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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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StuG.III Ausf.G (Dragon 6365)
Kaktusas
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 05:46 PM GMT+7
Starting bit late in the build, but better latter than never. Major assembly complete, moving on with painting. All parts now have been base coated, tracks - primed. I prefer to give base coat at least a week to cure well, then, when spraying camo, if suddenly i don't like how one or another line looks, or if airbrush starts to misbehave, i can clean of those boo -boo's with alcohol soaked tissue. Same applies with weathering. Somehow, if im overly enthusiastic with enamel weathering effects, they tend to soften acrylics, and those get easily damaged, or worse, peeled off. Clear coat helps a little bit, but as i also use acrylic varnish, it does soften too. So for me, long curing time between major steps works best. I also build other kits in parallel, so waiting isn't an issue.




more will fallow shortly.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 06:16 PM GMT+7
Finally managed to finish cammo. Took me a while, as had to get rid of Aztec airbrush. Now its time to add all the tools and other small painted parts. I have also painted schurzen, but i feel i will keep them off until the last stage of build. BTW, maybe its just me, but schurzen supplied dont really fit. The only way to mount them out of the box is to have them overlapping. If you ever try to hang those additional crew protection plates on top of staggered schurzen, you will end up in supper messy looking stug. Unfortunately, i realized this after i painted them, so i had to trim them, and paint them 2nd time.



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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 06:35 PM GMT+7
NIce looking camo.


Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:46 PM GMT+7
I agree with Gary that the camo looks very nice. I also think you did a great job on painting the tracks, the rust looks spot on.

Ernest
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:36 PM GMT+7
Nice looking build. Thank you for the heads up, on the schurzen.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM GMT+7
Very nice work.
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 06:09 PM GMT+7
Thanks for positive feedback guys!
Test fitted schurzen, they seem just right now. At moment, they are not fixed at place, but they align perfectly edge to edge. I have also started painting wooden tools. For painting wood, i use acrylic tan base, with brown oil paint for the wood grain. They came out little darker than i planed, so i will tone them down a little bit. But first, i need to wait until the oil paint completely dries.



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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 07:34 PM GMT+7
Hello Darius,
Nice build and a very nice camo pattern!
cheers,
Zsolt
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 07:53 AM GMT+7
I totally agree... very nice camo!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:14 AM GMT+7
Looking very nice. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 05:12 AM GMT+7
Got my dose of meditation, in form of painting tires:

Also, attached tools, and coated everything gloss. Now, it will take few days, before i will apply filters, so back to Kettenkrad build
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Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 08:38 AM GMT+7
Filters + pin wash, now its time to attach hatches, track links and start chipping some paint.
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Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM GMT+7
Nice camo.
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Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
I have this kit, in my stash(waiting on some media). I'm looking forward to it, after my m109 bash. Your's is turning out nicely. I look forward to seeing the chipped paint.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 07:29 PM GMT+7
Well, there isn't going to be much chipping. Browsing my reference books now, and my main observation is that vehicles before, or during battle of Kursk were in good condition. This version of stug was manufactured just before the battle took place. Im painting it in Das Reich markings, which means that it was freshly moved to front. There are not much trees or bushes around battle area that tanks have to negotiate, to explain scraching of the schurzen etc. Around hatches and so on... soldiers were not wearing medieval armor to knock paint of. So in most cases, there will be minor wear in dunkelgelb color, then on loaders hatch, where MG shield touches it when folded back. As well area of hatch, that touches track links on the back of superstructure. Areas where crew or "passengers" walk, will mainly have cammo wear, and only on the extremes there will be paint knocked off. As well, it seems that on drive sprockets, there should be tear only where links touch the sprockets, and teeth themselves should still have paint on, as their tips dont come into contact with tracks (if you dont drive in deep mud, when sprocket itself is already touching the mud). Going to dig in in to the books little bit more, before i start shaking paint .
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
sweet camo