Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jagdpanzer & Stug's

I managed to out get a little time in the paint booth the last few days. The Stug III is in the finishing stages, and the Stug IV and Jagdpanzer IV are in the early painting stages.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jagdpanzer IV L/70

I'm also working on Dragon's Jagdpanzer IV L/70 for the group build.  Like the Stug IV, it's very nicely molded, as a matter of fact it's a little nicer than the Stug IV.  This is probably because it's a later release, and Dragon has been gradually improving their kits to the point now they have reached the pinacle of 72 scale armor (in my opinion), with their recetly released Panzer IV ausf. F (more on that in a later post).   Anyway, I do't have much in the way of reference material on the Jagdpanzer IV.  So I've been relying on what google searches pull up to add any extra detail to the kit (not much).  Hopefully it will warm up a bit, and I can get the Jagdpanzer and Stug IV to the paint booth soon.

Dragons Stug IV Late

I've got a couple of kits I'm working on for the Panzer IV group build on Missing Lynx Braille Scale group. The group build is being done in conjunction with Braille Scale Monthly Competition. The group build runs from February to May. Rather than competing, I'm using the group build as inspiration to build several Panzer IV class kits that have been shamefully accumulating in my "stash" (my wife would probably call it my own private hobby shop). Anyway, I'm trying to build the kits out of the box as much as possible. Only adding after market goodies if I already have them handy.

So without further ado, here's a couple of shots of my nearly ready to paint Stug IV late, by Dragon.

I can't comment very much on the accuracy of the kit, as German armor isn't really my thing, atleast not the Stug IV (why was it in my stash then....because I'm sick!!!).  I don't have very much if any reference material on the Stug IV.  Fortunately there is the internet, and a google search eventually set me on the trail of a Stug IV recently pulled out of a river in Poland.  The museum restoring the Stug has a great website,, that is documenting the restoration process, and was a veritable treasure trove of information while building the model. The only modification to the kit was a slight modification to the spare roadwheel box, replacing the molded on lift rings with ones made out of stretched sprue, and hollowing out telascopinc sights and machine guns.