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Sturmgeshutze Su-76i
MaKrueger
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Member Since: May 23, 2006
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 12:08 AM UTC
I was pretty excited when Dragon released their SU-76i. I was pretty underwhelmed when I finally got it. The new tooled parts that make this vehicle unique suffer from soft details, poor or nonexistent alignment features, incorrect roof, blobs for hinges, terrible fuel tanks, etc. It was like Dragon had a late 1980s Eastern European model company tool and mold the parts.

To rectify this, I switched gears mid build and used the MasterClub resin conversion. The detail is crisp, the features are accurate and the casting is flawless. Unfortunately, it is designed for use with the old school Imperial series Dragon kits and suffers some fit issues with the newer tooled kits and accuracy issues with the fuel tank brackets. I was willing to overlook these just so I could get something built.

Since it was never going to be as accurate as I would have liked with out a complete redo, I decided to have some fun with this and model a re-captured SU-76i pressed back into German service. The Pz.Jg.Abt. 128 had at least one where they added two antenna mounts which I assume was for field command.

I added some extra details to spruce this one up.

Fenders and buckets - ET Model
White metal tracks - Master Club
Barrel - RB Model
Cast Drive Sprocket ModelKasten
Stamped Drive Sprocket - Dragon StuG III Ausf A
Cast Return Roller and Damaged Road Wheels - Panzer Art
Stowage - Value Gear and misc
Cable clips and Jack Mount - ModelKasten
Ammo Box - MiniArt
Stowage Box - Scratchbuilt.













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ivanhoe6
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 12:59 AM UTC
Sorry to hear about the poor quality of your dragon kit. But boy oh boy did you ever rescue it ! Damn nice work !!!
Thanks for sharing with us !
retiredyank
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 02:47 AM UTC
Hat's off to this one. Superb build!
MaKrueger
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 06:55 PM UTC
Thank you Ivan and Matthew!
Hederstierna
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Very impressive Work and a cool subjekt.
Jacob
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 09:42 PM UTC
Excellent results despite the mess you had to start with! The weathering, all the dings/dents, and overall detail is amazing!
Chapman
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 01:35 AM UTC
Outstanding work! I also really enjoy your blog/site with all of your MaK works, pure inspiration!
MaKrueger
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 07:17 PM UTC
Thanks you Jacob, Jack and Chris!

It was quite a challenge during the construction phase,but ended up being an enjoyable project.

I was surprised/honored to be awarded Best of Show at a local IPMS contest last weekend.

Chris - I'm glad you enjoy the MaK builds. They have certainly influenced my approach to armor modelling.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 07:41 PM UTC
Very nice result. Award was well earned
/ Robin