indicator stalks....
mechanically complete! mechanically complete!
Preparation for spaying first coat Preparation for spaying first coat
Ordnance tan all over... Ordnance tan all over...
looking good! looking good!
spare wheel spare wheel
radio table details.... radio table details....
exterior complete! exterior complete!
retouching original registration retouching original registration
preparing for first camo spray... preparing for first camo spray...
Brothers in arms! Brothers in arms!
Completely fitted! Completely fitted!
Stabhochantenne Stabhochantenne
FU7SE20 radio installation FU7SE20 radio installation
equipment in the boot equipment in the boot
getting ready for first public show... getting ready for first public show...
...a last tinker under the bonnet ...a last tinker under the bonnet
..and off she goes! ..and off she goes!
Change of camo pattern Change of camo pattern
75th D-day commemorations 75th D-day commemorations