StuG.III Ausf.G Late Production Dec.1944

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Dragon has opted for DS tracks instead of Magic Tracks for this kit. Why anybody thinks these are an improvement over Magic Tracks is beyond me, in my opinion, they aren't a significant improvement over earlier rubber band tracks from other manufacturers. The tracks are reasonably well detailed, not nearly as well defined and slightly more anemic than the Magic Tracks I compared them to (albeit a slightly different variant) and are handed, although, for the life of me, I can't see the difference. They glue together well enough, although there are mold seams which can't be easily removed due to the softness of the plastic. My set came with a few of the guide horns warped, probably just from shifting in transport, and mostly managed to get them bent back into an upright position. I base coated with Panzer Grey primer, then thinned Black Brown and dry brushed the highlights and contact points with a steely colour. A light rust filter with pigments and some pin washes complete the tracks. One major minus with the inclusion of DS tracks is that you get no spares to mount on the vehicle. Another disadvantage is that you can't easily replicate sag without resorting to adding pins in the hull. I did manage to get some sag, helped by the fact that the tracks are a good 2-3 links too long, by stuffing q-tips and brushes between the track and fender and applying some Gator glue to the return rollers and idler and sprocket. I had glued the sprockets and idlers in place and let them set, anticipating they would dislodge because of track tension. That shouldn’t be a concern however, the tracks will fit in place without any undue tension, rest assured. You can probably shorten the tracks easily enough, it will just require a very sharp blade and steely nerves. You can safely say I'm not a fan of DS tracks for the Pz III/IV family.

Paint and add the missing equipment to the fenders; I used Gator glue, but any regular “white” glue should work fine. The tow cables, as mentioned, had to be sourced from elsewhere. Fortunately I had some Karaya (which I believe is now Eureka XXL?) cable on hand; 0.9 mm is a very snug fit if you're taking notes, and used it instead. I love this stuff. Cuts easily, bends and holds its shape; what's not to like? Take care when making tight bends with cables, the strands might separate somewhat. See the photos for my method of laying them down. Basically, you glue a right and left loop to each end of the whole cable, form one run, cut and repeat for the other side. No need for guesstimating the proper length with this method. As mentioned earlier, the clevis issue caught me off guard, I ended up having to use the older style because I had already layed down one cable and wasn't about to go mucking with it. Panzer Grey base followed by a translucent coat of “gunmetal” and a Black Brown wash. Pigments and pin washes were added during the final weathering stages.

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About the Author

About Kimmo Happonen (Thudius)

I got my first kit when I was about 7 or 8 and was immediately hooked. Magazines such as Fine Scale Modeler helped to push me to go beyond what kits had to offer before photo etch and resin were commonplace. I took a break of about 8 years and now I'm back at it making up for lost time. When I'm not...


Do you sometimes get the impression that Dragon has become so overconfident in their 3D modelling and prototyping that they actually don't bother sitting a guy down at a table with a tube of glue to test assemble one of these before they run the production and ship? I am seriously beginning to think so.
SEP 13, 2013 - 06:27 PM
Does a bear wear funny hats at birthday parties? But in all seriousness, I am amazed, and not in a pleasant way, at the number of parts that have fit issues and it's not just with this kit either. The worst seem to be the simplest too. For instance, a simple drop in part will have a hole that needs filler. You would think that the CAD driver would check measurements against each other, but maybe that's just me. In contrast, I recently fiddled with a Griffon early smoke candle rack and the fit was impossibly bang on for pieces that small, taking into consideration that etch has a bit of give and take with the process used. While the issues can be overcome, they are issues that should not be present for a major player like Dragon. I can forgive cottage industry manufacturers with engineering and fit, but not so easily with a major manufacturer. Even the ancient Tamiya Leopard 1A4 I had started a while back fit well. Kimmo
SEP 13, 2013 - 11:17 PM
nice review, I read for some place the only wrong in this kit is because is dont final production for some part in the ass of this tank. But is really nice kit (except for the tracks, I prefer the Tamiya tracks or old Dragon in plastic).
SEP 14, 2013 - 06:46 AM
Thanks. As I said in the review, I'm not a Stug expert so I can't say too much about what is and isn't correct. Fortunately, there are a lot of unused parts and I think one could practically make any variant of the G/40. Kimmo
SEP 15, 2013 - 02:12 AM
Very Nice review. I also bought this kit. I've been looking through your masterpiece and how you made it. But I think there might be a bit of an issue...
JAN 06, 2015 - 01:09 PM
Only one? Kimmo
JAN 06, 2015 - 01:39 PM
This was my first Dragon kit in 1/35. I think I'll stick with Tamiya 1/35...
JAN 08, 2015 - 08:58 AM
This was actually my first modern Dragon as well, there is definitely an adjustment to be made going from Tamiya to Dragon, or any of the other new manufacturers these days. Lots of detail, lots of potential to get frustrated. Patience is the key. Kimmo
JAN 08, 2015 - 01:57 PM
Uh, no, thanks. Tamiya kits are for the most part too simplified. Kimmo, that's a very extensive review and a credit to the site. I like your yellow pre-shading under the Dunkelgelb.
JAN 09, 2015 - 02:40 AM
Thanks Bill. When I was writing it up, I thought it was far too lengthy but I wasn't really sure where to start trimming text so just left it as is. I was rather pleased with the end result of the dunkelgelb, and going over the pics again, I can't help but notice those tracks really don't do the kit justice. Kimmo
JAN 09, 2015 - 06:44 PM