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Old 04-29-2008, 08:20 AM
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1/72 scale 10.5cm StuH 42 Ausf.G in Italian front

Hi guys,
I'm so happy to have my own vBench here in PA and be able to share thoughts with you as I go along with this build.

Searching for posts about StuG in the Missing Lynx axis DG, I came across pictures of this vehicle and determined to represent it with recently released 1/72 DML 7284 kit.









http://www.cultura.marche.it/cultura...sik.asp?id=163
http://www.cultura.marche.it/cultura...sik.asp?id=162
http://www.cultura.marche.it/cultura...sik.asp?id=165
http://www.cultura.marche.it/cultura...sik.asp?id=265




I'll use this kit for my build. It is one of the best braille scale kit available but as is always with dragon, not without its faults.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:42 AM
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First, I cut the mantlet. I'm not sure if the rear panel of the mantlet is retained in the real vehicle.



Then bore out some bolt holes and added some scratches and shell impacts.
The driver's visor is missing in the real vehicle, but it was hard to get rid of so I just left it shut.





I had to add plastic card to the frontal armor because it was too narrow.
It is also too thick that I had to thin it with file to have this look.



This kit has both parts for StuG and StuH and I used gun collar for Stug and barrel for StuH.





I also adjusted suspension arms to match the real vehicle.



and also took care of this side just for fun.



This is just quick dry fit to see how it looks after some work on the fenders.




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Old 04-29-2008, 11:26 AM
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Later I recognized that the engine hatch and loader's hatch are open and realized I cannot go further without interiors.

After some hesitation, I decided to represent the interiors.
...... yes, they are very crude and rough but they seemed enough for just giving 'something is in there' look.



Thought of using Hasegawa line engraver, but I changed my mind and cut the hatch using PE saw.
The saw went slightly wrong path in the lateral margin and there should not be those diagonal cuts in the lower part of the hatch... sigh.









For the casemate I made some radios...



and gun breech.





The rear portion of the gun breech is from T-34/76 :-)
It's weird that it is open to the left side not upper.

Here's a pic from Achtung panzer.



There should be shell basket but adding it makes the assembly impossible. I had to omit it.

And the floor...

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Old 04-29-2008, 11:31 AM
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Nice work Wonsug. After seeing your scratchbuilding efforts, I do not understand why you do not correct the hatch interior if it bothers you. It seems to simply need the details sanded off and added back.

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:29 PM
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Hi Saul, thanks for the comment.
After taking the photos, I did correct the hatch interior.

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:26 PM
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Wow, this is great. Keep going with it, it will look so cool once painted.
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:15 AM
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Thanks Siim.



I added omitted weld lines to the radiator compartment using Hasegawa engraver and liquid cement. They should be also on the engine compartment but I thought they will be covered by intake grill.

Actually I'm not entirely happy with the result because they should be more close to the edge.

Here's the original part FYI



I corrected the hatch interior with Duro. Also added bolt tips with stretched sprue.



Some more for the casemate.











In some places brass wire should give better result but it's not at hand then.



Ammo rack-ish something
The holes are too large and too apart. But they are hardly seen after all.

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:13 AM
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Great work...Wonsug
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You are doing a great job on that Stug Wonsug!!
Do not worry about those little discrepancies in size; what matters is the end result and I am certain it will be great!!

Keep going

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:50 AM
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Hi Marco and Ruben,
Thanks for your kind comments



Towing hold is not very good so I carved lips around it.



So it looks like this now.



I cut the lower part of the fender and added some detail using Smart kit as reference.



The hoist hook is molded upside down...



and it's corrected now.



Hatches are great but they are rather thick so I thinned the edge. Because they had interior details, I could not thin them all the way but just bevelled them.







...also the MG guard and voila.



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