Stug III (F1) - Mark Groth

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Post  hmgroth on Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:11 pm

Well, it's been quite some time since my last update and, while I haven't been working on my StuG dawn 'til dusk, I have made some more progress.

I decided to leave the cover "as is" and just clean-up the edges. I also added some weld beads to the sight opening cover:



I also completed work on the fenders and completed my first set of Magic Tracks. I must say they were much less hassle than I had been led to believe:



All I need to do now is to attach the front plate, two sections of the upper hull, barrel and support, tow cables, and antennae. Then it's off to the paint booth.

Gotta semi-clear the decks for the May 72nd-scale build and to get started on my Israeli build Wink

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Post  hmgroth on Sat May 04, 2013 5:20 am

For all intents and purposes, finished the build on my Fl this afternoon. Here are some hastily-taken shots of this beast. All I have left to add are the tow cables and antennae. My plan is to begin painting next week.









All comments or questions welcome, of course!

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Post  John T on Sat May 04, 2013 4:01 pm

Looks great Mark! Well done

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Post  G Cooper on Sat May 04, 2013 8:28 pm


Hiya Mark:

That look nice and hot Wink . I was wondering something though. Do you think they would still have the gun cleaning rods on the rear deck with no gun for them to clean? I am thinking that those are something the crew would get rid of somewhere, and maybe put something else in the rack. I really don't know myself as there is basicly no photo reference for this vehicle, but I would think that they would not be there. Just a little something for you to consider.

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Post  Jenny Ryan on Sun May 05, 2013 12:11 am

Looks really kewl Very Happy , good point on the cleaning rods Gary Very Happy , I am sure that some other Stug crew would have "liberated" them of the extra weight Very Happy , Maybe they replaced them with giant marshamallow toasting forks ? lol!

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Post  hmgroth on Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:17 pm

Finally had the chance over the past several days to get some paint splashed on my Fl. Oh, I decided to leave the cleaning rod on. Not sure, but I bet they had to somehow clean the tube. Anyhow, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Very Happy

I first gave it a primer coat with some Tamiya white from the ol' rattle can that I had laying about:


I followed that with the first color from the AK Dunkelgelb Modulation set, spraying the lower hull and suspension with Shadow:


Then I sprayed the rest of the vehicle with Dark Base:


Next up was the Base color. I tried to leave Dark Base showing in the shadow areas. There actually is more of the Dark Base visible but it is being washed out in the photo:


Lastly, I sprayed Light Base and Highlight on the upper surfaces that would receive the most direct lighting. I painted the plate over the sight opening with True Earth red oxide and painted a couple of the covers with an extreme highlight to break up the one-color scheme. A satin coat was then applied in preparation for the few decals:


Although the photos do not show the true color differences, they don't show as much contrast as I would like. Lessons learned for next time. Very Happy 

Next up are the decals, tow cables, antennae, painting of on-board tools, etc., and then weathering. Onwards!

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