GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED ASSAULT GUN III Ausf F/8 WINTERKETTEN DRAGON 1/35

It is a Smart Kit’s III assault gun. It’s equipped a winter equipment Winterketten.

Box package of German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

It’s over 95F(35C) degrees or more every day, too hot in Tokyo, I choose a cool package of Stug III. It is the fundamentally same design as the Stug III type G which I made before.

Chassis and a wheels making, self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Chassis and a wheels are under making. I used a motor tool for sanding, work will progress efficiently. I worked with handling so many parting lines, routine work while listening to favorite music.
(14-August-2013)

chassis was completed, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

The chassis was completed. Etching parts are used for idler wheels and rear parts. Dragon does not cut corners on the not visible area.

rear photo-etched parts, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Shot of zoom up.

rear fender of both sides is flipping up

The rear fender of both sides is flipping up. Although there was an incorrect notation and not much detailed explanation on the instruction manual, I interpreted suitably and assembled.

rear module, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Although there was an omission of hinge parts directions on instruction, but cover with my imagination…..

Hatched make movable, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

There are locking parts of hatch reverse side. In case I adhere, it’s a waste, I change the hatches to the movable state. It’s fairly realistic.

ventilator, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

It is a ventilator, which carries out the gun smoke at the time of the fire, attached at the top of the fighting compartment.
If this portion is made ordinarily, it will not be shown, but it’s cool!

exhaust fan, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

The exhaust fan is also reproduced on the upper part of the above-mentioned ventilator. Since a cover is attached, it is not usually visible. I think some of the labor of these craftsmanship may be applied to reconfirmation of an assembly instructions. The kit itself is the highest.

radio on the right side, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

The radio on the right side of fighting compartment. It’s very smart, I wonder how much visible through the top wide hatch.

Left side of the radio, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Left side of the radio.

inner sides of periscopes, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

The inner sides of periscopes are transparent parts. Since the square of a working mat is 1 cm, they are tiny parts. Although it is a free peephole when it sees from outside, it is interesting that it turns out that the inner side is such a mechanism.
(16-August-2013)

wire net which prevented from hand grenade throwing, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

It is a wire net which prevented from hand grenade throwing in by the enemy. We can choose injection and photo-etched parts, both preferred. Injection part handling is easier, but I chose etching here in response to the spirit of Dragon Models.

strap belt and fastener belt of the etching part with the submachine guns, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Attached the strap belt and fastener belt of the etching part with the submachine guns. Since junction to the antenna base is very weak, so I used a brass line inside the antenna and raising adhesion intensity.

Working inside the combat room, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Working inside the combat room. Although a procedure is different from this instruction, assembled quickly. Main gun parts will be covered almost area and no showing, not so strict finishing is needed.

Attachment directions of D11 front armor part was missed on the instruction, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

Attachment directions of D11 front armor part was missed on the instruction, I did not notice in the last. I wonder the machine gun. Now only machine gun shield attached. There’s no direction, but parts is in the box. The dragon’s kit has so many parts and many no used parts, I don’t know how to do it but I consider it later.

method of finishing up some module to one at the last point, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

In fact, I don’t like the method of finishing up some module to one at the last point, with a fender on either side, and the front part, a central fighting compartment and a rear part. Because I’m worried about those modules are united to one tank with no mistake. The last process is fairly serious, delicate and difficult….

completed assembling, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

It will be completed assembling, after I attached some parts and caterpillar is rolled. Seeing from here, there is a volume of front armoring considerable.
How do I paint inside of this tank? Many hatches are opened. Or attaching figure to cover all the hatch. I should have painted inside in white at least.
(18-August-2013)

Box package of German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

Tank assembly was almost completed. I’ll start figure to a change of air. It’s Miniart German Tank Crew Winter 1943-45. This picture advises to fit Panzer IV but anyway I use them to Stug III.

German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

This kit has hard points to assemble. Some of them are heavy winter clothing and it’s winter hood are not fit. I take a suitable position, and I will correct the form and gap with putty.

relaxed mode, German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

The first figure is now relaxed mode. Not yet fixed gap. It’s like wearing a ski suit.

German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

2nd figure is looking out for the circumference just for a moment.

sitting on the edge of the tank, German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

The 3rd one. Since there is no place to fit this pose, he is sitting down here forcibly. I think all figures do not need to fit completely this Stug III, cause like an accessories level for this tank. In case we need complete fit, there’s a necessity for reconstruction somewhat.

Officer with headphone, German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

Officer with headphone, bossy attitude. I need headphone code set up later.

Just standing figure, German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

Just standing figure. It seems all the crew are scattered on the tank. I consider it’s time at leisure so no problem….

Although there are all four crews at the Stug III assault gun, but I have made 5 crews in concentration

Although there are all four crews at the Stug III assault gun, but I have made 5 crews in concentration. OK, one person is from other tank and come to a chat. It is the relaxed atmosphere fundamentally.
(27-August-2013)

German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

We can choose the interval of ice cleat as the instruction. I chose the narrowest interval, every 3 caterpillar for one ice cleat.

I used about 60 ice cleats and other 20 extra, Winterketten

I used about 60 ice cleats and other 20 extra. In case you use it for spare caterpillar, needed 14 cleats.

German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten

Very nice pace working and I feel good!! But you can see I made the same mistake as the prior my Stug III. Yes, the caterpillar was attached reversal….. I’m very sorry, what should I do…..

before painting, German tank crew winter uniform 1943-4945 Miniart 1/35

I’m confused, but anyway these figures should be painted, and prepared to set up on the base.

before painting, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

It’s major surgery, right and left caterpillar were peeled away, while pouring in adhesives, and some of the small road wheels were broken. After that, I used a lot of adhesives to make a soft caterpillar for fitting to sprocket wheels and idler wheels.

assembly completed, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

Dragon Models is classifying the caterpillar on either side by color to deep gray and thin gray for right and left. Because there are fellows who make such mistakes.

Spare caterpillar and spare road wheels, German self-propelled assault gun III

Spare caterpillar and spare road wheels.

It’s low vehicle height and nice looking, German self-propelled assault gun III

It’s low vehicle height and nice looking.

assembly completed, German Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

There are some rough points by correction of caterpillar, it may be able to recover by snowy weathering, etc. I thought it would carry a machine gun but after amending the mistake, it’s all finished, I depressed.

Having loaded the forward right with the sandbag

Having loaded the forward right with the sandbag. Made it like a tank crew’s floor cushion with a poly putty surplus in correction of the figure. It was the touch which may fit very well, after painted the figure, I put him on the sandbag again.
(30-August-2013)

the caterpillar and rubber wheel was airbrushed

Body base color, the caterpillar and rubber wheel was airbrushed. It’s handy to use airbrush that I can distinguish by different color some extent.

the caterpillar and rubber wheel was airbrushed, self-propelled assault gun III

Shot from left front.

While leaving the body color of dark yellow, I blew white thinly

While leaving the body color of dark yellow, I blew white thinly for giving winter camouflage. Since a unit mark is drawn in white, I remain that point almost dark yellow.

combatant in the snow battle, winter uniform tank crew

I painted them in white and the atmosphere of combatant in the snow battle came out at last. Before carrying out the brush painting, I blew Mr. Color paint roughly. So far, the process of vehicle and figure, it’s all airbrushing. Seemingly, more detailed painting is required brush paint.
(15-September-2013)

German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

Although I was busy recently and having no time to make this kit at all, I pumped up myself and completed now. I’m not disheartened by correction of mistook direction of a caterpillar, five figures also completed.

Self propelled anti-tank gun’s first reason to design purpose at the beginning is the fire support to the infantry soldier

Self propelled anti-tank gun’s first reason to design purpose at the beginning is the fire support to the infantry soldier which needed directly fire power for trench or pillbox.
The target is shifted to enemy tanks, this type of model has a very low height and it’s good at ambush attack.

winter camouflage, German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8

After carrying out washing in white, I also tried to perform in gray, but the tank became dirty too much, and I stopped it, only white washing is good this time, I suppose.
Changing was attached in the portion on which camouflage paint and snow are piling up.

smooth snow powdery snow, I choose the sight texture paint of Tamiya color

I image out lightly, smooth snow powdery snow, I choose the sight texture paint of Tamiya color, it is easy-to-use. If I clean up my brush before getting dry, it will no be crumbed up.

It’s narrow set the figure in a fighting compartment.

It’s narrow set the figure in a fighting compartment. Probably, the crew also suffered in the fairly narrow vehicles.

marking is the 901st assault gun brigade’s 1943 in Kharkov Russia

According to the instruction manual, marking is the 901st assault gun brigade’s 1943 in Kharkov Russia.

almost hatches can be open and close

The places which can be opened was manufactured opened as much as possible and open-close movable. Since it is dark inside, we don’t need to care the structure in this vehicle so much.

The wire net of hand grenade throwing in prevention like a bird cage is the feature of this kit

The wire net of hand grenade throwing in prevention like a bird cage is the feature of this kit. The vehicle’s upper surface is covered with snow in some places.

The headphone code was made by loosening battery power cord

The headphone code was made by loosening battery power cord, pick up thin copper wire and connected to the headphone and the receiver.
They are fighting in the arctic cold of Russia, complexion seems to be cold as for this time, blue which is transparent cold like ice, how are they?

Powdery snow is attached on the field cap

Powdery snow is attached on the field cap.

Painting is difficult for white heavy winter clothing

Is a mustache done too much? Painting is difficult for white heavy winter clothing, if a shadow is written much, it becomes dirty. Since it was modest in the winter camouflage of a tank, I rather considered that the crew uniform suits pure white.

All figures finish at oil painting

All figures finish at oil painting. I think the blending of shadow part is better finishing since drying time is long. It’s demerit for quick temper, it’s one of the merit for busy person that oil painting is not dry in 2 or 3 days, we can keep the color wet remaining till tomorrow.

A right side middle aged soldier is in the abstraction in front of the white plain in Russia

A right side middle aged soldier is in the abstraction in front of the white plain in Russia which continues to nowhere. I suppose I can do the comparatively good painting job on this face.

front face of German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

Figures are unstable only by having put on the vehicle. I feel that a feeling of a lively motion has come out compared with only of vehicles. There is a capacity of four of this self-propelled anti-tank gun, one person is another tank’s crew.

tank crew on the German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten

It seems all five crews do what they want to, relaxing or watching. Should each one of relevance be given next time? Some crew which has attached the sleeve insignia and some were not having. It may be only an officer and a staff sergeant. I referred the box art of this figure kit, only two persons has the insignia, I added them on the sleeve in handwriting.

German self-propelled assault gun III Ausf. F/8 Winterketten Dragon Models 1/35

I like this photo shot very much. The marching atmosphere has come out. This kit has equipped the special type of snow caterpillar. I enjoyed modelling and painting very well.
(05-October-2013)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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