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Looking for markings on Finnish Famo's

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:09 pm
by Sambo
Hello,

I'm looking for unit marking's that where used on the maintenance famo's during WWII & post WWII. I have seen the one picture from this site, but cannot make out the unit emblem on the front driver's fender. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Sam

Re: Looking for markings on Finnish Famo's

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:23 pm
by AndreasLarka
Sambo wrote:I have seen the one picture from this site, but cannot make out the unit emblem on the front driver's fender.


Starting with quite a hard question... I have seen two pics of the emblem in question, but both are take at such an angle that I cant make out the emblem, sorry! I don't believe that the emblem was used during the war, but I am not sure about this.

Here are a couple of shots taken post-war. Due to copyright reasons I can't show the pics in whole:

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Please note the different registration numbers of the two Famos.

Re: Looking for markings on Finnish Famo's

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:13 am
by AndreasLarka
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This picture of "SA-3825" must be taken later than the one above. The font of the registration number has been changed and the emblem has been painted on the left front fender.

Re: Looking for markings on Finnish Famo's

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:44 am
by AndreasLarka
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Seems like the same emblem was used at the rear of the vehicle also. Again due to copyright I can't show the picture as a whole.

Edit: In photos from 1947 the emblem in question can't be seen. It seems like the emblem has been added sometime between 1947 and 1952.

Wartime registration numbers

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:22 pm
by AndreasLarka
Talking to myself again...

According to Mr. Esa Muikku the wartime registration numbers were: SA-38565 and SA-38566.

Ref: http://www.ipmsfinland.org/keskustelu/read.php?f=1&i=8197&t=8195

Not only on Famos

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:06 am
by AndreasLarka
Jep,
Did some more digging around and checked out the Puolustusvoimien moottoriajoneuvot 1960 - 2000 -book.

I found a few pics of a White halftrack and some regular trucks that had the same - or very similar - markings. Thus it seems like the emblem was used by more outfits than just the Armoured Brigade and that more vehicles than just Famos was marked with it.

I.e. it seems like the marking is somekind of universal marking for trucks and transportation vehicles. And still I have no idea what it really looks like...

Same problem.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:35 pm
by Guest
Hi!

Well I have a same problem abt finnish famos. Am I correct. During war time there was a hard edge three colour camo with big colour areas? Register number on front but is there anywhere in back? Colour of this register plate? No unit markings during the war?

Cheers Mikko

Forget to log in. sorry.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:36 pm
by MikkoH
So it was me the quest. :oops:

Cheers Mikko

Re: Same problem.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:54 am
by AndreasLarka
MikkoH wrote:During war time there was a hard edge three colour camo with big colour areas?

Jep.

MikkoH wrote:Register number on front but is there anywhere in back? Colour of this register plate?

The rear register plate was probably on the left - on the same place it was post war. I believe that the colour of the plate was yellow (or orange?) with black letters.

MikkoH wrote:No unit markings during the war?

Not that I know of.

The problem with the Finnish Famos is that there are so very few wartime pictures around:
    - There is one (half) SA-kuva from the parade in Enso in June 1944.
    - In my and Mr. Erkki Käkelä's Suomalaisten rynnäkkötykkien kohtalot -book one Famo can be seen in the background on the Ps.531-47 -page.
    - The third and last picture I have seen can be found in the "Puolustusvoimien moottoriajoneuvot" -book mentioned earlier in this tread.

The rest of the pics that I have seen are post-war.

There probably are more pictures out there. But they are either in the drawers of the veterans relatives or the "gurus" of our hobby are keeping them to themselves...

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:19 pm
by MikkoH
Thanks Andreas! Also have heard rumours that wartime register colour being almost beige.
Have seen two of those pics. Have to check that Puolustusvoimien moottoriajoneuvot book. Seems like there's much room for improvisation. And that murphys law is around corner so I think I finish my 72 scale famo first and leave tamiya 35 famo for better reference time!;)

Cheers Mikko

Re: Looking for markings on Finnish Famo's

PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:27 am
by Franz Repper
Hallo Ok my First post here but the remaining Famo has now been moved inside the museum at Parola there is a face book group were those that live some distance from the Museum can track the progress of the Restoration work
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