Here is my LDD model of the German StuG III, Ausf. G assault gun, or also known as a tank destroyer. It is built to minifig scale.
About this creation
The StuG III was an assault gun used by the Wehrmacht from 1940-1945.
The StuG III was the most produced armoured fighting vehicle during WWII, with over 10,000 being built in total.
The StuG III was built on the chassis of the Panzer III tank. I went through a few iterations for the suspension before I found a solution that fit into the small space.
The StuG III, Ausf G was the most common of the variants. Close to 8,500 Ausf G variants were built.
Pesky Allies keep shooting the tracks off!
The StuG III used a Maybach V-12 gasoline engine with a six-speed transmission, which was good for 296 hp and a top speed of 40 kph.
The StuG III used a combination of 50mm and 30mm plates for frontal armour. After 1943, a single 80mm armour plate was used instead.
The StuG III, Ausf G used a 75mm StuK 40 L/48 main gun. It could penetrate 64mm of steel armour at 2,000m.
Towards the end of the war, many Panzer III tanks were converted to StuG IIIs since the assault guns were cheaper to manufacture and better served Germany's increasing defensive strategy.
The model was complicated to build because I wanted to get the chassis angles as accurate as possible. I also wanted to maintain a lower profile as well. You can see the complicated angles of the frontal armour, which called for some tricky building solutions.
The colour scheme reflects those assault guns used on the Eastern Front. I used two different tones of bricks and plates for the upper and lower parts of the vehicle to get a worn-out look.
Here you can see a detail of the suspension system for the road wheels. Its not an accurate representation of the real set-up but this configuration works within the confines of the tracks I used.
My revised Tiger I and StuG III on the steppes, looking for trouble... Thanks to Wikipedia for the information and specifications.
Quoting Florida Shoooter
Another well built tank. :) Like the colors you chose. Nice work with the suspension.
Thanks for your comments. I've been meaning to finish this model for a while. It was never quite right (always a bit too tall) but I managed to get it down to a reasonable scale while maintaining the proportions.