ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale StuG III Ausf G May 1943 w/Schuerzen

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Kit No. 6578; S tuG III Ausf. G May 1943 Production mit Schuerzen - Smart Kit; 463 parts (4
07 in grey styrene, 28 etched brass, 13 clear styrene, 12 etched nickel, 2 DS Plastic tracks, 1 length of twisted steel wire; pre-order price US$56.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: StuG production model with schurtzen added to the kit
Disadvantages: no zimmerit; now has DS plastic track runs vice Magic Link t racks
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all German and "Stug" fans
    Believe it or not, this is the 12th DML release of a Sturmegescheutz III A usf. G vehicle. This time it has some changes to the basic body work from t he early production variant and also comes with a set of DS Plastic tracks vice the single-link Magic Track of past kits.
    As before, this kit provides an "earlier production" - e.g. welded mantele t/recoil cover vice the later "Saukopf" mantelet - version of the Ausf. G. It uses individual torsion bars and road wheel arms as well as all of the e xternal details on the lower hull such as shocks and bump stops. Each idler wheel consists of nine parts with two three-piece brass inserts between th e plastic castings; the directions still read for the first release of the kit with one piece rings, however. All wheels are detailed to the point of having the rubber tire manufacturer's 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 grill es on the engine deck plus some non-slip gridding. All fender details are s eparate and go on in subassemblies. In point of fact, most of this model co nsists of subassemblies, which is how it gets its tremendous level of detai ls.
    The kit comes with a high level of interior parts, including the gun, comm ander's cupola assembly, floor, and the radios and stowage racks for variou s bits on each side of the casemate.
    Likewise the engine deck consists of several subassemblies combined to for m the deck. Note that every hatch on this vehicle can be opened for display of the interior, but there is no engine or transmission provided.
    Final assembly again has a number of different modules combined into one f inal assembly - lower hull, fenders, engine deck, interior, gun barrel, cas emate, and tracks. Oddly enough, while the radios and antenna bases are sup plied, no comment is made about the antennas for them!
    Anyone who has done any of the other DML kits with "schuerzen" will recogn ize the concept of using styrene hangers and etched nickel plates, and this kit has the same options with it. There are two angled end pieces and two overlapping center sections provided for each side of the vehicle.
    The kit does not come with any "zimmerit" which photos show applied to veh icles just like this one, and it will disappoint more than a few modelers. It now comes with the single piece DS Plastic runs vice the single link "Ma gic Tracks". Modelers seem to fall into one of the two camps about tracks; it is a shame DML doesn't simply provide BOTH types with kits like this to give modelers the option and finally put an end to the naysayers of either option!
    Technical advice for the kit is credited to Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
    Only two different finishing options and a targeted Cartograf decal sheet are provided: SS Pz.Rgt. Totenkopf, SS Pz.Gren.Div "Totenkopf", Kursk 1943 (green over sand, white crosses and tactical insignia); and Pz.Abt. 215, 15 th Pz.Gren.Div., Sicily 1943 (sand overall, no markings).
    Overall, this is another version but raises the question of how many StuG III kits are really needed?
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
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On Friday, May 23, 2014 3:04:08 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

StuG III Ausf. G May 1943 Production mit Schuerzen - Smart Kit; 463 parts (407 in grey styrene, 28 etched brass, 13 clear styrene, 12 etched nickel, 2 DS Plastic tracks, 1 length of twisted steel wire; pre-order price US$56. 95 via Dragon USA Online

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Ausf. G vehicle. This time it has some changes to the basic body work from the early production variant and also comes with a set of DS Plastic track s vice the single-link Magic Track of past kits.

let/recoil cover vice the later "Saukopf" mantelet - version of the Ausf. G . It uses 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 idl er wheel consists of nine parts with two three-piece brass inserts between the plastic castings; the directions still read for the first release of th e kit with one piece rings, however. All wheels are detailed to the point o f having the rubber tire manufacturer's data readable!

b, such as the aforementioned wheel rims and the air intake and exhaust gri lles on the engine deck plus some non-slip gridding. 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 det ails.

mmander's cupola assembly, floor, and the radios and stowage racks for vari ous bits on each side of the casemate.

orm the deck. Note that every hatch on this vehicle can be opened for displ ay of the interior, but there is no engine or transmission provided.

final assembly - lower hull, fenders, engine deck, interior, gun barrel, c asemate, and tracks. Oddly enough, while the radios and antenna bases are s upplied, no comment is made about the antennas for them!

gnize the concept of using styrene hangers and etched nickel plates, and th is kit has the same options with it. There are two angled end pieces and tw o overlapping center sections provided for each side of the vehicle.

ehicles just like this one, and it will disappoint more than a few modelers . It now comes with the single piece DS Plastic runs vice the single link " Magic Tracks". Modelers seem to fall into one of the two camps about tracks ; it is a shame DML doesn't simply provide BOTH types with kits like this t o give modelers the option and finally put an end to the naysayers of eithe r option!

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t are provided: SS Pz.Rgt. Totenkopf, SS Pz.Gren.Div "Totenkopf", Kursk 194 3 (green over sand, white crosses and tactical insignia); and Pz.Abt. 215, 15th Pz.Gren.Div., Sicily 1943 (sand overall, no markings).

G III kits are really needed?

The absence of Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste is not an error--it wasn't introduced until four months after the date Dragon depicts in this kit, in September, 1943. If you want to model a Sturmgeschutz in combat in the sum mer of 1943, this kit is ideal (and of course, many continued in service lo ng after that date). This vehicle, and others produced that summer, general ly continued in this configuration until they were destroyed or became unse rviceable. If sent back for factory rebuilding, they might have received a coat of the paste. The field application of Zimmerit was not very common, a nd when it was finally discontinued in September, 1944, nobody missed it. -Gerald Owens
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