I won't be using the decals from the kit as they are for a Ferdinand lost at Kursk, and I don't want to set off on the wild goose chase of building thousands of AFVs for Kursk in 20mm (doubtless someone, somewhere is doing that as I type. Poor, happy fellow). That left me with a small puzzle, as I know that vehicles used in Italy and in odd places later in the war where modified Ferdinands - i.e. , Elephants. That would have meant sourcing a Stug III commander's coupla and building a front mg position in the hull. But I was fairly sure I had a reference to a Ferdinand that would do the trick. And I did:
The colour plate is from the fount of all tankie knowledge, Steven Zaloga, and James Grandsen's excellent 1983 book:
and shows a Ferdinand at the Nikopol bridgehead in November 1943. So, that's what my Ferdinand will be.