Hetzer Walk-Around

Hetzer Walk-Around:

Patton Museum Hetzer:
On the heels of the new Takom Hetzer kit coming out, here is a walk-around of several vehicles I have encountered. Some are original WWII AFVs and some are back-dated post-war items.

G-13 Back-dated Vehicle seen here:
Post-war Hetzer

This one has the late 4-hole idler wheel.
At some point this vehicle was back dated to look more as a WWII AFV.

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G-13 Engine Details:
Patton Vehicle

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Hetzer Interior:
This vehicle is/was in the Collection of Kiesler Police Supply & Firearms; Indiana.
To my knowledge this vehicle is WWII era original and complete.


Note wartime 8-hole rear idler wheel as seen above.
(If it does not have teeth it is not a sprocket.)

Front Drive Sprocket above.

Rear firewall.

This last photo is Patton vehicle with cabin roof deck removed for maintenance.

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Unknown Vehicle - Buckley Homestead Event; Lowell, Indiana:

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Are these engine photos original or post war engine?

Great shots of the Hetzer in action!

And if it doesn’t say “Spacely’s” it’s just an ordinary sprocket.


It could be a Cogswell Cog!


Those first engine photos are of the Patton post-war vehicle

Help Jane! Stop this crazy thing . . . !

Take care… a lot of this are G13 (postwar) more or less converted in Hetzer

The Patton Hetzer is most likely a G-13 but the Keisler owned vehicle is, I believe, original WWII as stated in the text.

The Patton Hetzer was a G-13. Somewhere I have an old photo of it with the muzzle brake on it.

Never saw it with a brake.

Oh sure, now I have to dig out my old photos and scan something.

Not a big surprise, that was back in the 1970s. These are a pair of post cards I bought at the Patton Gift shop in 1980, when I was going through training:

The caption on the back of the top one reads: German 38 (T) Tank Destroyer and Volkswagen “Jeep”. These restored, operational vehicles are featured at the Patton Museum “Living History” Demonstration each July Fourth.


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More on the Wartime Keisler Hetzer:

And Again:

Remote MG mount

Frontal Area:

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Great walk-around. Keep the pics coming.

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And the Rear Plate:

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Barrel Rifling:

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From the Patton Museum Library; Icks Collection:

NOTE: Early 12 hole idler, horizontal muffler, muzzle brake and unusual “boar’s head” mantlet design.

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