American Aero restored a Hetzer ambush tank to include the restoration of its 88 cannon and the fighting compartment.
Fabricating shellsSince the Hetzer had all of its shell racks, wooden replicas were fabricated and painted to resemble the originals.
Transport to OwnerOnce completed the Hetzer was loaded and tarped for transport to it owner.
Paint SchemeThe tank was prepared for the original three tone paint scheme worn by Hetzers late in the war.
Hetzer ArrivesWhen the Hetzer arrived, it was in need of final paint inside and out, some final fabrication of interior parts and the fabrication of a breech which would fire black powder blanks.
Paint SchemeThe Hetzer is in its finished paint scheme.
Breech mechanismSince the handles and other parts were missing from the breech, new parts were fabricated like the originals.
Mantlet restored and painted
Restored gun and mantletThe gun and mantlet were built up along with the fabrication of the electric trigger.
Gun cradle handles in the fighting compartmentNew handles and a trigger mechanism were fabricated.
Loaded and Covered
ToolboxThe toolbox that sits on the rear fender was missing, a new one was fabricated and installed.
Fighting compartment and breechWhen the exterior was in its final tri-color paint the fighting compartment was completed with final fabrication of components, faux shells, paint, breech and operational electric trigger.
Unloading the Hetzer
MG-34 Gun mount and shieldThe cradle, armor shield and turning handles were missing from the tank. Using drawings and photos of original parts a new mount was fabricated and installed.