6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

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6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Wouter » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:18 pm

Hey guys, so my current project is a StuG III for a GB elsewehere. A while ago, when the GB plans were unveiled, I started to do some research. I always wanted to depict armor which got something to do with my homecountry.

Basically, Belgium consists out of two regions: the Dutch or Flemish speaking northern part which is called Flanders, and the southern Frenchspeaking part Wallonia.
During WWII lots of Belgian volunteers served within German Heer and SS units. Percentage wise, of all the conquered nations, we delivered most of the volunteers for the German cause in the East. These young idealists wheren't generally speaking nazi's or even antisemites. Most of them signed up to fight against the threat of Bolsjewism. In many villages the Catholic priest preached against communism and rallied the young men to sign up.

Also, after WWI there were some harsh feelings towards the French speaking elite in Belgium. During WWI many Flemish men, fighting in the Belgian Army were commanded by French speaking officers who didn't speak Flemish. This caused a lot of difficulties during and after the War. Separatist movements rised after the war and these movements would form a firm base for the later Flemish Volunteers during WWII.

When Germany invaded Belgium, these movements saw their chances to dismantle Belgium and continue with Flanders as a separate region-movement. The Germans made good use of this making use of false promises.
Anywhoo, many young Flemish volunteered and were divided in the newly formed NordWest Division, a mixed division consisting out of Flemish, Dutch and Danish men. But, with so many volunteers out of these countries, the NordWest was soon split up in different Legions: the Legion Niederlände, the Freiwillen Legion Flandern etc.

Generally these men were amongst the finest and soon received lots of credit amongst the Germans for their bravery on the Eastern Front. Many casualties were sustained. Since the Flemish were to be considered as 'Germanic' people, these Legions fell under the command of the Waffen-SS. Needless to say that many of them, if not all faced heavy sentences after the war.

Later on during the war at the end of 1943, the Freiwilligen Legion Flandern was reformed into a fully motorized Brigade, and the name changed into the 6th. SS Sturmbrigade 'Langemarck'. And this is were the StuG III comes into play: this Brigade consisted out of 10 Companies, and the 7th Company was a Sturmgeschütz Company, consisting out of 7 or 8 StuG III's.

Now, it was very hard to find any photos or info on this, but some people on the internet helped me out, sending me a chapter of a book written by an ex-Eastern Front Flemish soldier.

The StuG III's of the Langemarck first saw action in January 1944 in Ukraine. The reformed Das Reich division was fighting near Zhitomor in the form of a Kampfgruppe (KG Lammerding). They fought well but suffered many losses and were going to be swamped by the Red Army. They were going to be trapped in a cauldron or pocket, and the first task of the Langemarck was to hold of the Russians in order to prevent the Das Reich being encircled. They did so with succes, but again with many losses.

It's in this period I want to depict my StuG III. I'll be using the Dragon early G for this purpose, together with some goodies.

Here's a shot of a Langemarck StuG III Ausf G (only for discussion purposes!)

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ok, I know it's a long text, but I though it could be interesting :D

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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Wouter » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:19 pm

Basekit is Dragon's StuG III ausf G 'early' (early, mid and late weren't terms which the Germans used, generally modelling companies tend to use them to make things easier, some modifications added in a certain period would be referred to as early, mid and late...reality was far from this simple though...sometimes, because of existing stock or lack of newer features these would be installed in overlapping periods. So could it happen for instance that late war JagdPanthers were still equipped with the early single piece 88 barrel in stead of the two piece later one, because of shortages). It's a great piece of kit which I bought from our own Bill last year. He even painted some of the wheels already :mrgreen: )
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I will be using some goodies, like Atak zimmerit, a Panzer Art gun mantlet with canvas cover and metal tracks.

First of all, the metal tracks ain't by Friul this time. One of my favourite AM track companies (MasterClub) have gotten into the metal track business as well (before they were in resin and have a particular way of assembly) but still have to try them. The ones I used for this build are manufactured by a Swiss company under the brand 'Easy Metal Links'. The only shop where you can order them is my regular German online shop 'Der Sockelshop'.
These tracks have a completely different way of assembly in comparison to Friul tracks. You can get a complete trackrun assembled in about 15 minutes:
Since pictures can say more than words I'll show you gents
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as you can see a very nifty system. I chose the broader winter version of the 40cm tracks called 'Winterketten' (not be confused with the later 'Ostketten') because they give a mean look to your panzer.
Other than that, construction of the lower hull was straight forward. The wheels - as always with Dragon - have the 'Continentau' logo on them in stead of 'Continental'...this is easily adjusted by cutting the right leg of the U, thus obtaining an L in stead.
The Atak aftermarket resin zimmerit is very well done and fits great, here and there you have to adjust but in general it fits more than ok. I put the zimmerit sheet in place, touch the edges with a brush loaded with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement and capillary action does the rest. Gently push the resin zimmerit against the plastic and it stays well in place
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The frontal bolted on armor plate comes as a resin replacement in the Atak set, as well as the rear plate with zimmerit.
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I have to say btw that the metal tracks come in two bags: one for the left tracks and one for the right. Accidently the bag for the right run contained too few links to construct a complete run. This is probably a packaging mistake, and rather than asking for a replacement, I cut off the extensions of some of the left links. Like this you can depict some damaged links, which creates more interest.
The instructions suggest btw that you use 98 links per run...this is waaaay too long...78 links per side are more than enough
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Suspension is made moderately moveable
The exhausts come predrilled, but can be improved, so with a drill bit I drilled them out a bit more, to get thinner edges
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The kit provides a simple interior, and it looks great, although, I want to show the StuG with open hatches, and the interior is a bit too simplified to leave the hatches open. I don't want to spend money on an AM kit so I'm trying to scratch some thingies which I think would be clearly (or semi clearly :lol: ) visible.

The kit provides two sets of radio receivers and transmitters, detail is great and besides connections and cabling it won't need much extra detailing:
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I have a Tristar 'Brumbär' with full interior, and I'll be using it's transfos to add to the radio set, more photos on that later on

I tried to scratch an ammo rack, it's a heavy simplified version: the sides are made out of cardboard, and I drilled holes in a piece of Evergreen plastic. Quite hard to drill the holes to make them alligned with each other. Not much of it will be seen through the hatches
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two hooks for the head gear were made out of leftovers of PE sets and I added a little box made out of Evergreen plastic, some cabling still needs to be added. The thick piece of pipe on the left of the lower sidewall (our right) is made out of a bit of sprue. I think it got something to do with the heating for the fighting compartment
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The Atak set comes with some extra bits made out of resin, their fit is great. Here are the transmission hatches visible, I glued them fixed with Tamiya Extra Thin, believe it or not :D
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The gun is a great piece on it's own, great detail. Although the spent shell basket is ommited in the kit...still thinking of scratching it or leaving it behind...not too sure
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Initially, for the gun mantlet, I wanted to use a resin piece made by the company Panzer Art, which shows a mantlet with a tarp on top
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The annoying bit though, is that it's a cast resin block, so lots of surgery would be needed to make it fit onto the gun :think: :problem: ...so, I guess I'll keep it for another StuG build when I don't want to depict an interior...shame though... :cry:
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The Atak zimmerit looks great, the only set back is that some parts fit perfectly and others are too small or too large...so the joints need to be adjusted using putty
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Starting to look like a StuG now :tune:
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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Spud » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:39 pm

Awesome Stuff Wouts Stug is my favorite tank,

You can get them tracks from http://www.historexagents.com/shop/hxse ... ierCode=E2 Shipping is dirt cheap on there too. :)
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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Lego » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:37 pm

Thank you for the back round on the troops who volunteered.

Fab work :o)b

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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby vw8243 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:44 pm

This is looking to be a great one Wouts, and its always great to have a bit a history to go with a build , keep it coming .

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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Tony lee » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:04 am

I'm thinking Friul used the tab system before switching to pins????

Wouter huh Just how many Wouters are out there????
I thought they broke the mold after the first mistake. [smilie=rofl.gif]

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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Vinny » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:08 am

Outstanding work so far! Very meticulous :DX I admire your patience because you must have an abundance of it to deal with all those tracks @o) The results speak for themselves though. Fantastic!

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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby paulh » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:26 pm

Going to enjoy this one Wouter. Looking fab already.
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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Wouter » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:25 am

well, this build has been stalled for some time, but from time to time I'm working on it. Since last time it has paint and mud :mrgreen:
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Two of the figures of the scene are homemade
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And I also started painting some of the crew (they aren't still weathered though)
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Re: 6th SS Division Langemarck StuG III ausf G

Postby Georgeconna » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:35 am

Wow, fab modelling, love to see how you did the homemade figures, any shots?
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