I think the tracks would have been better connected to the sprue at the sides rather than on the ends as this a very visible part of the finished model but a bit of careful scraping with a scalpel blade makes it presentable.
The kit comes with a basic instruction sheet which shows the parts that are unique to each model type but to be honest you can't really go wrong with this model. As most of my earlier models are white metal I do miss the lack of weight that results from a plastic model but it is possible to add a little weight into the empty hull moulding before assembly. (Ive added some flattened 9mm bullet heads to my PSC Stug IIIs).The main plus with PSC models is the price of £17.50 per box which is £3.50 per model compared to around £6.50 for a metal or resin one.
The sprue contains a few small track sections, a jerry can, stowage box and a road wheel for attaching to the hull which can help to make each model a bit different. Also a commander figure is included if you decide to model the turret hatch open. The sprue contains a .50 cal gun but I haven't seen a photo of a firefly fitted with one but I would imagine somewhere there is one. This gun moulding is really a bit to fragile for a wargame model and I don't think it will last long anyway.
This model is slightly smaller than my Peter pig and Battlefront miniatures models but this could be due to the finer moulding that is possible with plastic models. For me price is a major consideration so this model will (as will most other PSC models in future) be my first choice. They are easy and reasonably quick to make which again for me is a major consideration as my spare time is very limited. I always carry a couple of kits at work in case I have an hour or two spare.
|Left BF Miniatures, Centre PSC, Right Peter Pig|
|The almost finished item|
I hope this is of some use and I will end by recommending this model to anyone who wants to build a reasonably priced collection.
Skytrex Sdkfz 7Heres a metal model I bought a few months ago which has been sitting on my desk along with a bren carrier & 6pdr a/t gun.
The castings do require some cleaning up but that is normal with white metal models.
This is the worst bit and unfortunately it is on a detail area. I use a heavy blade in a swann morton craft knife to cut most of the excess metal away the finish with a fine file and a bit of wet & dry paper. Other than this the castings were pretty clean.
To be finished later.... maybe tomorrow if i have time
Well I didn't have time to finish as had work to do but did solder the tracks on
|with skytrex 88mm|
Like the sherman looked at earlier, the stug III comes in a box of 5 models. Each model can be built in one of 4 variants, Ausf F/8, Early Ausf G, Late Ausf G and 105mm Sturmhaubitze.
Plastic Soldier Company StuG III
Zvezda AEC Matador.
The AEC is a new release from Zvezda and I hope there are going to be more British models following this.
This kit consists of 2 sprues and is a simple clip together construction. For a model that costs just under £3.00 this is well worth buying, all I need now are a couple of 5.5" guns.