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Tristar #35040 1/35 Sturmpanzer IV Early Version [MId. Production]

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Group build #2 off and running.

The Tiger 1 is basically complete bar a few tools to add. Then it’s lined up for the spray booth. With summer here “at last” in the UK I do enjoy modelling “al fresco” no that’s not rude.........So with this in mind I turned to the Tristar 1/35 Sturmpanzer IV Early Verizon - Mid Production....

As some of you may remember I posted this pic back in end of April in response to Martins “what’s on your bench”

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In doing some research today, it transpires that Sturmpanzer’s did participate in Normandy around about August..........

 

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So only having done the wheels back back in April, I’d like to enter this as my second contribution to the GB.........typically Tristar there are a mountain of sprues and part count around 500.......including individual tracks.

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I await the judges decision........

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Oh, I do love a mobile pillbox. These things are the ultimate triumph of function over appearance.

Not sure where the details above came from Phil but they must have taken a helluva detour to make it 110 miles from Conde-sur-Noireau to the front. We've holidayed around there a few times and it's at most 60 miles to the beaches. The Suisse Normande is a lovely area.

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Ok so now the vacation is finished and the nights are drawing in, its time to get back to the bench. The odds and sods of the Tiger are time consuming so I dipped into the Sturmpanzer to get some building done.

The kit is surprisingly good for Tristar even though the instructions are rubbish. Anyhow here is the start of the build......

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Seven parts times eight assemblies , that was time consuming.......

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 Lower hull attachments and rear deck........the road wheels are two wheels per suspension arm and Tristar supply rubber tyres.........

Next task.......

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more soon, back to the Tiger..........

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The 'next task', will definitely keep you out of the pub, Phil...............................................:unsure:............

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Agreed... cleaning up those track parts, even without the assembly process, is going to be time consuming in itself.

On 8/27/2019 at 7:16 AM, GusMac said:

Not sure where the details above came from Phil but they must have taken a helluva detour to make it 110 miles from Conde-sur-Noireau to the front. We've holidayed around there a few times and it's at most 60 miles to the beaches. The Suisse Normande is a lovely area.

I would not be at all surprised. Patrick Agte in his Stackpole Publishing book on Wittmann gives an account of an UshFührer Warnrcke, who detoured his entire Company to a Paris Restaurant owned by a good friend on the night of June 8th for a lavish meal on the house.

Urgency seems not to have been a priority for the Germans on the Invasion Front.

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10 hours ago, Jeff said:

The 'next task', will definitely 

Agreed Jeff, in some insane reason I quite enjoy tracks........:help:

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7 hours ago, Wumm said:

I would not be at all surprised. Patrick Agte in his Stackpole Publishing book on Wittmann 

Thanks, I’ll see if I can track down a copy. The Tristar tracks don’t need a lot of clean up ironically..........

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Forgot to post this one, wheels and tyres, lots of them........

Ashes cricket finished last week. Now the Rugby World Cup has started yet something else to distract me........

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Ok , a couple of hours today after watching rugby all morning and chores........

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tracks cleaned up and assembled, removable for painting.............

 

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With the Tiger still in the paint shop, a bit more progress on the Sturmpanzer. Not sure how such of the interior is going to be seen but intend to leave all the hatches open.......

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