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Stug III G Late version

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Introduction
One evening before the winter set in, while perusing the modeling websites, I discovered that Cyber Hobby had a limited production run on the Stug III G late version with PE Schürzen; kit #6412. It was exactly what I was looking for so I ordered that along with two Concord Sturmartillerie books as some additional reference material to compliment the two Squadron Stug III books that I already own. I had already built the Dragon kit Stug III G early version without Zimmerit or Schürzen several years ago, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into even before the box arrived at the house.

After looking through all the books and photos on-line, I set out to build a Stug III from the early months of 1945 when the fighting on the Eastern Front was getting increasingly difficult for the German forces.

The Build
I started with the hull tub, wheels and tracks. The magic tracks are easy to use, have minimal cleanup and provide a good look to the vehicle as long as the track is kept tight around the drive sprocket and idler wheel. One of the really cool things about this kit is that it comes with enough pieces to build an early Stug III G or a late version Stug III G or a combination of parts from the early and late version to represent a vehicle that has either gone through a rebuild process or was on the assembly line as the parts supplies changed.

The instructions don’t really tell you what is early and what is late but when you look at enough photos of actual tanks from that timeframe you’ll find that some had late version Schürzen and an early version gun mantel with a combination of return rollers. I decided I would build mine to represent one similar to what I had seen in a couple of the photos. I used the steel return rollers, drive sprocket without the armored center cover, late version Schürzen, and early G version casemate roof along with the PE rack around the rear of the engine deck.

After I completed the basic build of the hull I moved onto the engine deck and the casemate. The PE rack on the engine deck went together without errors and the nicest part was it has “welded” styrene blocks on the engine deck where the rack connects to the deck which was good since I didn’t have to guess where it belonged.

On the inside of the fighting compartment I added some additional details to bring the inside up to the same level of detail as the outside. I added wire from the antenna to a small box on the rear wall and then a piece of wire from the small box out to the antenna. I also added a piece of .60 thick strip styrene to replicate the protective wiring track along the rear wall. I bent a piece of strip styrene for a headset hook, and then made a headset from a strip of PE brass, round styrene stock with white putty for the earphones and thin wire from the headset to the radio. I added a strip of .10 thick styrene with bolts made from styrene round stock along the edge where the upper casemate meets the rear hull tub to show how the two pieces were bolted together. There is a canteen on the radio and an empty shell casing on the floor for an additional touch of realism along with MP 40’s mounted on the rear wall of the casemate as in my photos.

The cable ends from Cyber Hobby come with the brackets molded onto the cable end, so I had to scrap those off with a hobby knife since I wanted to show the cables running the length of the vehicle like I had seen in some of the photos. I then recreated the tow cable tie down brackets on the fenders with strip styrene and a plastic wing nut left over from another project.

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About the Author

About Kevin Potts (ElCapitan)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

I started to build models at the age of 6 and somewhere in my teens I took a long break. Then a couple of years ago I returned to the hobby and got back into it, so now I try something different on each vehicle in an attempt to push myself.


Comments

Beautiful build, Kevin. Great job on the interior and the camouflage scheme. Thanks for sharing
FEB 15, 2011 - 11:07 PM
Jesper, Thanks. I enjoyed the challenge while building it and wanted to try something a bit more, so this fit the bill nicely. Thanks. Kevin
FEB 16, 2011 - 03:59 AM
All around great job excellent paint,detail and weathering. Be proud of this one.
FEB 16, 2011 - 04:14 PM
Fantastic job Kevin! The paint and weathering looks great! Thanks for sharing your work with us!
FEB 27, 2011 - 08:29 AM
Wow, you have done a fabulous job there. Very understated but that makes it look realistic. I love the Stug III's especially with the saukopf - it make it look very streamlined and has a mean "hot-rod" look to it! stevie.
MAR 22, 2011 - 08:34 PM
Very nice. Is the interior OOB?
MAR 23, 2011 - 11:45 AM
Very nice Kevin, I really dig the external storage and the interior I too am wondering how much of the interior was box stock?
MAR 23, 2011 - 05:38 PM
Most of the interior comes with the kit. I added the wire chases on the rear wall, the bolts to show the joint between upper and lower hull, the MP 40's (supplied with the kit but not in the instructions), and MP40 wall mounts. I also added the MG42 from another kit since this one didn't have the MG, but did have the parts for the MG shield. thanks.
MAR 24, 2011 - 08:13 AM