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Stug III Ausf A Build

Stage 9 At this point we get to the fighting compartment of the Stug. Dragon Models has provided two MP40 machine guns for crew weapons, these have been dressed up with photo etched slings and retaining straps. I have not applied these to the model at this time as it will be hard to detail paint them after installation. The sights for the Stug have been supplied with the option of in use or folded down. The aerials involve some cutting down which is difficult due to the small size of the part; I secured the aerial to the part that had to be cut before cutting as it gave me a lot more control. Take note of the instructions as there are again some locater recesses that need to be filled.

Stage 10 This section starts to close up the fighting compartment and again it calls for the use of the razor saw on the model parts. The roof of the compartment has some panels that need to be removed, the panel lines that are present make great guides for the cutting that is required here. Take care when adding the supplied radio to the rear of the fighting compartment as it can easily make adding the roof a real chore if placed too high, or if you mistake the bar on the rear panel as a locater, I ended up placing the roof panel and then sliding the radio stack up to it before any glue was used. I again left the radio faces off at this point to aid detail painting.
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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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