Very late stug

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Postby tomhugill » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:51 pm

This is the first of two projects I picked up recently, a rather tasty stug g late model. Metal chassis and running gear, ibu2 pro, servo recoil, hidden ir emitter, nicely done internals with nice big speaker box. All the hatches open, it's got welds, etch chequer plate, scratch build antenna and brackets the list goes on an on. My plan is to finish it as a very late war stug as found abandoned in 1945. Will be adding the later pendulum skirts and finishing her in a late war campaign scheme. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:59 pm

Tom that is an interesting and exceptional piece. Can't wait to see you bring it to life
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Postby tomhugill » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:07 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Tom that is an interesting and exceptional piece. Can't wait to see you bring it to life


Thanks Carl, the red oxide stooog as it's become known in the club had become a running joke as gary had been building it for about 4 years. I took pity on it and will hopefully get it finished a bit faster!
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:24 pm

Good morning,
Well, you can't blame this Gary fellow for wanting to hold onto his bit of the 'StuG Life' for as long as possible. ;o) It's easy to see a lot of work has gone into the vehicle. Looking forward to your finishing touches!
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Postby wibblywobbly » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:35 pm

What happened to the four Jagdpanthers that he was doing (about 6 years ago) ? lol.

Nice Stug you have prised out of him, it's got everything that it needs to be a top build. :thumbup:
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Postby tomhugill » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:46 pm

wibblywobbly wrote:What happened to the four Jagdpanthers that he was doing (about 6 years ago) ? lol.

Nice Stug you have prised out of him, it's got everything that it needs to be a top build. :thumbup:


Franks finishing Daves, I sold mine to Dean and I have Gary's to finish
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Postby Soeren » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:58 pm

All the upgrades look fantastic already. Do you have experience with Stugs and can tell how accurate the HengLong, Taigen Stug is atually?
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:32 pm

I did a similar conversion for a mate recently. The various hobby brand StuG's seem pretty right for accuracy, and with all the aftermarket bits available, easy to pick a version & make it right.
The swing Schurzen armour of the lates are robust and easy to make, so I'm well tempted to do one for myself some day.
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Postby tomhugill » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:21 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:I did a similar conversion for a mate recently. The various hobby brand StuG's seem pretty right for accuracy, and with all the aftermarket bits available, easy to pick a version & make it right.
The swing Schurzen armour of the lates are robust and easy to make, so I'm well tempted to do one for myself some day.


If it's anything like your last one it'll be a treat for the eyes!
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Postby tomhugill » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:31 am

Some progress on the stug, I've added the late war pendulum skirts from tank modellbau with some minor alterations to match my subject. I've alsoade a start on the tools and stowage, Aber fire extinguisher, first of the tools with shapeways clamps, scratch built jack block. The spare track holder uses u channel brass, some tamiya panther parts and schumo butterfly screws. The most involved bit here was the remote mg 34. All of the carrier is scratch built from styrene and brass and the mg34 is a mixture of parts with some scratch building, Aber barrel and plastic body.

Electrics are and IBU2 and it's running a servo recoil, henglong elevation and hidden reciver so far.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:35 am

Already a beautiful build, can't wait to see this finished and weathered! :clap: :clap:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:01 pm

Looking fantastic Tom. Cant wait to see what happens next
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Postby tomhugill » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:00 pm

Some more progress on the stug, started on a travel lock for the barel. Just needs the chain adding and a little tidy. The bracket is supposed to attach to the very front, but to allow the halves to separate I had to cut it short. Notek light and bracket added and the convoy light made up. I didn't used to add lights but it's a nice addition.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby rolling-thunder » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:22 pm

That travel lock looks great and puts mine to shame.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:01 pm

That travel lock is such a neat feature. You dont see them added very often. This is coming out brilliant.
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Postby Lo_Thar » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:58 am

Wow this stug is awsome! Greate job. Wait for the end

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Postby Soeren » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:26 am

Hey there, you once again did a fantastic and detail rich build. The sideskirt look straight forward and effective. I especially like you mg34 , is it working in any way?
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Postby tomhugill » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:47 am

Pushing on to get the stug finished, last major piece is the tools. The only jack I had was from a tamiya panther, the length is about the same but there are a few differences so that went under the knife, changes to its main body, lengthening one end, adding grab handles in brass. Mounts are brass sheet with etch butterfly nuts. Hand tools all had their moulded clamps removed, where applicable 80 grit sandpaper paper is used to score a grain pattern in to give a wood effect when painting. More folded brass sheet for various holders, all attached to the tools along with the shapeways clamps. These will be painted separately and added later once the tanks painted. Lastly added the chain to the travel lock. It's going to be a paint with taking the top on and off so not sure how long it will survive!

Next up red oxide for the new bits and on to paint.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby jimbo_wa » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:09 am

Superb detailing and one of the reasons that I decided on a StuG III as my first tank.

Looking forward to the paint!


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Postby Lo_Thar » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:19 pm

Love it - its my favotite stug model now

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