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Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale "Armor Pro" Series Kit
No. 7284; 10.5 cm Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G
10.5 cm Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
Stock Number and Description
Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale "Armor
Pro" Series Kit No. 7284; 10.5 cm Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G
Media and Contents:
140 parts (132 in grey styrene,
5 etched brass, 2 DS plastic track runs)
retail price estimated at US $13.98
Totally new kit of this vehicle in this
scale brings quality of the "Smart Kit" to a 1/72 scale model; offers
parts for both StuG III Ausf. G Early or StuH III
Probably not enough brass or options for
Highly Recommended for all German and SP
I am always a bit surprised when DML comes out with what is a nice
kit of a popular subject and then goes back to "tweak" the kit a bit
here and there to make it even better. This kit came out a few
months ago and seemed to be right on the money, but DML "tweaked it"
in some areas when it released the companion piece to their very
nice StuG III Ausf. G Early Production kit (No. 7283).
The new kit has modified "A" and "B" sprues that now provide for
both kits in one box (only one model is possible) but the modeler
now has a choice – much like the original Tamiya StuG III/StuG III
kit of 35 years ago – to built it up as either the gun or howitzer
variant. The howitzer barrel and parts are "slide molded" on the "A"
sprue and the 7.5 cm parts are now on the "B" sprue. A new bolted
heavy armored bow section is also included.
The rest of the kit remains as before. All of the crew access
hatches are provided as separate parts, but here only the
ventilators on the rear deck are provided as separate bits. It
provides the "early production" features of the Ausf. G (e.g. the
angular gun mantelet/recoil cover) but only a minimal amount of
interior detail (the basic gun, recoil mechanism and mounting.)
The running gear is very nicely done with molded detail on both
sides of the road wheels (all separate) and the return rollers,
while molded in pairs, are "slide molded" to capture the front side
details. This kit now a choice in the front glacis panels, but as
before they come molded together.
The fenders are separate as are most of the fender details, and the
side radiator air intakes are provided both open with mesh grille
brass parts and closed and sealed. The casemate is relatively
complete with a pair of artillery binoculars ("rabbit ears")
included for the commander. This kit does include the loader's
machine gun shield but not the machine gun.
The tracks are DML's DS plastic and represent the 40 cm tracks as
near as I can determine. As this is a "first look" I cannot vouch
for their fit, but DML in the past cuts them a bit long to allow for
sag when installed.
Two finishing options are provided: Unidentified unit, Germany 1945
(sand with small red-brown and green patches, and plain crosses) and
Unidentified Unit, Ardennes 1944 ("Ambush" scheme, white 132). A
very small sheet of Cartograf decals is included.
Overall this kit should be even better received than the original,
but modelers who change their minds will need new decals to finish
A 53 StuH III fenders and hull
B 33 StuG III gun, casemate and hatch details
D 44 StuG III wheels
E 2 DS plastic track runs
J 2 StuG III lower hull pan and casemate
MA 5 Etched brass