Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

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Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by ayovtshev » 04 Nov 2019 19:43

Dear All,

This is my scratchbuilt Pf.11 from the Heavy Pontoon Bridge B(Brückengerät B).
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It belongs to the Bridge Batallion of First Engineer Regiment/First Bulgarian Army,1945.

I built it to refferencies from the internet-including some pictures from Axis Forums Trailer thread- while also using 2 Bulgarian Brückengerät B manuals, I own.

While building the Pf.11, I was sent some pictures from the surviving Pontonwagen on display at a millitary base in my country.
2 months ago I was able to visit the base and... touch, smell and crawl over and under the real thing :D
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The Pf.11 is towed by a Henschel 33D1 truck from the same unit:
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The couple won first place in it's category at Manta Models Show 2019/Veliko Tarnovo,Bulgaria

Cheers,
Angel
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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by Leo Niehorster » 20 Nov 2019 09:45

I like what you have done, including the paint job.
Does it have the possibility to install the upright tubes with wheels at the top to roll the pontoon of the trailer?
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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by ayovtshev » 21 Nov 2019 08:13

Thanks Leo!

To your question- no, the tubular struts are glued in transport position, as are the small wheels.

I know there was also a wide round bar, used when the pontoon was rolled off from the trailer--it was carried on the right side amidships-but I couldn't find any info where exactly it sat when in use.

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Angel

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by Leo Niehorster » 21 Nov 2019 09:49

See here. Lovely fim. Unloading begins at ~7 minutes.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c0NMGuv1mE&app=desktop

(Worth watching the entire clip.)

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by ayovtshev » 21 Nov 2019 15:42

Thank you very much, Dr. Niehorster!

I didn't know about this Erziehungsfilm, it's realy worth watching it!

I only knew about "Pioniere voran":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZSFSVLEguI
and I found it very helpfull when I was modelling some of the bridge construction elements.

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Angel

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by Leo Niehorster » 21 Nov 2019 19:49

Here's an image of what I meant. The 2nd one is a zoomed in shot on the upright.
(Thanks to Ilian.)

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by ayovtshev » 21 Nov 2019 22:05

Thanks again- this picture is worth gold!

Not only the sviweled tubular frames with wheels at trailer's rear are visible, but also the thick rod being pushed beneath the halfpontoon.
It is inserted between the protruding ends of the spacing rods for the Belagbretter and provides the rear (rolling) support points(the front support points being both wheels on the tubular frames) for the halfpontoon sides at unloading.

I didn't know Ilian has this picture too...
I showed him the Pontonwagen when I finished working on it.Earned some straight-forward (so Ilian-like) critics on wheel size and numbers.And did some changes accordingly.Ilian is a man of great expertise,skills and humor.And a great modeller too!

BTW-we just had a dinner with him and some other modelling buddies.

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Angel

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by Leo Niehorster » 21 Nov 2019 22:35

Great. Good that you know and meet each other.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: Pontonwagen(Pf.11)/Brückengerät B

Post by gebhk » 22 Nov 2019 13:41

Cracking film Leo - one of my favourites. By the by it has some nice shots of Pi Kw III which are rather rare.

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