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Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)

DML 1/35 Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941) Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review July 2013 Manufacturer DML
Subject Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941) Scale 1/35
Kit Number 9143 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-etch
Pros Really nice detail, quick build Cons None
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $35.95

First Look

Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)
Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)
Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)
Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)
Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)
Stug.III Ausf.A, Michael Wittman, 'LAH' (Barbarossa 1941)

This is a re-boxing of Dragon's original Stug III kit. It now includes markings for Michael Wittman's vehicle during Operation "Barbarossa" in Russia 1941 and Dragons 6116 figure set.

The kit consists of 467 styrene parts molded in grey and 2 photo etch detail parts. All of the parts are molded very crisp and there is no flash despite the age of the kit. The majority of the parts are for the individual track links. The instructions are well written and feature easy to follow illustrations. Decals are provided for Wittman's vehicle and for two other generic vehicles from Russia in 1941.

Construction begins with the running gear and lower hull followed by the track links. You then move on to the upper hull and superstructure. Fit of the main components is great and no problems should be encountered. The fenders are next along with all of the tools and stowage.  The last step is the main gun and it will be moveable after assembly.

Full color illustrations are provided for the assembly and painting of the figures.

Having built one of these kits years ago myself, this kit does build into a very detailed model. With the exception of the track links, this kit will build up pretty quick and easy. Sold as a "Super Value Pack", the kit is priced very reasonable.

My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!

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