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Down by the riverside - StuG conversion rebuild completed

May 16 2017 at 6:53 AM
Piotr Pyrczak  (Login ppyrczak)
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Hi all,
Here's my rebuilt StuG conversion finally with a base and some figures. I had this old Modelltrans early Ausf G hull together with Revell lower hull and running gear standing on the shelf and thought I'll give it new life. Since my goal, a Stug Abt 202 vehicle, was one of those built on Pz III Ausf M hulls I had to covert my conversion set. I rebuilt the overhang with a scratchbuilt deep wading muffler and reworked the forward hatches to have the flat sealable ones. Besides that I added a new muzzle brake, a makeshift stowage rack at the back and those wooden side skirts made of sheet styrene. The tracks are PE from Part, something from pre-OKB times. I had a bit of a problem sculpting my figures, bare body is susceptible to proportion faults (at least for me). It doesn't take much to have a forearm or thigh too thick or the waist too small, doing figs in uniforms seems a bit easier. This was also my first time sculpting loose clothing, it could probably look better but for now this is all my skills allow.
Anyway here are the photos, all feedback welcome as always.

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WIP post:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/message/1491739729

Cheers
Piotr

 
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Petr Vanek
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Re: Down by the riverside - StuG conversion rebuild completed

May 16 2017, 7:13 AM 

Nice StuG and the concept of the diorama, Piotr! Figures are, ehm, on a weaker side of the project as they have proportions of overgrown babies if you let me... But I may have a potential solution for you: Dan Taylor makes a wonderful set called Ablutions, which is, in fact a group of British soldiers - but who cares once they are naked? wink.gif

http://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/ablutions-222-p.asp

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Hi Petr

May 17 2017, 6:57 AM 

Yes, the figures are on the poor side, to add to the problem the camera angle makes them look shorter. To my untrained eye the biggest problem with them right now are the overgrown arms. Hopefully with practice I'll get good enough with sculpting to make better ones. If one doesn't try he can't succeed happy.gif

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Piotr

 
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Kevin Tong
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well done!

May 16 2017, 8:18 AM 

And very original! Although if it's supposed to be on a riverbank I would try to show some water. Excellent work on the StuG.

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Kevin n/t

May 17 2017, 6:57 AM 


 
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Graham Mansell
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Very nice, interesting concept, you should have had...

May 16 2017, 4:00 PM 

...some of the river in the corner with the figures showing all the soap suds on the water!? Hope you don't have to cover up your figures at a model show????

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Graham

May 17 2017, 7:07 AM 

The river would have been a nice touch. since my figure sculpting still leaves a lot to be improved i might come back to the idea at some point.

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Piotr

 
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Petr Vanek
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Re: Thanks Graham

May 17 2017, 8:59 AM 

If I understand Graham properly, he did not mean your sculpting skills but the explicit nudity that might have led to a need of covering the figures to avoid any harm caused to anybody. It is a really silly world we live in... sad.gif

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Well...

May 17 2017, 9:17 AM 

I was refering to the idea of bathing soldiers that I won't abandon in the future. I treat the suggestion of covering up nude figures more as a joke. I'm sure I could make more offensive figures than those two happy.gif

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Piotr

 
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Elliott Winthrop
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Great work Piotr

May 17 2017, 8:02 PM 

Awesome for first time, only thing I would say is the left elbow on the guy with the bucket
& the other guy the upper arms are a little heavy, other wise I think you have nailed it.
Nice Stug III too wink.gif
Cheers
Elliott

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Elliott

May 20 2017, 7:40 AM 

You're right, the arms came out way to thick. I already carved away the legs, same problem.

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Piotr

 
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