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Stug III Ausf A Build

Stage 15 Time to assemble the mount and platform for the gun and the floor of the fighting compartment. This stage is not tackled in a logical manner in my opinion, but with that said it is easy to change the procedure. I started by assembling the floor and fire wall of the fighting compartment. This area was easy to tackle except for the leg structure at the front of the gun mount that needs be measured and cut at a designated point before adding another piece added; again I feel this is poor in a kit of this cost. With that said if you take your time and measure twice cut once you should manage the procedure. The guns cradle was the area I tackled next and was pleased with the result of my efforts. The elements are then brought together and look good in my opinion.

Stage 16 The main gun is next to hit the bench and again I was disappointed to find I had to take the razor saw to the barrel and cut it into three pieces before assembling two of the parts with a new centre piece. OK the cutting of the barrel with the razor saw was easy enough for me even though checking the measurement was no fun, but again the cost of the model tells me this should not be needed. Apart from this I was happy with the look of the parts after final assembly.

Stage 17 This only requires a couple of the ammunition parts be added to the rest of the interior. Once this was done I got out the cream paint and started the painting of this area. The interior then received a little detail painting and several washes of different colours, most of these were dark colours in order to make the detail easy to see via the limited viewing points. The commanders seat had some colour variation applied and the floor of the compartment had some mud applied along with the seat.
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About the Author

About Darren Baker (CMOT)

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...


I am glad you found it useful.
OCT 11, 2017 - 09:03 PM
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 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM
Wrong key hit Matt and thanks for the heads up.
OCT 12, 2017 - 04:41 AM
Perfect timing! I was getting ready to start this one soon. Appreciate the tips & insights.
OCT 12, 2017 - 11:15 PM
Darren, I really appreciate all the helpful tips. Very inspiring! vr Tim
OCT 13, 2017 - 04:53 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 14, 2017 - 10:41 PM
Thank you Fred. The Tracks do not fit as they need to be stretched.
OCT 15, 2017 - 02:35 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 25, 2017 - 06:44 PM
Thank you for a very inspiring approach, however Dragon made a big mistake, there's no radiorack on the backwall of the fighting compartment, leading to the motorroom, I don't know where they got this information from, I have the German workshop manual on the Stug 111 A-D, and on none of them there's any evidence o this radiorack.
APR 17, 2018 - 12:41 AM
Perhaps it is seen on Stugs that were used by the Finnish?
APR 17, 2018 - 03:09 AM
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