GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED ASSAULT GUN IV EARLY DRAGON 1/35

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.

box package of German self-propelled assault gun IV early type Dragon Models 1/35

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, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type Dragon Models 1/35

Magic Tracks are brilliant every time when I make them.

waffled pattern Zimmerit Coating Roller

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.

radio equipment inside, assault gun IV early type

There are radio equipments inside.

radio equipment inside, assault gun IV early type

And the other side, also radio.

molded Zimmerit coating,

I molded Zimmerit coating many small faces. Before closing inside, it’s ceremonial shot.
(24-October-2014)

completed assembly, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type Dragon Models 1/35

I completed assembly. Vehicle height is low and good looking.

This tank has many OVM (on-vehicle material)

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.

dismount both side Schurzen (side armor) for Zimmerit show up

Now that I’ve taken nice work (maybe) to Zimmerit coating by manual, I dismount both side Schurzen (side armor) for Zimmerit show up.

before painting of German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

This kit has not so many photo-etched parts and easy assembly, compared to Tamiya kit, of course it’s more difficult.

German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

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.

Dragon Models tank crew

I attached Dragon’s figure. I need to adjust both legs angles for setting up on the side of this tank.

Dragon Models tank crew, before painting

This is the ideal position. Hard to make him sit both side legs in the tank fighting compartment.

painted in dark yellow, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

Firstly blew the base color dark yellow.

Dark green camouflage pattern, German tanks

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, German tanks

Blew red brown and adjust 3 colors balance. After painting caterpillar and other many OVM, next is weathering.
(2-November-2014)

used from early 1944 until end of the war, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

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.

washing slightly harder to show up a pattern of Zimmerit Coating, waffle pattern

I performed washing slightly harder to show up a pattern of Zimmerit Coating, waffle pattern.

rear view of German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

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

I painted the metal parts elegantly to harmonize with the mild dust weathering.

self-propelled gun brigade in Ukraine in 1944

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?

Zimmerit Coating, waffle pattern, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

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?

decal fitting of Tamiya and Creos, all decals fitted on uneven coating surface perfectly

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.

painted the body inside with white, German tanks painting

I painted the body inside with white. Almost invisible after one crew make sitting.

binoculars and the periscope lenses painted clear gloss finish

The binoculars and the periscope lenses were painted clear gloss finish.

not attach Schürzen to show coating

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?

Schürzen hooks, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

The Schürzen hooks were painted like coatings are come off and rusty.

gun barrel moves only a little up and down, German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

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.

German assault gun and tank crew

The photo is a little too exposure. Anyway, I choose one tank crew sitting.

posing for fit here sitting

I adjust the posing for fit here sitting. The left hand is holding the hook of the hatch.

old Dragon Model’s figure

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.

German self-propelled assault gun IV early type

Shot from the back.

German self-propelled assault gun IV early type Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

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? :-))
(05-November-2014)

 

 

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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