It depends what you mean by the term - 'instructional.' There is little you could actually teach recruits with a small wooden model. All it shows is the outline of the Stug. So it either has to be a model meant as a desk ornament for office or home - or perhaps a model used to teach German gunners the art of vehicle recognition.
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
The key question for me is wether its a military or civilian item. In the case of the later, the book I mentioned says they were supplied for instruction to anti tank gunners, as you suggest.
Engineering companies all over the world have made exactly this type of model ever since what we in UK call the "Industrial Revolution" and have used them during concept and design conferences when dicussing amongst designers or briefing potential users. They still do it today even in the age of computer models as do architects.
Also anyone who has served in the military during the last 100 years will have seen similar items used in recognition or gunnery training.
Along with the explanation above concerning the nomenclature on the label the physical accurracy and construction of this piece make it very difficult for me so see any likelyhood of it ever being produced as a plaything.
I think it is a nice example of a particular type of militaria,
PS Sir Christopher Wren built an accurate wooden model of St Pauls Cathedral mounted on a table with a hole for a viewers head so that the interior could be seen as well.
That looks great, Ralph! Thank you! I wish that I could give you dimensions for the flaps but they are all missing and I don't ever recall seeing them. I know that my dad played with this when he was a kid so I'll just blame it on him.
You should be able to get a width measurement from the fender and guess at the length by looking at the photos of the other one. The new shield and other parts are made from solid maple that has been cut and sanded to the appropriate dimensions. It has been treated with sanding sealer to acquire a smooth finish when painted. I don't believe matching the paint color will be as difficult as matching the cracking in the original paint. Here are a few more photos.
The original model is not made from solid wood but rather a form of sawdust or chips combined with some sort of resin and formed under high pressure. Here are a few photos to show this.
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"The original model is not made from solid wood but rather a form of sawdust or chips combined with some sort of resin and formed under high pressure. Here are a few photos to show this."
An early form of chipboard or MDF perhaps? It certainly seems more like an "architechural" model making technique for making illustrative "demonstration" pieces rather than toys. Such a production method would allow accurate dimensions to be created quickly and without particular carpentry skills once the tooling was produced. I suppose it might also be explained as another of the many "Ersatz" materials used in times of austerity. Still not a toy for my "six pennyworth"
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For what it's worth, I'll say that in my opinion, it's not a toy or an instructional piece, but rather a desk top model for an officer or some such person. I would not expect to see the very prominent display of the manufacturer company and their address, etc on it, otherwise. In any case, it's a cool little thing and very worthy of being in anyone's prized collection.
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