Plastic Soldier Sturmhaubitze 42 in 1/72 Scale

The Sturmhaubitze 42 was a variant of the Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. F or Ausf. G which replaced the 75 mm anti-tank gun with a 105 mm L/28 howitzer.  The choice of gun options is provided in the Plastic Soldier StuG III kits although this is not explained in the kit instructions.  My StuH 42 also carries Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste made from Mr. Surfacer 500.















ESCI Late Production Hummel in 1/72 Scale

Here is the old ESCI late production Hummel.  This one needs a lot of help, I suffered from Evergreen fever and it’s still not right.  Still, sometimes it’s fun to see what you can do to improve a kit rather than just whine about its faults.  A serious modeler would set this one aside and start with one of the newer molds.  Apparently, ESCI’s team found a Hummel with the gun out of battery in the full recoil position and took their measurements from that, and then added the missing length back on to the end of the barrel to make the overall profile look right.  All the fighting compartment shielding on this kit is too thick.  It was all thinned or replaced.  The curved shield replacement shown here was plunge molded.

Not a good kit.  I rebuilt the gun and the interior, and also thinned the shields on the fighting compartment.  I didn’t replace the single wheels which should be doubles, and the hull should be a bit lower.  I did have fun cutting up the Evergreen to improve the kit, but you’re much better off building the Revell or Dragon kits if you want a good Hummel.  In general I plan on avoiding the old ESCI and Hasegawa armor kits in the future, with only a few exceptions.  The newer kits are just so much more accurate and easier to assemble.  Hard to justify struggling with some of the old kits, even at bargain prices.