German Leaf Springs
I'm always careful to clean the mold lines off the leaf springs on any WWII vehicle I might build. However, perhaps I've been overdoing it, at least on the German vehicles?
Anyone know the real story regarding these seam lines on the leaf spring under this German generator trailer? I first noticed a similar seam line on the front axle leaf spring of the FAMO that was restored by Kevin Wheatcroft in England about ten years ago.
As far as I can figure, the Germans must have run their spring stock thru some sort of rolling mandible that put a ridge/crease down the center of the individual leaves. I suspect this increased the maximum load weight the spring could handle and reduced any tendency for the leaves to work out of alignment.
Anyone have more info?
Mike Koenig Photo
p.s. On my model FAMO I still cleaned this line off anyway b/c I feared a judge would mark me down for not properly cleaning this very visible part.