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Rubicon Models => Work In Progress => Topic started by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 03:40:36 PM

Title: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 03:40:36 PM
As promised, here is our Boxing Day present to you all...  StuG III Ausf G - Early / Mid / Late Production (product code 280017).

Features include:
- Choice of Early / Mid / Late production
- Option to assemble vehicle as a StuH 42 with 105mm Howitzer
- Choice of the original trapezoid-shape mantlet or the Topfblende pot mantlet (often called Saukopf "Pig's head") gun mantlet with or without coaxial mount
- Detachable Schürzen (side armour)
- Optional rear stowage rack
- Optional spare road wheels
- Optional periscope
- 3 sprues / 54 parts

The 3 versions of the StuG III Ausf G:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/01StuGIIIGEarly_zpsc30b2905.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/02StuGIIIGMid_zpseefb533d.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/03StuGIIIGLate_zps0baff81e.jpg)

Option to do a StuH 42 with 105mm Howitzer Gun:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/04StuH42Late_zps91a59613.jpg)

More photos of the StuG III Ausf G:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/05StuGIIIGAllFront_zpsc32d3c6a.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/06StuGIIIGAllRear_zpsa5c624d7.jpg)

Some close up views:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/07StuGIIIGMidCloseup_zps359090d8.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/08StuGIIIGLateCloseup_zpsc1017519.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/09StuGIIIGExhaustCloseup_zpsa855c4cc.jpg)

Size comparison with various vehicles:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/10StuGIIIGLatewithSdKfz251D_zps31f00f21.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/11StuGIIIGLatewithSdKfz251D_zps62a27507.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/12StuGIIIGLatewithPanzerIII_zps1a2cbcd5.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/13StuGIIIGEarlywithPanzerIII_zps3c7d5802.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/14StuGIIIGEarlywithTigerI_zpse6b2486d.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/15StuGIIIGMidwithM4A3_zpsbb3e676b.jpg)

Comments and constructive feedback welcome!
;)





Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Garga on December 26, 2014, 04:20:23 PM
This is really a fantastic addition to your range... Thank you!
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on December 26, 2014, 06:28:58 PM
Looks really good - it's great that you've tackled the StuG.  The only omission that's noticeable is the non-slip pattern on the mudguards.  I think you mentioned before that this was quite tricky to mould (although you did it on your Panzer IV).  The air intakes are also a bit bland - they should have a mesh pattern, or at least some slots.  The wheels look right - assuming they have large and small holes and no protruding bolts.  Good on you for re-doing these, rather than sticking with the Panzer II's.

I do have a query about the exhausts.  My sources show that the Ausf G had two fairly flat, angular mufflers, with quite stubby exhaust pipes.  The exhaust pipes were angled, rather than curved.  The deflector shield seems to have fitted over the top of this, so that the exhaust pipes angled around it.  Can we see a better photo of the exhausts on your kit?   
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on December 26, 2014, 06:45:27 PM
Looks good, but I echo Pinky's comment about the non-slip pattern.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Cha1nzz on December 26, 2014, 07:10:56 PM
iv picked up a few of your kits now and as a veteran modeler i must say i am very happy with what i have had from Rubicon thus far....i look forward to to this as it's basically the tank i am missing from my Germans....so the only question that really needed to be asked is when do plan to get this out to masses ????
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 07:23:20 PM
Looks good, but I echo Pinky's comment about the non-slip pattern.
Laffe & Pinky: Decided not going to do the non-slip pattern on the StuG.  Not because we cannot, but take too much work and risk to do the pattern during the last mould making phase.  One wrong step will deface the mould and had to redo it all over again!

:(
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 07:28:14 PM
The air intakes are also a bit bland - they should have a mesh pattern, or at least some slots.  The wheels look right - assuming they have large and small holes and no protruding bolts.  Good on you for re-doing these, rather than sticking with the Panzer II's.
There are mesh pattern on the air intakes, the contrast of the photo is too high so that you can't see them.  Will take some extra photos later...

The tracks and road wheels had been completely redone.  The update work had pushed back two of our ongoing projects... costing us dearly!  :(
But we are happy with the end results.  Think is worth the extra time!

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 07:42:44 PM
My sources show that the Ausf G had two fairly flat, angular mufflers, with quite stubby exhaust pipes.  The exhaust pipes were angled, rather than curved.  The deflector shield seems to have fitted over the top of this, so that the exhaust pipes angled around it.  Can we see a better photo of the exhausts on your kit?
Here are the parts that make up the exhaust section, plus the air intake grille (There are more details on the plastic counterpart than on this resin prototype):
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/17StuGIIIGExhaust_zpse75bc021.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/16StuGIIIGAirIntake_zpsf46e2af2.jpg)

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on December 26, 2014, 08:02:06 PM
Looks good, but I echo Pinky's comment about the non-slip pattern.
Laffe & Pinky: Decided not going to do the non-slip pattern on the StuG.  Not because we cannot, but take too much work and risk to do the pattern during the last mould making phase.  One wrong step will deface the mould and had to redo it all over again!

:(

Ok, fair enough.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on December 26, 2014, 08:05:51 PM
Agreed - fair enough on the non-slip pattern. 

I can see the mesh on the air intakes now - it looks very good.

So my only concern is the exhausts, which don't match any of my references.  Maybe yours are based on a different pattern?  I'll put up a photo later to show you what I mean.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: ripley on December 26, 2014, 08:08:17 PM
Well done Rubicon .  I think the exhaust look great , there are a couple of pictures of this type in the Squadron/Signal Stug III Walk Around book . Either a Panzer Division field modification , or more likely a Stug build on a tank chassis , instead of a dedicated chassis from the Stug production line . If the exhausts pipes  don't look quite right , you could cut them off  and invert them so they stick out a little more , will have to see how they look when I get the kit in hand . And I can agree with you omitting the fender non skid . Its a lot different than the Panzer IV ,being little dots or buttons , as opposed to the IVs cross hatch pattern . Probably wouldn't show very well in this scale anyway .
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 08:12:04 PM
So my only concern is the exhausts, which don't match any of my references.  Maybe yours are based on a different pattern?  I'll put up a photo later to show you what I mean.

We understand your concern.  Here are the reference drawings we are using.  We also used the Squadron/Signal Publication (StuG in Action, Armor #14) as reference material, both photos and line drawings, as well.

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/18StuGIIIGExhaustTechDrawing_zps0a2e6ec9.jpg)

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: elias.tibbs on December 26, 2014, 09:08:05 PM
It's looking very nice. Another lot of yours to add to my collection when it's released.

As far as exhausts and stuff go, from memory the stug had many different exhausts patterns and unless you were planning to do multiple kits to get them you're not going to be 100% accurate.

Personally I'm more than happy for this kind of compromise in order to make the kits multi-use and to keep the costs down. That said, I use your kits for gaming and to make and paint, not as a historical display piece.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 26, 2014, 09:31:25 PM
Spinfire:  While our original intention was to create this product line for gaming purposes.  But as more vehicles are being released, we tended to pay a lot more attention to the historical aspect of our product offerings.  Being multi-variant, it is extremely difficult to be "exact" for each variant, some compromises had to be made in order to keep the part counts low and easy-to-assemble for wargamers' sake!

We are not going to do a "just looks-like a..." vehicle, there had to be a high degree of accuracy to what we are modeling after!  Being that said, we have seen a lot of resin models on the market right now which has all sort of errors and miscast on them; and yet, most people just accept it and are not complaining about those!  While our quality is a lot better, our retail price is similar and sometimes even lower; yet we have lots of "nuts and bolts counter" customers whined about minor issues on our kits.  Their concerns are our motivation to excel!  Producing great plastic kits for wargaming use is our ultimate goal!

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on December 26, 2014, 10:06:21 PM
We understand your concern.  Here are the reference drawings we are using.  We also used the Squadron/Signal Publication (StuG in Action, Armor #14) as reference material, both photos and line drawings, as well.

Thanks - it's reassuring that you've done your research on these smaller details!  I don't think the shape of the mufflers or exhausts is quite right, but it's no big deal.  The other issue is the thickness of the 'L' shaped piece on each end of the curved shield (in reality this was sheet metal, and only seems to appear on a few vehicles), and that's probably necessitated by the moulding.  I can't wait for this kit to be released - I'm planning on buying at least 3. 
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: pmbk on December 26, 2014, 10:56:06 PM
People tend to complain even when handed flawless product on a gold plate, so I wouldn't worry that much Rubicon ;)

StuGs are beautiful, it is THE kit I was waiting for! Best Christmas Ever! Thank you so much, can't wait when these beauties hit the shops!

pmbk out!
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Anfernee on December 26, 2014, 11:57:07 PM
People tend to complain even when handed flawless product on a gold plate, so I wouldn't worry that much Rubicon ;)

Truth.

Great looking kit Rubicon, can't wait to grab one.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on December 27, 2014, 07:51:06 AM

We are not going to do a "just looks-like a..." vehicle, there had to be a high degree of accuracy to what we are modeling after!  Being that said, we have seen a lot of resin models on the market right now which has all sort of errors and miscast on them; and yet, most people just accept it and are not complaining about those!  While our quality is a lot better, our retail price is similar and sometimes even lower; yet we have lots of "nuts and bolts counter" customers whined about minor issues on our kits.  Their concerns are our motivation to excel!  Producing great plastic kits for wargaming use is our ultimate goal!

Actually I prefer plastic because I think most of the resin kits out there are horrible... and I do understand that you have to make a kit which is not too complex since you are not doing the volumes like Dragon (for example) are. And yes, even Dragon kits have accuracy issues.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Preda on December 28, 2014, 04:43:03 AM
When will it ship to the Retailers?
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on December 31, 2014, 12:54:52 AM
Just discovered this!
At long last :-)
Just what I've been waiting for, at least three of them.
Can't wait for their release.

Until then I'll be working on my remaining Pz III and IVs..

Cheers

SP
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on December 31, 2014, 08:08:14 PM
It's not 'complaining' to suggest ways of improving a kit before it's released - personally, I'd like to see Rubicon's kits free of any major inaccuracies by the time they're released.  They've improved their accuracy with every kit they've released.  That is, after all, the reason that they ask for feedback on this site. 

This is the Tamiya StuG III exhaust, minus the curved shield.  It matches the photos I have of the real vehicle.  If there was another pattern, then I haven't been able to find it.



Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on December 31, 2014, 09:10:16 PM
It's not 'complaining' to suggest ways of improving a kit before it's released - personally, I'd like to see Rubicon's kits free of any major inaccuracies by the time they're released.  They've improved their accuracy with every kit they've released.  That is, after all, the reason that they ask for feedback on this site. 


I agree -- otherwise they might do what PSC did for example. They managed to copy the error from Airfix M3 halftrack kit onto their own design. Not that they copied the Airfix kit, but Airfix had used an M14 with folding sides as prototype for their M3 kit, and PSC also sculpted folding sides on their M3 kit. Had they asked the community beforehand that would have been ovoided. I'm glad Rubicon is giving us old grognards a chance give input.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on December 31, 2014, 11:51:12 PM
This is the Tamiya StuG III exhaust, minus the curved shield.  It matches the photos I have of the real vehicle.  If there was another pattern, then I haven't been able to find it.

This are a StuG III Ausf G in storage, showing the exhaust features:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIAusfGMufflerReference_zps7da927e0.jpg)
When we design our exhaust piece, we had to take into consideration about the angle when the sprue and the mould separated; there will be an undercut area on the exhaust pipe if we were to make the exhaust looks like the real one based on our current design.  To make it looks like exactly like the real one, we will need to split the exhaust and the top panel into two parts, much like what Tamiya did.

It is a sacrifice on part counts versus accuracy on minor details.  This inaccuracy can be simply rectified by filing down the angle of the pipe into a curvature and make it shorter by the modeler.  Our target customers are basically wargamers, followed by modelers.  We assume modelers will do conversions and modifications anyway, so priority is set to wargamers!



Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on January 01, 2015, 12:01:45 AM
I'm glad Rubicon is giving us old grognards a chance give input.

Grognards... I love the word!   ;D

Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on January 01, 2015, 11:42:50 AM
When we design our exhaust piece, we had to take into consideration about the angle when the sprue and the mould separated; there will be an undercut area on the exhaust pipe if we were to make the exhaust looks like the real one based on our current design.  To make it looks like exactly like the real one, we will need to split the exhaust and the top panel into two parts, much like what Tamiya did.

I think I understand.  If it's a moulding issue, then so be it.  I remember the Esci 1/72 scale StuG I had dealt with this by moulding the exhaust pipes without an undercut, but that might not look good in 1/56 scale.

Quote
It is a sacrifice on part counts versus accuracy on minor details.  This inaccuracy can be simply rectified by filing down the angle of the pipe into a curvature and make it shorter by the modeler.  Our target customers are basically wargamers, followed by modelers.  We assume modelers will do conversions and modifications anyway, so priority is set to wargamers!

I appreciate your philosophy - as long as you're aware of the point then it's fine.  I'm just trying to help you avoid any minor errors that might undermine what is promising to be a very popular kit!
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on January 02, 2015, 03:50:28 PM
I'm glad Rubicon is giving us old grognards a chance give input.

Grognards... I love the word!   ;D

Quite fitting too... http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grognard
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: pmbk on January 03, 2015, 12:13:44 PM
Rubicon,
I just noticed it and I have a question regarding the presented muzzle breaks.

the L\43 I have no problem with, but the L\48 looks kind of off. It should something like that
(http://www.model-making.eu/zdjecia/4/3/8/1506_abe35L-58c.jpg)
or that
(http://www.rbmodel.com/data/foto/big/35B49/01.jpg)
While the one you have currently on presented test StuG, appears to be like a hybrid of both (I'm talking about a unnecessary "bulge" on the front section of it).

Also muzzle break on the 105mm howitzer seems to be also incorrect. It would be great for a field leFH 18 howitzer, but not for the vehicle mounted variant. It should be more like an oversized Tiger's muzzle break, like here
(http://panzerwaffe.pl/krzemek/stuh/stuh42-34d.jpg)
Not to mention late StuHs had no muzzle breaks at all, so that's another option.
(http://panzerwaffe.pl/krzemek/stuh/stuh42-bhd.jpg)

Anyway, is it possbile for you to fix that?
I hope my post makes at least a bit sense. Current muzzle breaks are not a major flaw, but they are kinda annoying once you notice them being incorrect.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on January 03, 2015, 02:05:35 PM
On the L/48 muzzle brake, pmbk appears to be correct.  Also, it looks as though only a prototype Ausf G was fitted with the single chamber, 'globular' muzzle brake that's included in the kit.  This kind of muzzle brake was replaced during the Ausf F production (although it's possible the earlier muzzle brake was used due to shortages of parts). 

While the L/28 muzzle brake that pmbk mentions seems to have been standard, the 'squared off' version depicted in the kit was used - there's a photo of a late Ausf G with one of these in the Spielberger book on the StuG.  The text explains that muzzle brakes from the 105mm howitzer could be used.  It doesn't look as though they were fitted at the factory, but again it's possible - there are all sorts of variations due to production shortages.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on January 03, 2015, 04:19:35 PM
We have an in-depth look at the muzzle brakes for both the StuG III and StuH 42 before we began our 3D drawings.
We are aware of the variations on the different types of muzzle brake available.  Here are the reference diagrams we used as part of our research material:

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGMuzzleBrake1_zps6ec8f7cc.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuH42MuzzleBrake1_zps5f9e69d7.jpg)

These are the technical drawings of the Muzzle Brakes we have on file for the 75mm gun:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIII75mmMuzzleComparison_zpsa1950355.jpg)

Because of 3D prototyping cost, we have only printed 2 variants of the gun barrel to use as test sample; the kit should include 3 x 75mm  and 1 x 105mm gun variants.
The muzzle brake on the 105mm howitzer can be trimmed off to represent the gun without a muzzle brake as well.


Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on January 03, 2015, 09:05:59 PM
Interesting.  I think this thread demonstrates how much interest there is in the StuG!

I've found one photo of what seems to be a vehicle with the muzzle brake you describe as "late".  It's a very late StuG III with scalloped side shields, Saukopf mantlet and the remote control machine gun.  It looks as though late StuG IV's also had this muzzle brake.

I think I'll model my Sturmhaubitze without a muzzle brake - it looks rather cool...
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: pmbk on January 03, 2015, 11:26:52 PM
In this case I have to admit I must have been ill informed. It's just, most of the StuGs I've seen had this "Early" or "May 43" muzzle break type (names according to your diagram). Still, not to be picky, but the presented L/48 muzzle break doesn't look satisfactory in my opinion. I can see it resembles the Late type (vide your diagram), but these protrunding sections, look bulgy, instead of sharp.

And on the 105mm topic, I admit I didn't know the "leFH 18M" type appeared on the StuH, but still to me the most 'typical' was the large one, described by you as the "Mid production". Wouldn't it be a good idea to go with the most standard muzzle break type, instead of a rare one, that from what I understand, appeared on a handful of, if not less, StuHs?

In summary, the presented Late 75mm muzzle break looks too bulgy in my opinion, but as longs (as you say you will) as you include other 75mm types (preferably the "Early" or "May 43"), I'll be perfectly happy. Also, the decision on 105mm muzzle break type is quite surprising (I'm talking about the particular shape you decided to go with), but as you said, we can just cut it off, and make a muzzle break-less variant, so it's all good in that case.

Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: vladgothic on January 09, 2015, 10:18:58 PM
I can see my shopping list getting even longer, these have lots of potential.

Now for an ugly question, Zimmerit? pretty much all StuG wore it.

And with the upper superstructure in place is there any thoughts of the StuG IV? with some clever chassis design the PZ IV family could follow  ;D
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on January 09, 2015, 10:35:09 PM
Now for an ugly question, Zimmerit? pretty much all StuG wore it.
And with the upper superstructure in place is there any thoughts of the StuG IV? with some clever chassis design the PZ IV family could follow  ;D

Not all StuG had Zimmerit, but "MOST" StuG models you see had it...  :P

We might do a StuG IV later.  There had been too many complains about us releasing too many German vehicles.  We will take a break from anything German after the StuG and 251D releases; and focus mainly on the Allies - Russian, British, and the US!  But the Germans will come back soon...

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on January 09, 2015, 11:02:57 PM
Fortunately for those of us who hate modelling Zimmerit, the early and very late versions didn't have it  :D

I see you've pushed back the release date to iron out some final issues.  I have one more small point to raise - your resin prototype seems to have sunken rivets on the roof.  I suspect that your final version will have proper raised, flat-topped rivets, but I just wanted to make sure.  Also - will it be relatively easy to match the new StuG hull and running gear with your Panzer III upper body?

I think you'll have a very nice range of German armour once the StuG and SPW are out, and it'll be great to see some Allied armour. 
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Preda on January 10, 2015, 05:37:55 PM
Who need´s Allied Tanks :( So no Jagdpanther or Jagdtiger in the near future? :(
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Laffe on January 12, 2015, 05:13:10 PM
Who need´s Allied Tanks :( So no Jagdpanther or Jagdtiger in the near future? :(

Don't all of your hunting cats need some targets? I think a healthy balance would be great.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 04, 2015, 10:35:17 PM
Here is a rather peculiar sight!  This StuG III is build from our test sprues using whatever colour plastic pellets left in the melting bin of the mould making machine; thus the combination of "Lemon Yellow / Night Glow White / Black"!

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGT3-1_zpsc289c4b4.jpg)

The StuG III is primed, then base coated with Oxide Red, and then the usual German Camouflage colors:
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGT3Paint-in-Progress_zpsf130583c.jpg)

Will post the finished test model once it is painted!

;)

Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Pinky on February 05, 2015, 12:14:44 AM
Looking good! 
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Blues on February 05, 2015, 02:23:49 AM
So you finally included the non-slip pattern on the mudguards! I have to admit the kit looks awesome. ;D
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 05, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
So you finally included the non-slip pattern on the mudguards! I have to admit the kit looks awesome. ;D
The non-slip pattern was not originally planned.  Because we are adding additional muzzle brakes (with gun barrel) to the kit, we spend a little more time to create the non-slip pattern... it is a bit risky to do in such a late production phase, but the outcome is very pleasing!

;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Preda on February 06, 2015, 04:58:25 PM
When will the Kit hit the Shelfs? :)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 06, 2015, 05:06:19 PM
When will the Kit hit the Shelfs? :)

We are late because we have not factored in Chinese New Year!  Everything is done, unfortunately there are no workers doing the packaging for us!  Will need to wait at least 3 weeks before they resume work!  Hopefully late March delivery to all distributors!

Here is a painted StuG III Ausf G Late Production model for your long-wait relief...
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGPainted01_zps67733421.jpg)

:(
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 23, 2015, 08:40:25 PM
Here is an update on our plastic StuG III Ausf G... now painted!

The almighty StuG III Ausf G with Saukopf gun mantlet - Late production
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGPainted01_zps67733421.jpg)

...and with Schürzen (side armour)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGPainted02_zpsfceb5c19.jpg)

Alongside with her big brother... a Panther Ausf G!
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGampPantherSideView_zpseafc1b08.jpg)

Size comparison of the two...
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGampPantherTopView_zps7a32d124.jpg)

Some more close-up images!
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIG04_zps7263b65e.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIG03_zpsde7946d4.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIG02_zps029145bf.jpg)

Some group images with several SdKfz 251/1 Ausf D variants...
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIGwithSdKfz251-1D01_zps2256afe2.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIGwithSdKfz251-1Ds01_zps3358caf2.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuGIIIGwithSdKfz251-10D01_zps49eaa8e9.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuGIIIGampSdKfz251Ds_zps78f3f764.jpg)

...and finally as a StuH 42 with a 105mm howitzer!
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuH42with105mmHowitzer01_zpsbb129131.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBStuH42with105mmHowitzer02_zpsce19a04b.jpg)
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/FBSdKfz251-8AmbulanceampStuH42AusfG01_zps8ad5b2fe.jpg)

If things go well with production, the StuG III Ausf G will be available around late March!

;)

Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Garga on February 24, 2015, 01:13:29 AM
The multi colored sprue reminds me the old matchbox ho models... That I mounted and painted in tons when I was a kid... Hem in the last century!

Could be an idea for the lazy war gamers but adds another complexity to sprue design since you have to group in the same sprue the items that should have the same color...

In any case I always painted them so it's a waste of time... But reminds me the old good times...
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: airborne on February 24, 2015, 03:36:16 AM
Good piece of nostalgia  there Garga,  and the mix of Stugs is grand. I like the paint style on these machines all air brush finish by the look.
Cheers   
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on March 19, 2015, 03:45:44 AM
Are there any news concerning the release date of StuGs and Hannomags?
I desperately  ;) need both for my current project..

Cheers

SP
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Yaquir on April 15, 2015, 11:24:50 PM
Are there plans for a earlier version of the StuG III?
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on April 15, 2015, 11:54:00 PM
Are there plans for a earlier version of the StuG III?
Yes, but that will be after an earlier version of Panzer III... release schedule yet to be decided!
;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Yaquir on April 16, 2015, 03:43:22 PM
Great!  :)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: H0ffmn on April 16, 2015, 09:47:12 PM
I know that things change, but do you have a tentative  release  schedule that you could share?
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: Rubicon Models on April 16, 2015, 10:04:34 PM
I know that things change, but do you have a tentative  release  schedule that you could share?

We don't want to give false hope of an imminent release for any particular vehicle.  Everything will take its turn. 

What we usually do is to release 3D drawings, then prototype, then plastic test sprues before the final release of any new product!  You just need to follow us on this forum or Facebook to keep track of what we are doing!

If there is a lot of requests for a particular project, we usually will move that project up our "Wish List", and start research for that particular project.
;)


Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G
Post by: H0ffmn on April 18, 2015, 12:08:43 AM
Ok. Thanks. I know that things are subject to change, I was curious about your next set of releases for the next quarter.
 As far as requests, I would like to see an early M4A1 Sherman tank and an early Panzer IIIG on your lists. I know they've been discussed here on other posts.
   Thanks
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: Rubicon Models on August 02, 2017, 12:53:03 PM
We will continue to improve our products even if they are completed.
For older products, we simply retired them and create a new product.
For existing range, the T-34/76 fuel canister revision being our first
project is now followed by the StuG III Ausf G.  We are going to revise
the upper hull with added details and a brand new anti-skid pattern
to further enhance our product kits.

No release date, and will wait until our current stock expired... which
should be within this year!

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/StuG%20III%20Ausf%20G/StuG%20III%20Revision%20170801-1_zpsruqejz1s.jpg)

Enjoy!
 ;)
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: elias.tibbs on August 02, 2017, 08:57:13 PM
StuG life.

I'm still amazed by the fact that a company updates their kits like you do.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on August 03, 2017, 12:11:35 AM
Excellent.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: Pinky on August 03, 2017, 01:48:08 AM
Good news.  Please also fix the lower hull front, which is far to steeply angled.
Title: Re: StuG III Ausf G - Project Reboot 170801!
Post by: Rubicon Models on August 03, 2017, 01:55:14 AM
Good news.  Please also fix the lower hull front, which is far to steeply angled.

The lower hull is on a different sprue, which meant on another mould.  We only have budget to make changes to a single one... the upper hull is more important to this respect.