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    What are these spindle attached to the wheel covers on this gun?

    http://files.games.1c.ru/il2pict/vvv-04_09.jpg
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    What are these spindle attached to the wheel covers on this gun?

    http://files.games.1c.ru/il2pict/vvv-04_09.jpg
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    I believe that is a built in hoisting system to remove the road wheel sections before firing.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ElAurens:
    I believe that is a built in hoisting system to remove the road wheel sections before firing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Not sure about that. The carriers did have a mechanism to hoist up the gun using a chain winch but I think the spindles mentioned are for coiling up communications cables. A battery of 88's could be connected back to a central command post that fed back target info to each gun. I think each gun carried it's own set of cables on these spindles. They look a bit flimsy for a chain hoist. More info here:

    http://www.achtungpanzer.com/articles/88mm.htm

    Also check out this vid at the 50 second mark:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...1DAo&feature=related
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    Dunno about the spindles, but I really hope the 88's in BoB won't be sharp-shooting single fighters below 6000 ft!!!
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Crimea_River:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ElAurens:
    I believe that is a built in hoisting system to remove the road wheel sections before firing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    ... I think the spindles mentioned are for coiling up communications cables. A battery of 88's could be connected back to a central command post that fed back target info to each gun. I think each gun carried it's own set of cables on these spindles. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Thats it. You will find a very brief explanation within this manual (page 9, unfortunately in german language). Interesting detail: it is mentioned that the spindles for communication cables were mounted on the fenders of the back wheels.

    http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmac...schriften/Flak88.pdf

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by julian265:
    Dunno about the spindles, but I really hope the 88's in BoB won't be sharp-shooting single fighters below 6000 ft!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    There was no proximity fusing for flak in 1939 so nothing should be able to do that in SOW.

    Late war in the pacific it was a different matter entirely.
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    When I built a model of the 88 the instructions said they were the hoists used to raise and lower the guns onto the road wheels.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Crimea_River:
    ...The carriers did have a mechanism to hoist up the gun using a chain winch... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    And indeed, closer examination of the above picture shows what appears to be a chain winch on the centreline of the carriage between each pair of wheels. This tends to support the suggestion that the spindles on the mudguards/fenders are comms cable (provided the 3D model is accurate of course )
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    I went downstairs and grabbed the instructions from my unbuilt Tamiya Flak 36/37 (kit # 35017). The reels hold communication cables.
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