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StuG.III Ausf.G Initial Production w/Winterketten

DML 1/35 StuG.III Ausf.G Initial Production w/Winterketten Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review June 2011 Manufacturer DML
Subject StuG.III Ausf.G Initial Production w/Winterketten Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6598 Primary Media 711 parts (388 in grey styrene, 288 "Magic Track" links and grousers, 24 etched brass, 10 clear styrene, 1 length of twisted steel wire)
Pros Another limited run "boutique" kit of an early version of a popular subject Cons Verbatim re-pop of Kit No. 49 (DML No. 6602) but with Winterketten vice the original track set
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $50.95

First Look

For some reason beyond my ken DML’s faithful sidekick has released a verbatim repeat of one of its kits from last year, the StuG III Ausf. G Initial Production, but now has replaced the earlier kit’s “Magic Track” set with one of the DML “Winterketten” sets and a new set of etched brass which adds one part. As such the review of this kit is pretty much identical to its 2010 predecessor.

As with the original version (No. 6320) the kit comes with many of the accouterments seen on kits like the DML Tiger I and Panther, starting with individual torsion bars and road wheel arms as well as all of the external details on the lower hull such as shocks and bump stops. Each idler wheel consists of five parts with twin brass inserts between the plastic castings. All wheels are detailed to the point of having the rubber tire manufacturer’s data readable!

The brass is provided only for those bits where plastic cannot do the job, such as the aforementioned wheel rims and the air intake and exhaust grilles on the engine deck plus some non-slip gridding. All fender details are separate and go on in subassemblies. In point of fact, most of this model consists of subassemblies, which is how it gets its tremendous level of details.

The kit comes with a high level of interior parts, including the gun, commander’s cupola assembly, floor, and the radios and stowage racks for various bits on each side of the casemate. Likewise the engine deck consists of several subassemblies combined to form the deck. Note that every hatch on this vehicle can be opened for display of the interior, but there is no engine or transmission provided.

The kit comes with a set of “Magic Track” single link tracks with the

“Winterketten” extensions and a set of grousers for some of the links. As noted in previous reviews due to the complexity and fragility of these tracks they are not a good candidate for DS Plastic so DML took the best option to reproduce them. Grousers are only fitted to a few of the links (about one in three) as the Germans apparently saw no need to add extra weight to the vehicle.

Final assembly again has a number of different modules combined into one final assembly – lower hull, fenders, engine deck, interior, gun barrel, casemate, and tracks.

Note that there are a couple of errors in the directions and errata sheets are included in the box.

Development credit for this kit is again given to Thomas Anderson, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

Three different finishing options and a targeted Cartograf set of decals provided: Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front, 1943 (sane with green mottle, black outline 210); same vehicle, winter 1943 (same scheme with whitewash overcoat); Sturmgescheutz Abt. 1, Kharkov 1943 (grey with whitewash and black crosses).

Overall, again this is another niche or “boutique” version of a popular kit, but with a total of five and four DML versions of the Ausf. G kit having been produced one would think they would move on to the earlier variants (and they already have one F8 and one StuH 42 kits out as well).

Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon Models USA for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 61x2 Wheels and torsion bars (7 mini-sprues connected)
  • B 48 Road wheel arms and lower hull details
  • C 29 Casemate and fenders
  • D 32 Basic upper hull details
  • E 34 Interior and radio sets
  • F 16 Gun barrel and mantelet
  • G 15 OVM and light components
  • G 55 Fender and upper hull details
  • G 24 OVM and hull details
  • H 1 Lower hull pan
  • J 10 Clear styrene
  • K 12 StuG III Initial - casemate, fenders
  • Z 1 Twisted steel wire
  • MA 24 Etched brass
  • Y 108 “Magic Link” tracks - left
  • Z 108 “Magic Link” tracks - right
  • W 72 Grousers
  • WC 4 German Generic Weapons - MG-34