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James C (Jim C)

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.L

An out of the box build of:

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.L
1st Company, s.Pz.Abt. 502
Russia - September 1942

Completed July 11th 2021


James C
Having completed the Ausf.N model and enjoying that build, I decided to make the longer barreled Ausf.L my next project. Assembly is completed and is ready to be broken down for final clean up ahead of a coat of primer on everything.

I'm undecded yet if I will paint it as per the box art or do it in a overall grey scheme as Red 02 of the Herman Goering Division.
30 June 2021, 06:18
Jean-Christophe Zeus
Wow, that was fast! That's Tamiya for you: shake-n-bake. And it looks great!
30 June 2021, 06:43
James C
Thanks mate. Excluding the spaced armour on the front of the turret and main gun assembly; it was nearly identical to the later model Ausf.N that I just completed. It's a small vehicle, and very well engineered as you'd expect from Tamiya (and much more reasonably priced)

Probably only about 8 hours max to assemble, so perfect for a rainy weekend 😉👍
30 June 2021, 18:35
Sebastian Meyner
Following 👍
30 June 2021, 18:39
Kim Branders
I am inn.
30 June 2021, 21:13
Rui Da Silva
The 'L' is my favourite variant. Watching!
1 July 2021, 00:27
James C
Thanks guys and welcome aboard 🙂

I got everything primered and base coated in Tamiya XF-60 Dark yellow yesterday.
Today I plan on applying the camo pattern and doing the detail paintwork ahead of a coat of clear gloss. Pics to follow.
1 July 2021, 17:27
James C
A little update with paintwork completed and decals applied.
Once they have set and dried properly, I'll seal them under another clear coat then make a start on the weathering process.
2 July 2021, 22:25
Kim Branders
Nice paintjob James 😉
3 July 2021, 15:32
Guy Rump
Looking good James 👍
3 July 2021, 17:41
Murad ÖZER
squiggles are looking very nice James, i didn't want to say anything but i was hoping you'd go with this camo instead of dunkelgrau. 🙂
3 July 2021, 18:39
James C
Thanks Kim, Guy and Murad 🙂
4 July 2021, 16:24
James C
A little more progress made.
I got asked how I deal with the tracks on another build, so I went into a little more detail on how I go about it, and what products I use etc with this build album.

Not far off from completion now 🙂
10 July 2021, 18:02
Bruce Huxtable
Learning lots - many thanks for sharing ?
10 July 2021, 19:05
James C
NP Bruce 🙂

I had a mishap with the pictures I took of applying sag to the tracks being out of focus, and I hadn't transferred them to the PC before moving on with the build unfortunately and didn't realize until this last album update. But, it was the same procedure as I used on the prev Panzer III N build if anyone is curious about what I did etc. (refer link below)

Anyway, I finished it off a little while ago, but its a bit overcast outside at present to take pictures of the finished build, so will save my final comments until the weather clears up a bit.

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.N | Album by Jim C (1:35)
10 July 2021, 23:48
James C
The sun finally came out long enough this afternoon to get some quick outdoor shots.

Having now built two of these Tamiya Panzer III kits, I feel that this particular boxing is better than their more recent release of the Ausf.N version based purely on the overall cost. Both kits are a joy to assemble and present few if any traps to fall into. However with the Ausf.N version that I built previously (which includes a metal barrel for the short 7.5cm main gun and photo etch engine grills) the price of the kit was increased approx $25 - $30 which to me is just absurd.
An aftermarket barrel and photo etch grills can be obtained for far less than that, if only being an inconvenience in having to do so.

In short, a great kit to build that's well worth a look if you don't have it already.

Cheers for following 🙂👍
11 July 2021, 02:53
Another excellent panzer!
11 July 2021, 03:02
Kim Branders
Very nice end result and wheathering James. ?
11 July 2021, 05:45
Very nice job, James. 👍
11 July 2021, 06:39
Guy Rump
Great result James, love the last few photos 👍
11 July 2021, 07:20
Rui S
Another beauty and even better a OOB 👍. Very Nice & well done III collection
11 July 2021, 11:17
Murad ÖZER
Superb, all 3 of them actually.
once again i like the dirt and mud very much and ty for the step by step in the captions re those. 👍👍👍
11 July 2021, 12:04
James C
Many thanks John, Kim< WhiteG, Guy, Rui and Murad. Cheers guys! 🙂
11 July 2021, 15:59
Alex Rodionov
Very nice the model and the collection. ?
Paint job and weathering is fine.
11 July 2021, 18:31
James C
Thanks Alex 🙂
11 July 2021, 23:03
James C
Youtube Video


Youtube Video

11 July 2021, 23:07
Lode Schildermans
James, having had some problems with SCM (posts from mates), I missed a lot these past months. I always liked the panzer III, and this one is why. Congrats with the result
14 July 2021, 04:57
This looks bang on James!! Will definitely be following your example when i get to painting mine. 🙂 A question if i may, looking at how you "wedged" the top of the tracks, does the track sag itself with the wedges in place or does it need encouragement with a thicker wedge to get it to set correctly? It has been suggested that tissue paper is a good way to go?
15 July 2021, 12:02
Great job James (as always 😉 )
15 July 2021, 12:34
Michael Osadciw
Yeah, that is a great kit. Excellent painting!
15 July 2021, 17:46
James C
Thanks guys 🙂

@ Deltic - The wedges just help the tracks sag over the upper rollers, drive and idler wheels. The tracks themselves are made of a material that can be glued so I just literally glued them into position where the track and wheels made contact. The wedges help obtain the shape etc.
15 July 2021, 21:33
Michael Osadciw
I'll have to try that Vallejo mud stuff out; I really like the way it looked.
15 July 2021, 23:24
Slavo Hazucha
Aah, so you have been building a little Panzer division - nice job on all of them - I'll probably call the IIIN my favorite (close call with the IIIL). Nice job on all of them, picking up the highlights of the respective camo's! And you really are a track expert, they look excellent on all your models 👍
11 August 2021, 07:57
James C
Hehe yeah, I had considered doing the Panther and Tiger 1 next but settled on the M4 instead. Cheers mate 😉
11 August 2021, 18:46
DJ Fajardo
Well done! 👍 I found your build comments helpful!
23 August 2021, 18:12
Very nice.
23 August 2021, 21:22
James C
Thanks DJ & Rewop 🙂
28 August 2021, 18:27
Chan Li
an inspiring work
22 November 2021, 02:04
James C
Thanks Chan 🙂
23 November 2021, 01:56
John Ballman
Well done thanks for sharing.
23 November 2021, 06:30
James C
Thanks John 🙂
23 November 2021, 09:11
Andy Heim
Very nice model and very good shading, the details are excellent!
And a perfect weathering.
12 December 2021, 17:44
Guy Rump
Great result James 👍
12 December 2021, 18:26
James C
Thanks Andy & Guy - I'm surprised (pleasantly so) to see this one still being commented on 🙂
12 December 2021, 18:34


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