Sd.Kfz. 142 Stug.III Ausf B in 1/72...

...building the small scale Dragon kit

I bought this one, a recently released small scale model from Dragon Models and it features something a bit different to their earlier small scale armour kits.  The tracks are moulded in a flexible material, and it includes both the road wheels and the return rollers all moulded together as one piece.  Locating holes on the backs of all the return rollers and road wheels fit onto the suspension arms.  The drive sprocket and rear idler wheels are kit parts fit to the hull sides, and the track units are designed to slip round them and the road wheels all locate on the suspension arms which are moulded into the hull sides. .  They are quite a tight fit and I suggest gently stretching these vinyl tracks a bit before you fit them.  The pin on the rear idler is rather thin, and if you are not careful it might easily break off as you fit the track units over them. Fixed with super glue that did just the job and the tracks then fitted alright.

The rest of the kit is quite straightforward and is a quick build.  It captures the detail and look of the Ausf.B nicely enough.

It seems to me that Dragon have been taking notice of other releases in the marketplace, as the build has been simplified compared to previous kits in their series in a similar way to both Trumpeter and Italeri in recent years.  It appears that the market for simpler builds, attractive to many wargamers who want multiples of a particular vehicle and want to get them made and painted in quick time so they can be got into use on the gaming table.  I know some modellers still prefer for details like tool stowage to be separate parts, but the simpler style of kit seems to be attracting a wider audience.

I bought mine through Tiger Hobbies here in the UK.

Robin

Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Box art
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Back of box colour guide
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Parts layout - check out the track units
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Built but unpainted - see the new style tracks and roadwheels
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Built but unpainted - see the new style tracks and roadwheels
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Built but unpainted - see the new style tracks and roadwheels
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Built but unpainted - see the new style tracks and roadwheels
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Kit built with basic coat of Panzer Grey
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Kit built with basic coat of Panzer Grey
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Kit built with basic coat of Panzer Grey
Dragon 1/72 Stug III Ausf B
Kit built with basic coat of Panzer Grey
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