A modeller made me a diorama depicting a Jagdpanzer IV.
Although it was my original intention to depict a Jadgpanzer IV from schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 655 in latre Autumn, Ardennes. But soon I found I did not do my homework after it was completed.
1. Did it snow in late Autumn, Ardennes or the muddy ground (caused by the rain) is reasonable?
2. I think the rust is unfortunately excessive given the unit only received the new Jagdpanzer IV in Sep and there was no combat in between Sep and Dec.Generally an AFV would not rust like this unless sitting in the junkyard for a quite a few years.
3. I may choose the wrong figure as the NCO holding MP40 is wearing M42(M43?) fur-lined "Kharkov" jacket,which is not seen in Ardennes.
4. Some people in other forum also pointed out two small details, being
the gun sight and gun point at different directions + Germans dont pile up so many stuffs on a Panzer IV engine deck, coz it would block the ventilation grills and cut off the cooling air intakes.
Now the questions are
how can I make amends for the rust? make a new set of side skirts?
If I take out the Panzer and leave the figure, which year (season) and which theater of war does the diorama most closely represents? Late Autumn Ukraine 1943 or Hungary 1944?