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Stug III Ausf A Build

Stage 13 Here we move onto the engine deck and for me there are mixed blessing to consider. The hatches could be displayed open if an engine set has been acquired for the model, but having to add the hinge portion on the engine deck is an unexpected nuisance. The air intake housings fit well and the photo etched grills fit well and easily. The biggest complaint I have is that all of the small detail pieces you are directed to add at this point have no designated locaters to indicate placement, the result is that you are left to make best guess while using the instructions. I consider this poor in a kit that will cost in the £60 range in the UK.

Stage 14 Work now starts on some of the internal fighting compartment structures. This takes the form of a couple of ammunition bins and the breech of the main gun. The breech can be assembled open or closed which is good in my opinion. You again encounter the ‘add bolt detail here’, this means adding 12 bolts to the exterior face of the main gun mount. I did not do this as I do not believe the bolts can be seen on the finished model.
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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 70’s 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 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

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
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.