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StuG III Ausf.G Early
Teacher
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 03:59 AM UTC
Here''s the one a lot of modeller''s have been waiting for! The all brand new Smart Series StuG III Ausf G Early from Dragon!

Dragon StuG III Ausf.G



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
jlmurc
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 04:22 AM UTC
Ohhhh Vinnie,

I want one, I want one, I want one.

I had better look to trading my Tamiya one.

Thanks a really good review.

John
ericadeane
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 04:23 AM UTC
I'm DEFINITELY one of those modellers waiting for this one. The StuG III is my favorite AFV (or at least ties with the Sherman). When Tom Cockle posted some pre-production shots on ML, I contacted him about an omission in one area. He replied that he hadn't noticed it, and informed the DML kit designers.

Looking at your excellent photos, I see the suggestion I made was included! Nice work DML! You'll be getting a few of my dollars for this one!!
biffa
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 04:43 AM UTC
this is also one of my most favoured subjects, no stug usually lasts long in my stash and this will be no exception, great review of what looks like is goin to be a very popular kit.
wbill76
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 09:42 AM UTC
I was hoping this one would come available in time for Christmas. Dragon don't fail me now!
RichardM
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 07:19 PM UTC
Nice preview. It seems that this is another winner

Now we need a build blog to see if all fits well. As you are an experienced builder and this is a Smart Kit aimed at novice/regular builder, I suggest you send it to me for this task :-) :-)
Teacher
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 07:33 PM UTC
It's a review. You know I was just thinking I might as well send it to you, and then I realised that the 'Smart' kits aren't aimed at novices, they're aimed at any modeller that wants an accurate, uncomplicated build..........so I think I'll do it. :-)

Vinnie
RichardM
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 07:50 PM UTC
Ah! crap, it almost worked

On the other hand I'm sure you prefer complicated build over simple ones.

Alpenflage
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 08:17 PM UTC
Great review Vinnie. Cant wait for this one to arrive here at my shop

Dont forget the Cyber-Hobby Update & Conversion Set for this kit. I'm sure we will see an in-box review for that as well

Cheers !!

Robert
james84
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 08:55 PM UTC
Thanks!
I've been waiting for this for long!
Logan
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 05:00 AM UTC
HI

Oooooooh I wanted two before and now I realize I was WRONG !!! Must buy THREE :-)

But, I think you were less than 100% complimentary, heaven forbid the manufacturers blogger finds out ... :-) I think you should send it to me before they get mad and not send you any more kits !!!

Tom
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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2006 - 03:35 AM UTC
As usual Vinnie an excellent balanced review. Yes, I DO want one at least! Maybe this could be my Christmas present from the kids! If I could add my 2 penn'orth, transfer 3 looks like the divisional sign of 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division "Reichsfuhrer SS" (the laurel leaf design was the rank badge of RFSS). This unit fought almost exclusively in Italy. Photographic evidence shows this unit used black SS runes painted on the mantlet above the gun, & on the rear plate, as a formation sign, but these are not included on the transfer sheet unfortunately. As a PzGr Division, the Panzerabteilung was equipped with Stugs.
Catch-22
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2007 - 07:37 PM UTC
You asked...

"According to two of the references I have the Commander's cupola should have eight periscopes, and according to one of the references it should have seven. The kit one has seven, and I believe this to be the correct configuration?"

http://www.andreaslarka.net/sturmi.html

I know this is a slightly later? 'G', but on this webpage look at the 2nd set of eight photographs, top right photograph.

Seven periscopes and the hatch hinge make eight 'recesses'?