Canons d’assaut were originally designed to accompany the infantry, et provide direct fire support against soft targets. The turretless Sturmgeschütz fulfilled this role very well, it was much cheaper to build, et it had a lower silhouette than a tank mounting the same weapon. One answer to the increasing tank threat on the Eastern Front was to equip the Sturmgeschütz avec a longer gun, capable of defeating enemy armour at acceptable ranges. The véhicule thereby adopted a second role, that d’une plate-forme antichar mobile.
In order to give the Sturmgeschütz battery more punch against enemy infantry, the unit was increased from six to 10 véhicules in late 1942, three of which could be Sturmhaubitze 42, mounting the 105 mm howitzer. The ESCI StuG III can be built as a StuH 42, using the alternate howitzer barrel supplied with the kit.
Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G et Commander
- Type: Assault Howitzer
- Longueur: 5.56 m (6.32 m overall)
- Largeur: 2.95 m (3.41 m avec Schürzen)
- Hauteur: 2.15 m
- Poids: 24 500 kg
- Vitesse: 40 km/h
- Armement: 105 mm Stu.H. L/28 + MG
- Équipage: chef de char, conducteur, tireur, chargeur
- Déploiement: 1942 – Mai 1945
- Scale model avec much detail. The model has 92 mm more track on the ground than the original, even though the track assembly uses only 90 track links instead of the 99 normally required. Apparently, the individual links are a little larger than they should be, completing the track avec fewer links. Véhicule lenght, width avec et without Schürzen, height, et track gauge are scaled correctly.
- Weld seems, hinges, et armour plates are well defined. Hull et chassis fit together very nicely, no filling was required.
- Tracks consist of plastic links, 23 parts per side, of which 19 are individual track links et the remaining 4 are larger track segments. Track sections No. 2 et No. 4 are too long for the véhicule, et the manual shows how they need to be shortened. Presumably, the track sprue in this kit comes from the ESCI kit of the Pz.Kpfw. IV, which requires a longer track. Unlike rubber track, the plastic track sections can be mounted on the véhicule without delay. In fact, it’s important not to allow the drive sprocket to dry completely before putting the track on. Any misalignment of the sprocket halves will be noticed when the track sections are applied, et the problem can be corrected as long as the glue has not set.
- It’s not immediately apparent, but the numbers printed on the painting instructions indicate where the decals are to be placed. If the véhicule has been built following the instructions, it will be equipped avec track skirts, hiding the intended decal positions 1 et 4. Place them on the second skirt panel from the front, the top of the Balkenkreuz (1) in line avec the bolts, and the véhicule number (4) below it.
- The kit is sold as a Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G, because of the 75 mm Stu.K. L/48 gun supplied avec it. The 105 mm Stu.H. L/28 is an alternate part, giving the modéliste two variants in one kit. Sturmgeschütz batteries fielded six StuGs early in the war, et they were officially increased to 10 véhicules in late 1942, three of which could be StuH 42.
- The rear wall of the crew compartment (91) has two antenna attachment points. One ou both should be drilled open, et equipped avec an antenna made from bristle.
- Compatible avec Hasegawa, Italeri, Revell, et CDC.
- The machine gun barrel is not well detailed at all, it detracts from the quality of the kit. In addition, the machine gun is much too long, it scales out to 1400 mm, compared to 1230 mm for the original. A much more realistic weapon can be scrounged from ESCI’s kit of the Sd.Kfz. 251 Schützen-Panzerwagen, ou any of its variants. La mitrailleuse arrière du véhicule de transport de troupes is the squad automatic weapon, et it would be dismounted whenever the infantry exited the véhicule. If this machine gun is used to upgrade the Sturmhaubitze, the ammunition drums should be left off, et the folded bipod needs to be removed.
- The bolts et nuts holding the armour plate in place are clearly visible. Unfortunately, they are not six-sided nuts, but round-headed et slotted screws.
- The manual shows three jerrycans standing upright on the rear engine deck. There is no rack holding the cans in position, they will fall off as soon as the véhicule starts to move. There are several ways to fix this problem: Leave the cans off, construct a rack from narrow strips of paper ou plastic card, ou create a diorama around a stationary véhicule about to be refueled. In the latter case, hatches would be open, et crew members would be seen handling the jerrycans.
- The crew figurine has a large mould ejection mark on his lower back, damaging his belt. The hole can be fixed avec some putty. The pose would have been nice, the man is holding a pair of binoculars in front of his chest. Unfortunately, this is impossible to reproduce using the injection moulding process, where undercutting is not feasible. As a result, the area between the figurine’s chest et the binoculars is completely filled in, et devoid of detail. The binoculars appear to be over 200 mm deep et there are no eyepieces on them. It may be possible to save the figurine by adding eyepieces, et carving away some of the excess material in front of his chest. We have not seen the Sturmgeschütz crew produced by Milicast, but they might be an alternative in this case, even if they are 1/76 scale.
- The assembly instructions do not show it, but part No. 19 is a track link holder. Spare track links can be inserted into it later. This part has two prominent mould ejection marks which should be scraped off ou sanded.
- Parts No. 91 et No. 20 constitute assembly J, which is later referred to as assembly K.
- Mould ejection marks on the inside of the track skirts (89 et 92), on the jack (21), rear panel (90), et rear compartment wall (91) will be visible on the painted model, they need to be filled et sanded prior to assembly.
- Le frein de bouche is closed, it should to be drilled open for added realism.
- Armée Allemande, Novembre 1942 – Mai 1945
- Armée Roumaine, 1943–1945
- Armée Finlandaise, 1943–1959
30 StuG III Ausf. G were bought en 1943, et another 29 en 1944. It is not known how many of them were converted to StuH 42.
Possibilités de Conversions
- StuG. III Ausf. F avec 75 mm Stu.K. L/43, Juin 1942 – Mai 1945
- StuG. III Ausf. G avec 75 mm Stu.K. L/48, Juin 1942 – Mai 1945
Sturmhaubitze 42 was an important close support véhicule assigned to infantry divisions, providing direct HE fire against entrenched, et fortified enemy positions. The véhicule operated in mixed batteries alongside the StuG III Ausf. G, later designated StuG 40. Either véhicule can be built from this kit. With its large barrel, et track skirts attached, the StuH 42 looks very impressive. The véhicule offers enough unobstructed surface area for an attractive camouflage scheme. Joueurs de Guerre will want a mixed StuG battery, plus one ou two late war StuG 40 tank destroyer platoons.
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