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Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N - Tank No.04 Tunisia 1942 - Tamiya 1/48


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This was my project for the MTO GB. It was a fun kit to build – as most of Tamiya’s 1/48 Armour kits seem to be.

 

Pz.III No.04 was part of the 501st Heavy Panzer Battalion, which was part of the Afrika Korps in North Africa. Following the Allied landing in French North Africa the Battalion, with its 16 Panzer IIIs, arrived in Tunisia between November 1942 and January 1943.

Initially only three Tiger Is of the 501st landed at Tunis on 23 November 1942. These first elements of the battalion, along with four Panzer IIIs, were organized with other units into Kampfgruppe Lueder. They were involved in fighting just over a week later during the Axis counterattack on 1 December, destroying nine US and two British tanks on the first day while relieving German forces.

 

I have done my version as part of a small vignette with the crew using the radio to get their orders. The base was one of my slightly rushed simple ones, using a bit of 4mm MDF and some household filler.

 

Kit: Tamiya 1/48

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Railmatch and Vajello acrylic paints – all applied by brushes

Extras: Lead wire, fuse wire, splatter guard mesh, stretched sprue, styrene strip, plasticard, Redog Models and Tamiya stowage, Tamiya 1/48 figures, 4mm MDF, household filler, Army Painter grass tufts.

 

The WIP can be found HERE

 

The Pz.III on its own against a white background:

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On its base with the figures:

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I also took a set of photos against the desert photo backdrop I have:

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Thank you to everyone who commented and offered advice and encouragement in my build thread. Thank you also to Patrice @TEMPESTMK5 for hosting such an excellent GB. Looking forward to the next one!

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

 

PS. IF YOU LIKE MAKING Pz.IIIs - PLEASE JOIN US IN THE Pz.III STGB WHICH STARTS ON THE 6TH FEBRUARY!

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Another fabulous build. Great detail and weathering illustrated by excellent photography.👍👏

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Hi Stix, and a very good morning to you. You always turn out some crackers, but I think that you've outdone yourself with this one. The paint job is, as usual, superb, but I particularly like the weathering and the way that you've loaded it with stowage. Also of note is the way that you have displayed it. Brilliant! The figures are excellent.

Stay safe.

 

John.

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On 12/01/2021 at 22:17, Stef N. said:

That is fantastic Stix. Real high quality modelling. Nice one.👏

Hi Stef. Hope you are well. Thank you very much for your kind comments! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 13/01/2021 at 05:50, Ernst said:

Superb Stix, the subtlety is just amazing. Another great one .

Cheers,

Ernst.

Hi Ernst. That's very kind of you to say, thank you.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Superb work, painting and weathering is excellent as are the figures.  Some great detail touches too, the stowage carefully tied down, the oil leaks from the front hubs, a simple but really effective base..

Tremendous modelling. 

 

Darryl 

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On 13/01/2021 at 07:40, Homer said:

A beautiful piece of modelling, well done 👏 

Hi Homer and thank you very much. Most kind. 

Kind regards,

Stix

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Another superb build Stix absolutely brilliant mate love it 👏👌👍

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Hi echen. Thank you very much for your comments and I do like your signature in your posts!

Kind regards,

Stix

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16 hours ago, PlaStix said:

I do like your signature in your posts!

Just another way to say a picture paints a thousand words................................................

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Nice job Stix, love it. Like the base too........:yes:

 

I'd love to join the next GB on the Panzer III, but I already have one underway and it's far beyond 25% done. I don't even have a Panzer III chassis AFV in the stash..... and don't have any new kit budget left, as most of the funds are going into new equipment for the foreseeable future.....so maybe the next time.

 

Good job on the Panzer III though mate.....

 

Regards

Simon.

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