Seeking information on LAHSS Pz IV "055" command tank

My 2(Panzerfourmadness)cents:

#055 looks like VOMAG’s April or May 1943 production Ausf.G tank:
-Weld line across exhaust muffler,
-Antenna deflector bends down and is attached to the bottom part of gun mantlet,
-2 Bosch lights with cables bending backwards
-Cutout above driver visor,
-2 bolts for the 1st turret Schuerzen bracket,
-Schuerzen door latch on front door.

#055 might have been one of the 16 Pz.IV’s shipped for LSSAH by train from Germany on June 25th 1943.Such shipments usualy took a week to arrive at the Eastern Front.

Other observations:
First, second and third pictures of #055 from Frenchy show tracks fitted backwards.The picture from Italy shows them fitted normally.

On second and third picture the comanders hatch is opened to the right, which is odd.Usualy it opened to the left, for a short period in May-to the rear.I guess this is a field modification- an easy one as it only meant unscrewing a bolt, rotating the hatch frame to the desired position and screwing the bolt again.

#055 is a great modelling subject, Wade!
Hope to enjoy your build,

Cheers,
Angel

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