Very late stug

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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:58 pm

Looking spectacular Tom. What a beautiful piece for your collection.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:05 pm

None of my models have gone beyond basic camo, so far, Tom. Certainly not as far as the matt clear coat. It might sound daft, but did you mask the tracks, and accessories off, or remove them, before spraying that coat, or did you sweep across the whole tank with the clear coat? :) Whatever you did; it still looks magic :thumbup: :D
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Postby tomhugill » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:19 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:None of my models have gone beyond basic camo, so far, Tom. Certainly not as far as the matt clear coat. It might sound daft, but did you mask the tracks, and accessories off, or remove them, before spraying that coat, or did you sweep across the whole tank with the clear coat? :) Whatever you did; it still looks magic :thumbup: :D


Hi Roy,

Tracks, wheels, sprockets etc and tools are removed for painting so are clear coated separately. Following Gary Farrow's recommendation I clear coat the tracks first, then wash and weather, then Matt clear coat and finally any wet effects I wish to add.

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Postby tomhugill » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:32 am

Morning folks, thank you for the feedback on the last post. I've made some additions based on it. Finished weathering the wheels, extra mud and wet effects to match the skirts. I've dirtied up the rest of the tank with mud and pigments to make it look a bit more well used. I've added the missing sights and the binocular scopes, these are magnetically attached so can be removed when I fit the tbu. I've also dug out some bed rolls, barrels and jerry cans to sit on the back. Last but not least a colander figure to sit in the cupola. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


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Postby Peregrine » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:56 pm

Very nice work.
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Postby FredtheFrench » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:37 pm

Amazing work. I like details and paint work.

Your Stug is a master piece!!!
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 11:32 am

Wow, that's fantastic Tom :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby tomhugill » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:30 am

I'm almost on a roll! Time to get the stug finished. New tracks being ordered today (old ones suffered zinc rot). Last night I made a start painting the stowage. Final position and composition hasn't been decided yet but thought I'd paint it all and go from there. I still have some helmets, gas masks and misc bottles (beer and spirits) left to paint. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby square4 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:01 am

Very impressive work indeed, well done. :clap:
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Postby tomhugill » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:53 pm

New boots on and weathered, thanks Forgebear! Finally got the drum mag for the mg34 on. Also started on other bits of stowage.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:25 pm

Tom this is a very nice piece impressive again
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:41 am

Glorious :clap: :clap: Sure is a great example of a late war tank killer.
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Postby tomhugill » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:04 am

Thanks for the kind words guys!

At last some human interest, not sure which I'll go for yet. Looking forward to getting these painted ImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Lo_Thar » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:16 am

Masterpiece!
I see you finaly dont sell it?

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Postby tomhugill » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:21 am

Lo_Thar wrote:Masterpiece!
I see you finaly dont sell it?
Not yet, thought I would get it properly finished with a crew and stowage first

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:43 am

This is marvellous Tom :clap: :clap:
For a tank, it looks kinda "sporty" and with the storage on the back, it makes me think of the Dakar Rally lol.
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Postby Lo_Thar » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:29 pm

Can find good words to say how beautiful this tank is. Time to learn some new english phrase ;)

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:34 pm

Lo_Thar wrote:Can find good words to say how beautiful this tank is. Time to learn some new english phrase ;)

Here's one for you :thumbup:

Stonking, it means impressive, fantastic, wonderful etc. :thumbup:

But as you used the word beautiful, you could say it is splendiferous, meaning excellent, very beautiful, special or extraordinarily impressive, and yes, it is a real word.
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Postby wibblywobbly » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:19 pm

Brilliant Tom, just plain brilliant, love every last mm of it.
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Postby Raminator » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:21 pm

You've made a good thing even better, Tom; a beautiful finish that fleshes out the war-weary StuG. The heavy mudding looks great with the craquelure paint chipping and mounds of stowage, they give a great sense of a lived-in machine that's been there and done that (and is doing it again tomorrow).

I'm curious though, do the pendulum skirts swing when the vehicle's in motion? Did they in real life?
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