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Old 11-25-2005, 03:52 PM
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Another one I started over Thanksgiving holiday.

This kit is simply beautiful. It has PE skirts and
brackets but I wanted to build the plastic ones to
see how they looked.

I've heard the overlap is backwards, but I have to
verify, I have not checked this detail myself.

Otherwise this kit is a step above the late model
StuG IV Dragon recently released, which was already
an incredible kit in its own right.

This is currently my favorite subject on the bench and
is probably going to end up being a vehicle from the
Gothic Line.

Note: Everything together is just a dry fit.

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Donovan



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Old 12-08-2005, 01:51 PM
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Have I mentioned before that I really like Dragon's StuG IV?

I was checking things out in my Achtung Panzer book on
the StuG last night and they really did a spot on job of getting
things right for their early and late models.

One thing about the early model is Zimmerite. On most early
models you're gonna have to have it, but as usual for 1/72 kits
you're also gonna have to do it yourself. No aftermarket for
this one yet.

Anyways, I use a 2mm jeweler's screwdriver for this.

Just brush a little MEK onto the plastic, let sit for about 10
seconds and then press away. Tedious because each mark is
made one at a time, but looks good to me and keeps things
more in scale than my old wood putty method.

Cheers,
Donovan



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Old 12-08-2005, 03:19 PM
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Originally posted by Donovan@Dec 8 2005, 01:51 PM
Have I mentioned before that I really like Dragon's StuG IV?

I was checking things out in my Achtung Panzer book on
the StuG last night and they really did a spot on job of getting
things right for their early and late models.

One thing about the early model is Zimmerite. On most early
models you're gonna have to have it, but as usual for 1/72 kits
you're also gonna have to do it yourself. No aftermarket for
this one yet.

Anyways, I use a 2mm jeweler's screwdriver for this.

Just brush a little MEK onto the plastic, let sit for about 10
seconds and then press away. Tedious because each mark is
made one at a time, but looks good to me and keeps things
more in scale than my old wood putty method.

Cheers,
Donovan
Hi,
I have used same method with Tiger I. It works but I underdid it so it really doesn't show that much.
That is one sweet model there. I have late version in my list which I will SB shields.

Thanks for sharing again,

Niko
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Old 12-08-2005, 05:23 PM
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Niko,

If you wish, buy the Early kit. It has some very nice (pictured above) plastic side skirts, plus it also comes with a even nicer set of PE skirts and mounting brackets.

It is also easy enough to SB your own, I've done this as well. I was going to use some SB ones on my late StuG IV and decided against it, mainly because I knew I was going to be using a full set of skirts on this model.

It will be depicted in colors from a unit in the Gothic line.

Cheers,
Christopher
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:24 PM
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OK, so I had to get the tracks done before anything else because
of the way the skirts must be attached. Since this vehicle will have
a full set of skirts it was time to play with track.

OOB tracks, too long, sag would be too much.



Removed 3 links, reattached and used smaller rod for more proper sag.



Happy, I applied super glue along the inside run and to the return
rollers and let set up with the rod in place. Remove and we have some decent
looking track sag, IMO anyway.




Now off to paint tools, attach, and camo

BTW -- I notice in the pics now that I need to fix track mating point in
front of the first roadwheel. No worries.

Cheers,
Donovan
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Old 12-12-2005, 04:20 AM
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Hi Donovan,
tracks look very good. I will shamelessly use your tech with my models in the future
And it is always deicisions when to SB or not. Mymain problem is to convert OOTB build into a detail frenzy project
Can you tell which way Early model is better than Late? Separate tools, improved details?

Thanks,
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:37 PM
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Originally posted by Finnmodeler@Dec 12 2005, 04:20 AM
Hi Donovan,
tracks look very good. I will shamelessly use your tech with my models in the future
And it is always deicisions when to SB or not. Mymain problem is to convert OOTB build into a detail frenzy project
Can you tell which way Early model is better than Late? Separate tools, improved details?

Thanks,
Niko
Niko,

The Early and Late models are pretty different simply in type, but you knew that . As such the upper hulls and parts for each are a little different.

However, both have separate tools (mostly). The starter crank, axe, and wrench are molded on but everything else is separate.

The Early has side skirts in PE and plastic, plus you get the plastic brackets for mounting them. It also comes with more spare track links, the Late model only has them for the front, not sides. It has two spare roadwheel holders, one is new for the Early kit and has to do more with width than anything else.

The Early kit also comes with both barrels, Early and Late brakes.

All other differences have to do with the type itself, MG shield, gunner hatches, new idler wheels, exhaust, tow bracket in back, engine deck (I think this is for early style radiator filler), return rollers are steel type and there are four.

Oh, and the tracks are shorter in the Early model, but both are long anyway and leave you plently of room to play with, you can see this above.

So if I had to choose I'd get the Early because of the nice PE skirts (saving mine for another project) and brackets.

HTH,
Christopher
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:36 AM
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Donovan,
thanks for taking time to tell differences. I appreciate it I will SB skirts with brackets for my Late....someday :lol:

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Old 12-20-2005, 06:40 PM
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OK here is the little tiny 1/72 Dragon StuG IV finished
OOB, unless you count the foliage :shifty:

I tried rain streaking for the first time ever on the skirts
and it doesn't come out so well in pictures but looks more
defined in real life. I may try to reshoot so they show better.

Otherwise it is pretty typical, except it's the only vehicle
I've got wearing a full set of skirts.

Cheers,
Donovan













Both Early & Late Models Together

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Old 12-20-2005, 08:31 PM
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Looks very nice Great job :lol:
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