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Driver
04-22-2008, 11:18 AM
Hello guys, I decided to enter the group build with one of Dragon’s oldies: the Stug III C/D. I’m going to build it almost OOB because it’s a little late to do some major surgery on it with the dateline so close at hand. So let me show you what I’ve done till now….

As always, the first step is to build the lower hull so here it is complete with suspension arms, shocks and final drive housings.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010242.jpg

Here is a rear view with the mufflers and everything else in place.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010243.jpg

The road wheels, idles and sprockets assembled and ready to be installed.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010244.jpg

Here the engine deck, engine vents and the gun mount is in place. Also you can see where the “almost OOB” comes into play; I made a spare track rack out of some plastic strips and glued it to the sides of the hull.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010246.jpg

The front upper plate was next.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010247.jpg

Here’s a close up.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010248.jpg

The other side got one too.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010249.jpg

Next the fenders were done, complete with tools and such.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010250.jpg

After that the superstructure and the smoke grenades housing was glued.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010252.jpg

Then details as tow hooks and visors were installed.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010254.jpg

That’s all for now. The next step is the most tedious one; building the tracks. So with that happy though I will see you on the next update.

Thanks for viewing
Ruben

Stuke Sowle
04-22-2008, 11:39 AM
Nice to see these early StuG's out there! I've got this kit halfway done and it's still not too bad. Just some more clean up then the newer kits.

I'm curious, did all of the C/D's have the tracks on the hull sides? Wondering if I need to add them.

David Diaz
04-22-2008, 04:18 PM
I'm curious, did all of the C/D's have the tracks on the hull sides? Wondering if I need to add them.

No Stuke, all of them did not have extra armor on their hull sides.

Nice to see you working on something new Ruben. Is vacation time over for all of us? :p:D

Dave

RickLawler
04-22-2008, 05:02 PM
Nice to see you working on something new Ruben. Is vacation time over for all of us? :p:D
Dave

Well, it's about time!!!!


Great to see a post from you, Ruben. I was begining to think that the island had sank or something!!!! Yes Dave, the vacation (or whatever your excuses are...wedding? Ya right! :rolleyes:) is over.

Later,

Flak
04-23-2008, 06:16 AM
Nice start...Ruben

Driver
04-23-2008, 10:26 AM
I'm curious, did all of the C/D's have the tracks on the hull sides? Wondering if I need to add them.


Well Stuke, when it comes to Stugs the best way to go its with photos of them.
I've seen spare tracks on the sides, on top, on the front, in the rear, over the stug and in every place in between!


Nice to see you working on something new Ruben. Is vacation time over for all of us? :p:D
Dave

Yes, it is!!

Well, it's about time!!!!


Great to see a post from you, Ruben. I was begining to think that the island had sank or something!!!! Yes Dave, the vacation (or whatever your excuses are...wedding? Ya right! :rolleyes:) is over.

Later,

It almost sank when Dave told us about the wedding but we managed to get on our feet again!! :D:p

Nice start...Ruben

Thanks Flak. :thumb:

David Diaz
04-23-2008, 11:04 AM
It almost sank when Dave told us about the wedding but we managed to get on our feet again!! :D:p


Liar :p

Panzergrenadier
04-23-2008, 11:37 AM
What more can I say, good clean fun!:thumb:

Driver
04-26-2008, 11:33 AM
Hello again guys and thanks your kind replies.
Here’s the next update of this build.

As I said earlier the next step was to build the tracks so after about 6 hours of cleaning and building I ended up here.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010255.jpg

Tracks and fenders were glued in place at the same time.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010256.jpg

After that I decided to make some weld lines missing from the kit. First one, the one between the super structure and the transmission cover.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010257-1.jpg

Next the welds around the vision port and the lifting hook. I also added the bolt to the base of the handles. http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010258.jpg

The welds to the front of the hull were applied too.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010261.jpg

And the one that goes around the gun.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010260.jpg

Next I added the wires for the fender lights using copper wire and made the fasteners with a piece of brass wrapped around a drill bit.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010262.jpg

Here are both of them.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010263.jpg

Then I turned my attention to the hatches and cut a little plastic to make the lip that goes on the front one…
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010268a.jpg

…Andthe locking mechanism in the others.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010269.jpg

I also put a spare road wheel in the left side of the fighting compartment since almost every photo shows them carrying one.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010266.jpg

And since its going to be in plain view I installed the tubes to the inside of it.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010265.jpg

Using some leftovers from my 234 PE fret I made the lock and fasteners for the toolbox.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010267.jpg


And that’s all for now, see you soon.

Ruben

Fledermaus
04-26-2008, 07:05 PM
Ruben nice work:thumb: but please slowdown, you are leaving me behind,
need to start working right away if I want to catch on with you and David ;):D

Flak
04-27-2008, 07:19 AM
Great work always...Ruben

skeletondude
04-27-2008, 08:51 AM
Looks very Bug-like. :D
Neat!

M

Driver
05-08-2008, 07:08 PM
Hello Planeteers, thanks for your comments. Now it’s time to continue….

…with the paint!! After priming the stug with red oxide primer (Sorry, no photo of that.) I applied several coats of Floquil Panzer Gray with a little black added since I feel it is too light straight from the bottle. http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010301.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010302.jpg

Then a thinned mixture of vinyl spackling and sand was applied to the lower areas of the hull to represent some mud. The sides…
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010303.jpg

…the front…
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010304-1.jpg

…and the back.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010305.jpg

After all was dry I gave it a black wash with oils and a little dry brushing with a lighter tone of gray. The mud was painted with a coat of light brown and a dry brushing of beige. The tracks were painted black followed with a metallic dry brushing. Also, the rubber parts of the road wheels were painted with a mix of black and beige. Then I started to apply some pigments to the suspension.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010312.jpg

Here’s another view.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010313.jpg

Another pass with pigments and then the tools were painted.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010327.jpg

The other side.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010328.jpg

This time I decided to experiment a little and instead of painting the rust on the mufflers I decided to do everything with pigments and washes. Here’s the result.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010336.jpg

For the cleaning rod rack I cut some wing nuts from the Tamiya Panzer IV accessory sprue and glued them to the rack.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010372.jpg

That’s all for now but more coming soon. Stay tuned!! :thumb: :D

Ruben

RickLawler
05-09-2008, 12:59 PM
Ya baby...paint. The grey looks good, Ruben. I like the idea of doing the exhausts with pigments.

Rock-on, Ruben!!!!!!


rick

Flak
05-10-2008, 09:22 AM
The rust on the mufflers look real :thumb:

robertkru
05-12-2008, 03:10 AM
Hi ruben
I like your painting, esspecially the panzergrau.
One point I noticed: below the rear fender flaps there were plates for supporting them (take a look at original pics with raised flaps) which cover the holes. You should close the holes from below.
Regards Robert

Stuke Sowle
05-12-2008, 11:58 AM
Excellent work Ruben! The mufflers look great.

Driver
05-17-2008, 11:44 AM
Hellos again people, another week, another post. Rick, Marco, Robert and Stuke, thanks for your comments; they are very welcome.

Hi ruben
I like your painting, esspecially the panzergrau.
One point I noticed: below the rear fender flaps there were plates for supporting them (take a look at original pics with raised flaps) which cover the holes. You should close the holes from below.
Regards Robert

Robert, it is incredible the details one misses until someone point them out. After I read your comment I went to my references and took another look and guess what; there were 4 photos showing the plates. :o I'll fix that right away! Thanks.

But first let me show you what I've done untill now.
After the mufflers were done I applied the decals to the Stug.
The rear one…
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010379.jpg

…and the sides.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010380.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010381.jpg

Then using an Naples Yellow oil wash I started to put dirt in the upper areas. http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010382.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010383.jpg

While the wash dries up I took some brass tubing and modified the scissor binocular by adding the sun shades.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010385.jpg

Next day I applied more dirt to the Stug using brown pigment.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010386.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010387.jpg

Here’s a frontal view.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010388.jpg

And a birds eye view.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010389.jpg

Now it was time to put all together so I installed the gunner’s sight, the commander’s binocular and the cleaning rod rack. I also decided to put an air recognition flag on the roof so I made one with paper and some pieces of boat rigging cord.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010392.jpg
Here are some additional views.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010393.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010394.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010395.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010396.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010397.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010399.jpg

I could say that it’s finished but I still need to make the antenna, make the plates for the rear flaps and also try to paint some figures to go with it. So see you soon my friends.

Ruben

Stuke Sowle
05-17-2008, 03:12 PM
Very nice work Ruben. The flag looks great.

I think along with some figures that a bit of stowage would really make a nice presentation of this vehicle. Just a thought.

MartinD
05-18-2008, 07:07 AM
Hi Ruben,

It looks very good to me. I was a bit sceptic as to how the red dust and mud would turn, but it really looks the part now!!!:thumb:

Cheers, MartinD

Sticky
05-18-2008, 10:44 AM
Nice stug!

Driver
05-19-2008, 07:34 PM
Very nice work Ruben. The flag looks great.

I think along with some figures that a bit of stowage would really make a nice presentation of this vehicle. Just a thought.

Thanks Stuke. About the stowage, I still have to see if there will be some room left after the figures

Hi Ruben,

It looks very good to me. I was a bit skeptic as to how the red dust and mud would turn, but it really looks the part now!!!:thumb:

Cheers, MartinD

Hi Martin. Believe me, I was full of doubts too!!

Nice stug!

Thanks Sticky!

Ruben

Driver
06-03-2008, 09:10 PM
Well guys, here it is; a complete Stug before the deadline. I installed the antenna, cover up the holes on the rear fenders and painted some figures to go with it. Of course, it will end up in a base but since that wasn't the goal of this bench, and time won't permit, I'll post that later. So here are some views of the "finished" model...
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010405.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010406.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010407.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010408.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010409.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p89/rdlopez65/Stug%20III%20D/P1010410.jpg

See you in the next one. :D

skeletondude
06-04-2008, 12:27 AM
Great work, Ruben, I especially like the figures on the back.
Though on the first pic, the guy on his knees looks like he is about to pee or something. :D

Marek

Uruk-Hai
06-04-2008, 03:15 PM
Nice rendition and youve finnished. Respect!

Cheers

RickLawler
06-04-2008, 03:38 PM
Hey Ruben, nice one. A few things stand-out for me; I like the color choice and the way that you've handled the dust accumulations on the upper areas, and you've got some killer looking wooden handles.

...and, clever the way you've set up a little scene on the rear deck..nice. Really all that will be needed now is just a simple scenic base.

take care,
Rick

Larry Bates
06-05-2008, 12:41 AM
thats sick! :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

Fledermaus
06-05-2008, 07:11 PM
Ruben, nice work as always:thumb:, lets work on the bases now:D.

James Tainton
06-05-2008, 08:28 PM
Excellent finish Ruben! Can't wait to see your next project.

AfRiKaKoRpS
06-05-2008, 11:22 PM
Thank you for finishing the excellent StuG Ruben. Looks very crowded with crew and other guys. Very nice to see such nice done StuG before deadline.

Chris

Driver
06-06-2008, 06:02 PM
Great work, Ruben, I especially like the figures on the back.
Though on the first pic, the guy on his knees looks like he is about to pee or something. :D

Marek

Hum! A personal remedy we don't know about? :D

Nice rendition and youve finnished. Respect!

Cheers

Thanks!

Hey Ruben, nice one. A few things stand-out for me; I like the color choice and the way that you've handled the dust accumulations on the upper areas, and you've got some killer looking wooden handles.

...and, clever the way you've set up a little scene on the rear deck..nice. Really all that will be needed now is just a simple scenic base.

take care,
Rick

Rick, the tool handles were made with a coat of Vallejo Tan Yellow and a coat of the same dust that covers the Stug. The stretcher handles don't have the dust. And the base is coming!!

thats sick! :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

Ruben, nice work as always:thumb:, lets work on the bases now:D.

Excellent finish Ruben! Can't wait to see your next project.

James, I'll only say that it doesn't involve tracks.

Thank you for finishing the excellent StuG Ruben. Looks very crowded with crew and other guys. Very nice to see such nice done StuG before deadline.

Chris

Larry, Abdin, James, Chris and the others; thanks for your comments, I'm very pleased that you like it. :)

Flak
06-07-2008, 12:02 AM
Great Stug...what is your next project?