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DML StuH 42 Alkett 04.43 Production 2 years 1 week ago #1

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My name is Andrew, and I have a problem... :whistle: :lol:

My mojo is strong at the moment :oops: I'm in the mood for building :woohoo:

New on the bench this week is a StuH 42 04.43 production. An early production version. No commanders shot delflector, no shurzen, rubber return rollers, 30mm bolt on armour. I'll be using the decals from the Tamiya StuG III Fruhe kit (finding those is what inspired me to start this one)

Done a bit over the last few days





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Hi Andrew
The force is strong in you at the moment :)
Nice kit, getting ready to watch this puppy as well :woohoo:
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I think your name is going to be the definition of multi builds :P

"Last night I almost Andrewed and started my Phantom build" (This is true, I almost did)

I'm sure with all this paint going down on your other kits, we'll see some finished ones soon :)
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Love it. Heehee, I have the same problem. I've started the JagdTiger conversion (Tamiya Tiger II lower hull spliced and diced and attached to the DML upper with zimmerit), just as an aside while I work on airbrushes and Lysanders. Even worse, I'm already hankering for another big tank to work on. Watching this closely.
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Xtr3meNZer wrote: "Last night I almost Andrewed and started my Phantom build" (This is true, I almost did)

:lol:


Now you definitely need to colour code you builds for us plebs ;)

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DML StuH 42 Alkett 04.43 Production 2 years 4 days ago #6

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Been plugging away on this one too. Targeting to have it ready for primer by the weekend :cheer:





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DML StuH 42 Alkett 04.43 Production 2 years 3 days ago #7

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That looks cool Andrew. :)
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And the production line continues lol
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Nice, are you going to leave it muzzle unscrewed or take the muzzle from the kit one laying there? It's only the late ones that have it permanently removed isn't it?
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DML StuH 42 Alkett 04.43 Production 1 year 11 months ago #10

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Looking good Andrew
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DML StuH 42 Alkett 04.43 Production 1 year 6 months ago #11

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Ok, so I've pulled this one back to the bench as my start off kit for the new hobby room.

Been plugging away for a few days, but have finished too late to post any updates

A couple more hours at it should have it to a point where I just have to assemble the tracks











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:woohoo: Nice to see this back on the bench Andrew.
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Looking good, nice detailing with the PE
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Andrew wrote: Ok, so I've pulled this one back to the bench

Your comment reminded me of this old video. Worth a look for those that haven't seen it. :)

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Thanks Powder. I get mixed emotions seeing that video. That is a very early Ausf G. DML actually make a kit of it (Cyber Hobby White Box)

What is gutting is how complete it is when they pull it out. Even all the tools are in the box mounted on the engine deck, and now it has been plundered and so many of the details have been removed by scavengers :(

Just wish they had got it into an inside museum a lot earlier

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Have done a bit more work on this over the past few days. Am hoping to have construction finished up by the end of the week



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Are they standard tracks, or AM ones?

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They are standard DML magic tracks.

I have a spare set I can give you for your academy panzer iv?

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Oh I wasn't asking for that :) I was just wondering, this way you can still get that track sag, and this was how you do it with standard 'rubber bad' tracks lol.

I haven't even had a good look at those tracks yet though, and being Academy :S who knows lol

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I'm curious about your track sag technique Andrew. Do you wedge the tracks down with the iceblock sticks and superglue the tracks to the return rollers?

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Looking smart Andrew.
It's like a Bull Dog on steroids :silly:

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Terry wrote: I'm curious about your track sag technique Andrew. Do you wedge the tracks down with the iceblock sticks and superglue the tracks to the return rollers?


Terry, I use the popsicle sticks and toothpicks to force the sag on the tracks. At this stage the tracks and wheels are just sitting unglued. This way I can pull them off to paint, then fit them all back on.

I'll post a short SBS showing my procedure for assembling indi tracks
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OK, here is a basic SBS on how I make my indi tracks for AFV models

Step 1. Prepare the correct amount of links (In this case 95 for the StuG). Tools required are the track links and wheels, tweezers, Tamiya extra this, steel (or plastic) ruler



Step 2. I use the ruler to keep the first link in a flat position, then start adding links. depending on the fit, I sometimes place 2 or 3 links together before adding glue. Use the glue sparingly. You don't want too much, otherwise the tracks will melt on the underside (but you need to use enough that the links stay together)



Step 3. Once you have completed the run, leave the glue to set for approximately 10 minutes.



Step 4. After the 10 minutes has passed, loop the track together and glue. Leave this to set for around 5 minutes



Step 5. Fit the track run carefully to the tank. I normally place the drive sprocket where I closed the loop. Add in the idler, road wheels and return rollers



Step 6. Using popsicle sticks (and or toothpicks) place between track fenders and tracks. Leave this overnight, or for several hours



Step 7. Remove sticks and you are done



Once the glue has full set, you can pull the tracks and wheels off to paint, then slip them back on. Remember to mask the pins that the wheels for on. Too much paint on them will not let the wheels fir on cleanly.

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Calling assembly done on this :woohoo:









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Lovely as usual. That aftermarket barrel really sets it off.
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Thanks Tony

Was a bit of a mission to get the barrel to fit. The mantlet is only shaped to accept the 7.5cm barrel, not the 10.5cm. I had to hollow it a little more to show the gap for allowing the barrel to recoil

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Looking good Andrew.
Thanks for the track tutorial, very helpful :)
Next step primer and paint ? :woohoo:
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Looking good man :)
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Love these, and this one has a really cool unique feel. Looking forward to the end result.


/Also there is nothing like a Stug with a derp-gun for clubbing noobs in world of tanks ;)
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So only just over a year later :whistle: Primer on



Wheels have been red oxide primered too, along with matt black on the tracks
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