In Progress>>1/35 Stug III>>Spare Wheels and Details

Small updates on the Stug.

So the tank already have spare tracks. It’s just gonna be weird if it doesn’t have a spare wheels. Because if the tracks gets blown up, there is a high probability that the wheels are damaged as well. After doing some searching for refferences, I decided to put the spare wheels on the side fenders.

this is the only possible space for the wheels
this is the only possible space for the wheels

this is how the wheels are going to be placed like
spare wheels on!

Of course the wheels aren’t gonna be placed just like that. To prevent it from falling off the fender, the Tank Crew usually use a steel pipe,  then insert it to the holes in the wheels. Therefore it holds the wheels on the fenders. To replicate those pipes, I seek any available materials at home. The choice falls down to: Paperclips!

the paperclip
the paperclip
cut cut cut
cut cut cut
ready to hold the wheels
ready to hold the wheels
I put a little bit of epoxy putty at the end of the pipe. To make sure it sticks there:D
I put a little bit of epoxy putty at the end of the pipe. To make sure it sticks there:D

There are two pipes for each wheels. Those pipes prevent the wheels from sliding left or right. To make sure it didn’t jump off the fenders due to war gravity a.k.a bumpy roads, I put chains to lock the wheels in its place.

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It's being tied really good :D
It’s being tied really good😀
both wheels are tied
both wheels are tied

Now let’s go to the front side of the Stug. I install a cable for the front lamps. I use Tin for the cables (since it is very easy to shape) and aluminum foil for the holder.

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I also make a wooden box from a 1.00 mm and 0.5 mm plastic plate. This is gonna be one of the boxes carried by the Stug.

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Last one, I want you to meet the figures that are gonna participate in the diorama. The German Machine Gun Crew on Maneuver! But they  don’t have their weapons yet😀

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Noticed that one of them have a gray head? It started when I try to repose that figure’s head. I cut it using a hobby saw. Then the head snapped off without warning and got missing in action.  You can’t have a german army without heads! (except if you’re building a zombie  army for Halloween theme) Lucky for me that I still have one unused head from the previous project😀 But still, to lost one small yet important part is always a pain…

4 thoughts on “In Progress>>1/35 Stug III>>Spare Wheels and Details

  1. chubbybots says:

    Wow coming nicely mate ^^. Btw a zombie army will be cool for a build! maybe use some putty and put in an exposed brain on that sawed off head.😀 and nice use of the paper clip…got to start scavenging em!

    • h4mster says:

      Thanks and yeah, you’re right! Since the figure’s head are already like that, adding some brain should look great😆
      If I have some unused figures, I’ll definitely give it a try!

  2. rockleelotus says:

    really genius with the mods there! paper clip, tin and aluminum foil? i would have never thought of that lol great details ^^ those are mindless soldiers😄 and losing parts really sucks, it must be hard to keep track of all those tiny pieces! but keep up the good work ^^

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