ARM: Review - 1/35 scale StuG III Ausf. G May 1944

Kit Review: 1/35 scale Kit No. 54 (Dragon Models
Limited 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6412); StuG III Ausf. G May
1944 Mid-Late Production - Smart Kit; 776 parts (502 in grey styrene,
216 =93Magic Track=94 single links, 31 etched brass, 16 etched nickel, 10
clear styrene, 1 length of twisted steel wire); price US$45.95 via
DragonUSA Online
Advantages: specific production cycle modification of this very
popular vehicle; nicely done interior bits;
Disadvantages: single link tracks make assembly tedious
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all WWII German fans
The latest effort from DML=92s boutique subsidiary is actually a =93real=
vehicle as opposedd to an obscure one-off and should be more popular.
This time they have selected a version of the Sturmgeschuetz III Ausf.
G which was a transitional model; there is some reason to believe that
it was right at the =93break=94 point between zimmerit and non-zimmerit
equipped vehicles and thus does not have the problem with missing that
As is the norm with there are some new sprues with
this vehicle that cover new driver faces, new return rollers, new
fenders and casemate and engine decks. It has the =93Saukopf=94 mantlet
but does not come with a machine gun for the loader.
Like its predecessors this kit comes with many of the accouterments
seen on kits like the DML Tiger I and Panther, starting with
individual torsion bars and road wheel arms as well as all of the
external details on the lower hull such as shocks and bump stops. Each
idler wheel consists of five parts with twin brass inserts between the
plastic castings. All wheels are detailed to the point of having the
rubber tire manufacturer=92s data readable!
The brass is provided only for those bits where plastic cannot do the
job, such as the aforementioned wheel rims and the air intake and
exhaust grilles on the engine deck plus some non-slip gridding. But
this one also adds the =93luggage rails=94 at the rear of the hull from
etched brass; this is not available in styrene as an option so the
modeler must bend and install the brass parts.
All fender details are separate and go on in subassemblies. In point
of fact, most of this model consists of subassemblies, which is how it
gets its tremendous level of details. This also shows in the sprues,
as for example the =93A=94 wheel sprue actually consists of seven sub-
sprues, so future kits can be done by gating off or ungating other
sections of the master sprue to meet the need of those kits. DML seems
to be getting smarter in their old age, using this technique vice
tossing in 5-10 other sprues from other kits to get one part from each
The kit comes with a high level of interior parts, including the gun,
commander=92s cupola assembly, floor, and the radios and stowage racks
for various bits on each side of the casemate.
Likewise the engine deck consists of several subassemblies combined
to form the deck. Note that every hatch on this vehicle can be opened
for display of the interior, but there is no engine or transmission
This kit includes the complete =93Schurtzen=94 assembly of 16 plates and
hangers from previous StuG III kits as well.
Final assembly again has a number of different modules combined into
one final assembly =96 lower hull, fenders, engine deck, interior, gun
barrel, casemate, and tracks. Oddly enough, while the radios and
antenna bases are supplied, there are still no comments made about the
antennas for them.
Technical assistance was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Four different finishing options and a targeted Cartograf decal sheet
are provided: Pz.Kp.(Fkl) 316, Panzerlehr Division, Normandy 1944
(tricolor, white 5; shown with and without Schurtzen); 9th SS Panzer
Division =93Hohenstaufen=94, Arnhem, Holland 1944 (tricolor with
divisional markings); Unidentified Unit, Western Front 1944 (sand with
black 201); and Unidentified Unit, Russia 1944 (sand with whitewash
bands, no Schurtzen).
Overall, this should do better as it is an actual production vehicle
and not an oddball.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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