StuG IV EARLY GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED ASSAULT GUN 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis is Stug. IV Early Production type. It’s included fewer photo-etched parts than premium edition kit, but keeping preciseness, easier making.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGMagic Tracks are brilliant whenever I make them.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI have waffled pattern Zimmerit Coating Roller in my set, I tried this. In my image, the 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThere is radio equipment inside.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAnd on the other side, also the radio.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI molded Zimmerit coating many small faces. Before closing inside, it’s ceremonial shot.
(24-October-2014)

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING ZIMMERIT COATINGI completed the assembly. Vehicle height is low and good looking.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING ZIMMERIT COATINGThis 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING ZIMMERIT COATINGNow that I’ve taken nice work (maybe) to Zimmerit coating by manual, I dismount both side Schurzen (side armor) for Zimmerit show up.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING ZIMMERIT COATINGThis kit has not so many photo-etched parts and easy assembly, compared to Tamiya kit, of course, it’s more difficult.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING ZIMMERIT COATINGThis 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 the trial assemble. While coating putty and adjust assemble is a little difficult.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN PANZER CREWI attached Dragon’s figure. I need to adjust both legs angles for setting up on the side of this tank.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN PANZER CREWThis is the ideal position. Hard to make him sit both side legs in the tank fighting compartment.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGFirstly blew the base color dark yellow.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGDark 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGBlew red-brown and adjust 3 colors balance. After painting caterpillar and other many OVM, next is weathering.
(2-November-2014)

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI completed Stug.IV. It was used from early 1944 until the 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI performed washing slightly harder to show up a pattern of Zimmerit Coating, waffle pattern.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKAround the chassis and caterpillar tracks, I have been painting it with dust color this time.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted the metal parts elegantly to harmonize with the mild dust weathering.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe 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?

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKOh, 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?

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted the body inside with white. Almost invisible after one crew make sitting.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe binoculars and the periscope lenses were painted clear gloss finish.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI 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?

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe Schürzen hooks were painted like coatings are come off and rusty.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe 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 the enemy if they sneaked around.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe photo is a little too exposed. Anyway, I choose one tank crew sitting.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI adjust the posing for fit here sitting. The left hand is holding the hook of the hatch.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKWell, 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.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKShot from the back.

Stug. IV EARLY TYPE DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI 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. The paint finish up is more elegant than my other works, maybe the effect of the black screen? :-))
(05-November-2014)

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