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Stug III Ausf A Build

Painting
I started the painting with an undercoat of Tamiya surface primer from a rattle can as I like the result this product gives me. The recesses I filled in the left mudguard are the only area where I would have liked a better finish, but I can hide this defect easily enough with some added stores or a tarpaulin. All of the finishing options provided for this Stug III A are grey; accurate for the vehicle, but not an easy finish to get a good result with; yes I know some get great results, I struggle though.

To paint the model I used one of the Vallejo AFV Painting Systems, The Dunkelgrau German Dark Grey. This set consists of six 8ml or 0.27 fluid ounces which break down as follows:
601 Grey Primer
054 Dark Grey
053 Dark Sea Grey
052 German Grey
050 Light Grey
522 Satin Varnish
The paint used is the air colour from Vallejo and each and every paint colour and the varnish sprayed perfectly straight from the bottle; I sprayed at 15psi which looking at the photographs should have been an even lower psi setting of around 10. With that said the paint looks good to the naked eye and so I am happy in that respect. I did find the three dark greys to similar for my eye to really detect any differences and the light grey was too stark when sprayed on the model and so a change was called for in my opinion.

I applied the 054 Dark Grey to areas that would be in shade and so the darkest areas. I did not use the 053 Dark Sea Grey and instead I went with the 052 German Grey spraying around the sides of the model, I did keep the paint light where the dark grey had been applied. I then added a 30% 050 Light Grey to 70% 052 German Grey, I sprayed this on the top of the model and found I was much happier with the colour achieved. I have included images showing both attempts as your opinion may differ to mine.
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About the Author

About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

Thank you for the nice Stug modeling guide.
OCT 12, 2017 - 01:06 AM
I am glad you found it useful.
OCT 12, 2017 - 04:03 AM
Darren, nice to see you've been able to fit some "proper modelling" in among the unbelievable amount of work you put in on this site, and I hope you manage to get your plans for the diorama around this through to completion. I know the feeling about having to go buy additional tracks for a review sample kit. By the way, last sentence on page 11 - "I should also add..."
OCT 12, 2017 - 05:00 AM
Wrong key hit Matt and thanks for the heads up.
OCT 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM
Perfect timing! I was getting ready to start this one soon. Appreciate the tips & insights.
OCT 13, 2017 - 06:15 AM
Darren, I really appreciate all the helpful tips. Very inspiring! vr Tim
OCT 13, 2017 - 11:53 PM
Well done build guide. I really appreciate showing those workable track links but for the many modelers who don't/can't manage aftermarket items, I would also like to see what the kit tracks look like on the model. Maybe just one side as an example, then pull them off?
OCT 15, 2017 - 05:41 AM
Thank you Fred. The Tracks do not fit as they need to be stretched.
OCT 15, 2017 - 09:35 AM
Darren, thank you for this excellent review. It's a StuG III building manual, if you ask me. Saved the link for further references - I have the CyberHobby edition which I intend to build one day. Cheers! Gabriel
OCT 26, 2017 - 01:44 AM
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