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Stephen for sharing your excellent and very important photos.
This answers some open questions to me.
So if I have read Panzer Tracts correct, I would like to summarise (and If I am wrong I would be glad if someone corrects me) :
Your pictures shows a Sockellafette for the 2cm/KwK38 as introduced in August 1940 and fitted on some of the last produced Sdkfz 222 of the 3rd and in all 4th and 5th production run vehicles.
Panzer Tracts definates the use of 2 different kind of Sockellafette, one with 2 hand wheels for the gunner to adjust the gun (as shown on a photo in issue 13-1), used for the 2cm/Kwk30 and one with one handwheel (as shown on Stephens photos), so it seems this is the Sockelafette with "Knüppelsteuerung" as introduced in August 1940 and used for the 2cm/Kwk 38.
I have studied Panzer Tracts 13-1 yesterday especially for the used seats, and if they are correct (and I interpretate it right) than the 2 seats "with backrest" has been fitted on both Sockelafette versions, from 1st till 4th production run vehicles and the one with "bar seat" only from 5th production run on. As usually, beside exceptions
So in this case the Hobby Boss Sdkfz 222 would be right, Tamiya wrong (and even Tristar).
Its a pity that the Hobby Boss kit, which is well detailed and technically correct, is totally incorrect for the overall dimensions and upper hull shape.
This message has been edited by trex10 from IP address 188.8.131.52 on May 7, 2012 1:25 AM