Plastic Soldier StuG III Ausf. G Assault Guns
Over the last few years there have been several armor kits released which are specifically aimed at the wargame community. Plastic Soldier, Armorfast, and Italeri have all issued kits, usually multiple vehicles in the same boxing. The kits are designed to be easy and quick to assemble, sacrificing detail for speed and durability. I became curious to see just what these kits were all about and whether they could be spruced up into presentable display models.
I really didn’t know what to expect from the Plastic Soldier kits. They are quite robust when put together. There is also a generous array of optional parts which facilitate construction of different variations. While these are not called out in the instructions, modelers with even the most basic of references will have no trouble determining which parts are required to make these. For their target market they will do nicely especially given that there are three to a box.
For a display model they need a bit of work but not a prohibitive amount. The biggest improvement needed is replacing the overly-thick kit Schürzen which has the added benefit of concealing the simplified running gear. These are not the best place to start on a super detailing project for a contest model, but they are not intended to be either. Having said that I may sneak one onto a contest table just to see how it will do.
In the end fun little kits which turned out better than I feared they might. I think they will look right at home in the case!
For those interested, build threads and more finished pictures are here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/?s=plastic+soldier