It is the Stug. IV assault gun of the Smart Kit. I added work of Zimmerit coating on this body. It was built in November 2014.
This is Stug. IV Early Production type. It’s included fewer photo-etched parts than premium edition kit, but keeping preciseness, easier making.
Magic Tracks are brilliant every time when I make them.
I have waffled pattern Zimmerit Coating Roller in my set, I tried this. In my image, waffle pattern was used many times for self-propelled anti-tank guns. On this tank, I have not made a square pattern on the waffles but looking very nice.
There are radio equipments inside.
And the other side, also radio.
I molded Zimmerit coating many small faces. Before closing inside, it’s ceremonial shot.
I completed assembly. Vehicle height is low and good looking.
This tank has many OVM (on-vehicle material) as 2 spare caterpillar belts on the front armor, 6 tracks on the right side, some tracks on the rear, spare road wheels are loaded on the left side. Many materials are eye appeal of this tank.
Now that I’ve taken nice work (maybe) to Zimmerit coating by manual, I dismount both side Schurzen (side armor) for Zimmerit show up.
This kit has not so many photo-etched parts and easy assembly, compared to Tamiya kit, of course it’s more difficult.
This kit is requested to assemble a couple of modules first and finish up assembling later (at the first side fender and attached OVM assemble, later middle and rear upper tank module, the last whole assemble including gun and gun mount). In the last process I need to adjust all joint. It’s important to check trial assemble. While coating putty and adjust assemble is a little difficult.
I attached Dragon’s figure. I need to adjust both legs angles for setting up on the side of this tank.
This is the ideal position. Hard to make him sit both side legs in the tank fighting compartment.
Firstly blew the base color dark yellow.
Dark green camouflage pattern. I like 2 color camouflage as this, but it’s same as the latest finished up Panter. So I decided standard 3 color patterns.
Blew red brown and adjust 3 colors balance. After painting caterpillar and other many OVM, next is weathering.
I completed Stug.IV. It was used from early 1944 until end of the war. Armed 48 caliber 7.5cm antitank gun. The number of the total production was approximately 1,100 vehicles, operated 4-crew.
I performed washing slightly harder to show up a pattern of Zimmerit Coating, waffle pattern.
Around the chassis and caterpillar tracks, I have been painting it with dust color plainly this time.
I painted the metal parts elegantly to harmonize with the mild dust weathering.
The marking seems to be self-propelled gun brigade in Ukraine in 1944, but I don’t know well. The mark of the fender is alphabet H?
Oh, yes, I took these photographs in black back. The gray one that I always use becomes dirty and is washing. Is black screen quite cool though it shows dirt?
Because I spent a lot of decal fitting of Tamiya and Creos, all decals fitted on uneven coating surface perfectly. I thought they melted, but all safe.
I painted the body inside with white. Almost invisible after one crew make sitting.
The binoculars and the periscope lenses were painted clear gloss finish.
I did not attach Schürzen to show coating and many outside accessories this time. The prop is quite thin and seems to be weak. Would it be enough strength that several pieces of iron plates were supported on?
The Schürzen hooks were painted like coatings are come off and rusty.
The gun barrel moves only a little up and down. I think the real vehicle battle was many situations in ambush. It seems to be difficult to destroy enemy if they sneaked around.
The photo is a little too exposure. Anyway, I choose one tank crew sitting.
I adjust the posing for fit here sitting. The left hand is holding the hook of the hatch.
Well, though it’s the old Dragon’s figure, I think it may be not so bad painting. It is difficult to paint with the dark place of the wrinkle of clothes.
Shot from the back.
I thought whether it was easily completed because it doesn’t have a gun turret, but was quite hard assemble even if I left out coating. There were many outside vehicle accessories. Totally, paint finish up is more elegant than my other works, maybe the effect of black screen? :-))