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I have always felt that Dragon kits were special.  I love the detail and plastic quality.  And this one was a gift from my daughter.  

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I've already cleaned and painted the rubber on the road wheels and return rollers. 

Starting on the suspension and nicely detailed hull tub, I've found that the suspension can be made to be active.

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All I have to do is cut off these locator pegs...

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A pleasant surprise was to find an added piece of directions for the interior.

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I generally don't do interiors.  The last Pz.III I built didn't have much interior, so I hid the interior with crew members posed in the hatches.  But on this one, I might have to place some crew on the outside.

 

Anyway... lots of parts, lots of choices, and lots of stuff to try to avoid ruining.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz

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17 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Looking forward to this, haven’t see the Neo kits built up yet, all my PZ III’s and VI’s are Dragon. You always have a plethora of spare parts with them......

Phil, Thank you for replying.  Yes, there are a lot of sprues and a lot of parts.  Even tiny wingnuts!  The only III's I've built are from the Dragon Imperial line which I think are re-pops from another company.

13 hours ago, harv said:

I'll be watching !....harv:popcorn:

Always glad to have you around, Harv!

13 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Me too. I've never built a Pz III yet. Closest was a Stug III.

Carl

Thanks for the interest, Carl.  The Pz III is my favorite despite it's usually puny armament.  Just love the way it looks.

12 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

x3 :)

 

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Always happy to see your Forest...  errr, Martin.

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18 hours ago, GazzaS said:

The only III's I've built are from the Dragon Imperial line which I think are re-pops from another company.

Some of Dragon's earliest armour kits were re-boxes of Gunze's Hi Tech mixed media kits. They tooled up plastic parts to replace the white metal and PE parts in the original kits, sort of like what they did with the Tri Master plane kits. 

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7 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Some of Dragon's earliest armour kits were re-boxes of Gunze's Hi Tech mixed media kits. They tooled up plastic parts to replace the white metal and PE parts in the original kits, sort of like what they did with the Tri Master plane kits. 

Well, you'll be happy to know that the parts in the Neo kit have much nicer detail than the Imperial line.

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Earlier today I wondered if I actually had a build thread on this kit...  forgetful old me....

So, what I have been up to:

I'm not an interior guy.  I figure if you can't see it, why build it if not structurally significant.  But on this occasion, because this kit is so nice and an expensive gift, I'd go all out.

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Contrary to being all cream white and rotbrun inside, you can find a fair bit of gray inside most panzers.  Oh...  BTW I have weathered the suspension with a pin wash and some streaking though I imagine these areas will become dominated by dust and the Schurzen.

 

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I have a bad habit of being miserly when mixing colors...  so when I needed some touch up paint...  I failed to that the correct mix on hand.

 

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Despite the rest of the interior, there are significant things missing...  like the Coaxial MG receiver and mounting system.  I've painted all of the parts that will be polished by track wear a light metal color.

 

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I had a lot of trouble trying to discover the color of the shell catching bag.  The only one I could get a good look at online was the one on Tiger 131 in the UK.  To me it looked like rubberized canvas, so I tried to emulate the look here.

 

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The cupola interior needed cushions between the vision blacks.  I made them with sprue filed, cut, and sanded to shape...  then painted hoping to resemble black leather.  The vision blocks were cast in solid gray plastic, so I painted them with a white metal paint, then stained them with a very thin mix of Tamiya clear green and levelling thinner.  Unintentionally, the levelling thinner attacked the metal color and gave the blocks an imperfect look...  but, I think it worked because armor vision blocks always look like crap.  Then I coated them with Future.

 

Now...  with the oils drying, I'm not sure what to attack next.

 

Thanks for looking!

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On 8/31/2020 at 1:24 PM, GazzaS said:

... Thanks for the interest, Carl.  The Pz III is my favorite despite it's usually puny armament.  Just love the way it looks ...

Gazz ...

I've been eying off the Pz.III M Neo kit for a while now ... so will follow this one!!!

My favourite all purpose AFV chassis ... I don't think that they ever tried to "overdevelop" the Pz.III ... 

Apart from suffering in the dreadfully boggy terrain of the Middle-Ages styled roads of the Soviet Union it was always a solid performer ... and, fittingly, it eventually swapped roles with the Pz.IV (which was more easily up-gunned).

Don't be fooled by the high velocity (L60) 50mm main gun of the J-M variants either ... it was much easier to load, aim and fire than it's Soviet 76mm counterpart ... had a higher kinetic impact over a longer range and was stunningly accurate!! ... In other words the EXACT opposite of the Soviet 76mm - which the Marder crews ditched all too willingly when a German 75mm replacement was available!!

Rog :)

 

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Wow, your interior work looks really good. Love the colours and attention to detail. At least the Panzer III has some decent openings in the turret to peak in.

Cheers Rob

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1 hour ago, DocRob said:

Wow, your interior work looks really good. Love the colours and attention to detail. At least the Panzer III has some decent openings in the turret to peak in.

Cheers Rob

Thanks. Rob!

    A few years ago I built this Dragon PZIII G Orange Box kit.  Except for the gun breech, there was no interior. So, I filled the open hatches with crew members.

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You wonder what they're looking at?

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6 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Gaz, nice interior, the only interior I’ve ever done on a AFV is a Marder.....

Thanks mate!  I have a few Marder's to build, and the one I have built so far, was a Dragon Marder III H.  Great kit...  Lots of PE...but not overly exciting when it came to painting.

6 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

That's coming along nicely. Great job on the interior. 

The earlier Panzer III you built looks great too.

Thank you! ...for both.

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I don't have much to show for my modelling time this week. NFL is back, so that takes up a few hours... Never mind the bent headlight. I didn't like the original angle, so I broke it off and pinned it... then proceeded to bend the copper wire pin... anyway... experimenting with lighting here.

 

Except for the cushions added to the cupola, I've added a couple of wires for the headlights.

 

And... One thing I hate is when you're airbrushing and you can't get to that tight spot... so I painted behind the applique armor before adding it. Lotsa holes on the surface to fill, yet.

 

Kinda getting in the mood to play with something with wings on it.

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Sorry....  I meant one of my 1/48 Dorniers, or a 1/32 FW....  so indecisive!

 

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Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz

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2 hours ago, GazzaS said:

NFL is back, so that takes up a few hours...

He he, same here, but anyway, you seem to browse through the build. Like you, I prefer to prepaint tight spots, even if it's time consuming and the dreaded airbrush cleanings amass.

Cheers Rob

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11 hours ago, DocRob said:

He he, same here, but anyway, you seem to browse through the build. Like you, I prefer to prepaint tight spots, even if it's time consuming and the dreaded airbrush cleanings amass.

Cheers Rob

HI Rob,

      The thing is...  I still have to do it all over again with the schurzen.  

 

Gaz

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