Apologies for my recent absence, too much on to get over the switch from Dropbox to Imgur. If you are looking at pictures below, I've cracked it...
As the title implies, it is an 8.8cm Pak 43 and I've had it on the go for at least twenty years. If memory serves, it may be by Barry Walby's MMS and is 1/76 scale - if you know better, please say so. I think the project originally stalled when I had misgivings over some of the details but could not find enough reference to push it to completion.
Winding forward to now, I was inspired whilst re-reading the late Ian Daglish's fine account of Operation Goodwood in Normandy. In is there is an account of the German defense of Cagny which was bolstered by the arrival of Artillerie-Pak-Abt 1039 which comprised twenty seven of these very powerful weapons. In the next 24 hours they were very heavily engaged - losing half their strength (and their commanding officer, but accounting for thirty five British tanks.
The most obvious change is the replacement of the gun with a replacement turned aluminium and brass barrel - suitably built into the recuperator housing so that it better represents 1/76 scale. I've also corrected the ammunition stowage, improved the sighting and training equipment and modified the shield so that it looks more convincing for the scale. Oh, and replaced the gun crutch.
There's still a way to go but, thanks to the advent of the internet since I started the project, it's so much easier to find that all-important image you need to get over hurdles.
Oddly, I've modified the size of this last image but it won't play ball. With a little scrolling you get a much better idea of how nice the barrel is.
Hope this may inspire someone to crack on with a neglected old queen - so to speak...
All the best