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Old 07-24-2019, 03:41 AM
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StuG III Ausf.B

Hello,

My next thread will be StuG III Ausf.B. I have chosen Tamiya kit for this one and since I have few leftovers from Dragon's Panzer III family kits I've built before, I use them wherever I can. I have few Aber upgrade sets also to use and aftermarket decals, as I'm going to one of the StuG Abt. 185 vehicles.










I'm not very happy with the Tamiya kit, but there are not many options when building Ausf.B. Bolts are rounded and need to be replaced, weld seams are often missing and need to be reproduced, fit is loose and need a lot of filler. But main problem with this kit is that upper hull, when removing the molded fenders, appears to be 1mm wider than lower hull. I really don't know what to do with that yet. Here is the front driver's plate compared to hull:




But Aber's etched sets seems to be awesome and offers lot of fun. Here's the assembled ammo storage cabinet. And yep, the lid is movable:




Tracks are from MasterClub this time and oh are they awesome. Compared to Friuls, these need very little cleaning and go together with little resin pins.




Til' next time,
Kristjan
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:24 PM
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Somehow, using hot water and brute force, I managed to bend the upper hull narrow enough to fit between metal angles. And after gluing the altered drivers front plate on, it stayed to its new shape. So, the main problem solved, I cannot see any other obstacles to deal with with this model.

I completed both track runs also. The vehicle sits bit high and not so forward-leaning compared to Dragon's Ausf.G, but Ausf.B was 4 tons lighter than Ausf.G so that makes a sense, I guess. I like the Dragon's look more, though.










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Another inspiring start! I'm looking forward to it. How old is this Tamiya kit?
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Thank you!

The kit is not that old actually. It's from 2005 according to Scalemates, but it's not up to Dragon's standards by any means.
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