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#1 Proud Kraut

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:07 AM

I'm afraid there will be not much time for modeling during the summer time but I would like to start the next project today. It's the DRAGON 1/35 Sturmgeschuetz (assault gun) with winter tracks. I will add some new 1/35 scale MiniArt Panzer Riders. This new figure kit (No. 35075) was released recently. Boxart and sprues:

 

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#2 Proud Kraut

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:10 AM

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#3 Proud Kraut

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:11 AM

I think this kit has more parts than the real StuG...

 

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:12 AM

The figures: Five Panzer Riders with a lot of equipment. I ordered two sets to modifie some of the figures.

 

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:13 AM

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#6 Proud Kraut

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

Still try to find out, if the German tanks that fought in Kharkov in early 1943 had still the dark grey or already the new dark yellow painting (under their winter camo of course).


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#7 The Meatcan

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 12:37 AM

Lars, you tease! Getting us all interested in your new StuG project now but not finishing it until after summer. LOL

Seriously, looks like a neat idea and I will be following to see the future final result.

As for the underlying paint color, I'd think most likely dunkelgelb, although in real life I suppose there could have been some vehicles that were at the tail end of the gray finish. I'm no expert though!
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Posted 02 June 2019 - 10:33 AM

Lars, you tease! Getting us all interested in your new StuG project now but not finishing it until after summer. LOL

Seriously, looks like a neat idea and I will be following to see the future final result.

As for the underlying paint color, I'd think most likely dunkelgelb, although in real life I suppose there could have been some vehicles that were at the tail end of the gray finish. I'm no expert though!
Terry

 

Thanks Terry, dunkelgelb, that's what I supposed. I'll start the StuG next week. Don't know how fast that will be finished.

 

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:14 PM

Chassis with wheels. What you see are 93! parts. These "Smart kits" are killing me.

 

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:14 PM

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 05:14 PM

I am looking forward to following your progress on this kit.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:35 AM

Thanks Dennis!

 

Here's why I purchased exact this kit. It has the extendet winter tracks.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:36 AM

One side completed.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:36 AM

It took some time but the tracks really look fine.

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:49 AM

Just started with the upper hull. I was surprised to see that the kit contains main interior parts.

 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:59 AM

At the moments it looks like I failed bending the photo etched protective grid (term?) of the periscope the correct way. The plastic grid looks a little bit clumsy so maybe I'll give it a second try tomorrow.

 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 09:05 PM

Lars, I agree that the PE protective cage will look far superior to the plastic version. No doubt bending the PE properly is a pain in the butt but the aesthetic results will be worth your efforts. Of course, that's easy for me to say! Good luck on all that bending!
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:19 AM

Lars, I agree that the PE protective cage will look far superior to the plastic version. No doubt bending the PE properly is a pain in the butt but the aesthetic results will be worth your efforts. Of course, that's easy for me to say! Good luck on all that bending!
Terry

 

Thanks Terry, I gave it another shot. Far away from "perfect" but looks really better than the plastic part.

 

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:29 PM

Faster progress than expected. First rider-trials today.

 

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:30 PM

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 12:05 PM

Ready for the paint shop!

 

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 09:57 AM

The first coat of Panzergrau for the StuG and light grey primer for the figures.

 

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 10:01 AM

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 07:50 AM

Looking good Lars!  I'm enjoying watching as you progress!

All the best,

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:40 AM

Thanks Mike!

 

After painting the wheels and the tracks and applying the decals the StuG received two layers of hairspray.

 

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