SPHF annual meeting 2011


Lasty weekend, SPHF, the Swedish Armour Historical Association, had its annual meeting. This year we went to the newly opened military vehicles museum Arsenalen.

We were guided around the museum by the manager and SPHF member Stefan Karlsson. The exhibit had not changed much since my previous visit, but there had been one noteable addition: a Volvo HBT. HBT in this case stands for HalvBandTraktor (halftrack) (In Sweden HBT stands for something else as well, but that´s not within the scope for this website).

Volvo HBT (or Artilleritraktor m/43), basically a swedish built DEMAG

After touring the museum we transported ourselves a few kilometres, where the museum stores all the vehicles that can´t be exhibited. The garages are not open to the public, and they are packed with various armoured and soft skinned vehicles in various states, from running condition to real wrecks.

The "false" engine. It´s a real Maybach engine, but it´s just scrap metal.

Stefan showed us the king tiger engine and gear box that was stolen from the old Armour Museum at Axvall a few years back. The engine/gearbox is the one of the very few (if only) complete and working setup in the whole world, and was loaned to a fellow who claimed he was going to take measurements in order to make new parts for another engine. When the museum got the engine/gearbox back, they were practically just two empty shells. All the gears and parts had been removed. The engine itself had been replaced by a broken engine with the serial filed off and replaced.
The police traced the parts to England where they were ceased. The museum got their parts back earlier this year.

The good engine. The cam shaft covers are mounted on the "bad" engine", and therefore missing in the picture above.

SEP T1 prototype, the first tracked prototype of the SEP project, that was cancelled when the Swedish army decided to go with the Finnish AMV instead.

This vehicle never did UN service. The markings "lie". It was however used by the training establishment were swedish UN soldiers received training before going on a mission. Th KP-car was indeed used on many UN missions, but not this particular vehicle, nor this particular version.

Do NOT use this vehicle as a reference on painting splinter camouflage, unless you want to build this particular vehicle (Stridvagn 103C). Not even heavily faded gate guards painted in the correct colours look like this.

This is the SEP W1, the first wheeled prototype of the SEP. It steers using the first and last axles, and the the hydropneumatic suspension enables the ride height to be varied.

Below you will find more pictures. The stored collection of vehicles is really large, and I just documented a part of it. Also, the vehicles are really packed tight and not easy to photograph.

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3 Responses to SPHF annual meeting 2011

  1. Roman says:

    Mer StuG bilder?

    • Erik Gustavsson says:

      Tyvärr stod StuG’en så trångt att det var svårt att komma åt, men jag lade upp den enda bild till jag hade. Jag har säkert fler bilder arkiverade någonstans från axvall-tiden i och för sig.
      Som jag uppfattat situationen så finns det en vilja från museets sida att visa upp StuG’en, men att de vill renovera den först. Ett av de stora problemen med vagnen är att den är så vårdslöst målad. Hur man ska rätta till den situationen har man inte riktigt grepp om i dagsläget. Som den ser ut nu så är den målad i tre-fyra olika nyanser av gul, varierande från blekgul till nära nog pippigul. Vi får väl hoppas att museet får tid och ork att se över vagnen och att de kan så långt det är möjligt återställa den till någon form av ursprungligt utseende.

  2. Roman says:

    ok, det høres bra ut.

    Er det noen som kan hjelpe med måling av noen deler fra Stug?

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