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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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DML #6520 StuG IV Early to Late Version
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 06:12 AM UTC
[quote]@ Lee: Thanks. Glad you're enjoying the build!

@ Jerry:


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... This is why it's always good to see what a jumpmaster can do when translating his attention to detail training to the real world...



"Jumper! Put your hands on your head; tilt your head to the rear."

Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane the Old Tanker asks...
I think that your figures look great Mike. I didn't know that you had built up a Firefly and will look for it .
Take care, Dan
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 07:22 AM UTC
Hey Dan,

Here is Mikes Firefly build. It's first class! I still have it bookmarked!

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=158659&ord=&page=1
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 07:49 AM UTC
Thanks John! I checked it out and it's high speed-low drag.
Dan
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 04:02 AM UTC
[quote]
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@ Lee: Thanks. Glad you're enjoying the build!

@ Jerry:


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... This is why it's always good to see what a jumpmaster can do when translating his attention to detail training to the real world...



"Jumper! Put your hands on your head; tilt your head to the rear."

Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane the Old Tanker asks...
I think that your figures look great Mike. I didn't know that you had built up a Firefly and will look for it .
Take care, Dan


Good door position,proper exit,check body position and COUNT!! Check canopy,gain canopy control,prepare to land,LAND!! Remember your points of contact.
Having worked with the airforce on many occasions I can safely tell you that there is no such thing as a perfectly good airplane!!
Remember,the sky,even more than the sea,is unforgiving
J
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 09:40 AM UTC
Well Mike,

Looks like you nailed that splinter pattern, those figures look greatand I'm glad you found my article useful. (I promise one day I will actually do the marsh pattern article !)

I will be following along for the remainder of this build, Stug looks awesome. Oh, and to be mentioned alongside some pretty serious heavyweight modellers, well

Keep up the good work !

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 02:56 AM UTC

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... Looks like you nailed that splinter pattern, those figures look greatand I'm glad you found my article useful. (I promise one day I will actually do the marsh pattern article !) ... Andy



Thanks, Andy! Coming from you, that's high praise indeed.

I have to say, that doing these figures has given me a totally new appreciation and admiration for your Fallschirmjager figures on your Ardenes Tiger dio. Needless to say, those figures were my inspiration for the ones on this vignette.

I've finally finished all of the painting, now, and am doing the final assembly for this project. Hopefully over the next few days I'll have some new pictures up of the completed vignette.

Thanks again for the how-to / SBS on the Splinter cammo. I'll be looking forward to the Sumpfmuster article when you're able to get around to it.

Happy modeling,
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 08:25 AM UTC
Well, final assembly went a bit smoother than I had expected, so I've completed things a little a head of of when I thought.

I don't imagine that much additional descriptions are required at this point, so without any more commentary, here're some pictures of the completed vignette:

Some "mug shots" (just because I like to take these pics!)-



Overviews -













Next post will have some "ground level" views...

Enjoy!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 08:39 AM UTC
Now for some "ground level" views -























Well, that's about all. I will confess that I do still have a little work to do on the walking figure. His "gun" arm needs a bit of paint touch-up at the shoulder, so he's not glued down yet. Sharp-eyed folks might notice that the pin in his right heel is just barely visible, but this will be hidden once he's completed and glued down.

But, other than that, this one's all done.

Pending any questions or comments, hope you've enjoyed this build-blog as much as I enjoyed it.

'Til next time, Happy Modeling!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 11:13 AM UTC
OH GOOD GAWD!!! thats just too D*mn good!

i congradulate you Mike, on a fine piece of work! you definately have "THE RIGHT STUFF"!

Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 11:28 AM UTC

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OH GOOD GAWD!!! thats just too D*mn good!

i congradulate you Mike, on a fine piece of work! you definately have "THE RIGHT STUFF"!

Gary



I can't agree with Gary any better! This is just absolutely stunning work! Congratulations are in order for a job well done.

Can’t wait to see your next project!

Bj.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 02:04 PM UTC
Great job on the figures and ground work Mike. Needed quality to live up to the StuG standard, and you pulled it off nicely! Very impressed with the scene overall.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 10:45 PM UTC
@ Gary, Big John, and Frank:

Thanks, guys! It was a great project, and I learned a ton of interesting history while doing it.

@ Big John: Not 100% sure what my next project will be until I start actually cutting sprue, but right now it's looking like a correct Italian M13-40 from the second production batch. I've done a ton of research so far and have just about dialed-in the features I want, so that's what it's looking like right now.

It won't be as "sexy" as the StuG when finished, but it's an important piece of armor history and deserves to be done right.

Happy modeling,
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Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2012 - 01:48 AM UTC
Mike

Nice Stug and crew. Great build.

Anthony
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Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2012 - 02:47 AM UTC
Everything is quite top of the line as usual buddy! Nice job on the end game and the figs.
J
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 03:22 AM UTC
@ Anthony and Jerry:

Thanks for the props, guys!

Happy modeling,
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 08:50 AM UTC
Everybody usually accuses me of talking too much but I simply don't have the words to express how freakin' stunningly awesome this build of yours is. From the interior detail to the work you put in the exterior to the paint are each amazing on their own. But the base is a work of art, too! And if that wasn't enough, considering the historical research you did to recreate a moment in time to bring it all to life sets a high bar indeed. Then you do those figures in that detail and the intricate camo pattern...

This is one of those rare transcendental pieces that cross from hobby into art. I have saved it as a reference and as a benchmark standard I hope I can approach someday.

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Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 05:57 AM UTC

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... This is one of those rare transcendental pieces that cross from hobby into art... .



Wow, Jim!

That's incredibly flattering. Thanks for the complements.

I don't know how I can possibly ever live up it, though! I really hope you're not too disappointed with my next build. It's sure to be much more modest in scope and subject.

I'm almost afraid to start posting!

Thanks again and Happy Modeling!
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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 09:06 AM UTC

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I don't know how I can possibly ever live up it, though! I really hope you're not too disappointed with my next build. It's sure to be much more modest in scope and subject.

I'm almost afraid to start posting!



Post away, I'm always looking forward to your builds.
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 06:10 PM UTC
To all of my Armorama friends, both real-world and “virtual:”

It with a heavy heart and much sadness that I must say to you all that as of today I can no longer, in good conscious, remain a member and active participant here on Armorama or any other KitMaker Net site.

For many years, I have enjoyed my time here on Armorama. I have spent countless hours sharing my own builds and works with you, my friends. Over many hundreds of hours, I have tried to repay the debt I owe to modeling by sharing my techniques and methods while also answering questions. My intent has always been to try to help others to achieve their own modeling goals and to realize their own modeling potential. Through it all, I have tried to remain civil and respectful – To disagree without being disagreeable and to always be tactful. I think that in the main, I was able to do these things.

I have especially enjoyed viewing and commenting on the works that you, my friends, have taken the time to share. It is this interaction and social contact with you that I will miss the most.

Unfortunately, two recent incidents here by one of the official staff members have made Armorama a place where I cannot remain. Many of you may be aware of these two threads started by staff member Kevin Brandt, aka: SgtRam:

Armorama::Armor/AFV::Ode to Rivet Counters

Track_Link::General and Site News::Just Curious

Although I was willing to overlook the first of these threads as a momentary lapse of judgement and civility, when Brandt pursued the targets of his vicious personal attack to another forum, I could no longer rationalize nor passively accept and condone his behaviors and actions.

As an official member of the staff here on Armorama, Brandt holds a position of responsibility and represents both the site and its publisher. His behaviors are no longer the acts of a lone, anonymous internet voice; they become an extension of Armorama and its publisher. It does not matter that he (or anyone else) performs his functions here as a volunteer. As a staff member, he, his actions and his behaviors are inseparable from Armorama.

I sent PMs and emails to some of the staff and the publisher to protest Brandt’s behaviors and to ask that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, aka: staff_jim, take responsibility for Brandt’s actions. Unfortunately, my protests fell on deaf ears.

You may read Starkweather’s open reply here:

Armorama::Site Talk::staff_jim post

We are all judged, to some extent, by the company we keep, and at the time of my protest, it was my intention to simply cease any participation on any threads or topics that Brandt started or posted to. That intention, however, has shown itself to be impractical. I cannot separate the staff member from the site.

The real issue here is one of personal and corporate responsibility and civility. As long as the publisher refuses to take responsibility for his staff members, or as long as Brandt refuses to accept and show remorse for his own actions, Armorama is a site that condones and supports such behaviors.

To remain here, to continue to participate and contribute to this site’s content, is to effectively lend my own support and endorsement to what Brandt did and said. My personal ethic will not allow me to do so.

I suppose the possibility remains that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, and or staff member, Kevin Brandt, will do the right thing. It is possible that one day they might take responsibility for Brandt’s behavior and demonstrate some remorse by publically apologizing to Kurt Laughlin and Christophe Jacquemont for Brandt’s aggressive and viscous personal attacks on them. Accepting responsibility and apologizing would do much to restore this site’s reputation and establish some reasonable boundaries for civil behavior by all.

However, unless and until that day happens, I am afraid that I must bid you, my friends, farewell and…

Happy modeling!

Mike Roof, aka: SdAufKla
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