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Captain Pete12 Mar 2021 9:13 p.m. PST

Here are a few pictures of some GHQ StuG IIIGs and a couple of StuH 42s I painted a while back.

Bandolier12 Mar 2021 11:05 p.m. PST

Nice work

Thresher0113 Mar 2021 12:39 a.m. PST

Nice looking vehicles, very well painted.

The Stug III was one of my first GHQ minis packs, opposed by a pack of 75mm Shermans. They've significantly improved the minis from the ones first released by them 45+ years ago.

I remember when they didn't have ones with skirts, and I fashioned a set from brass sheet with a lot of work. Probably should have gone with thin sheet plastic instead, but not sure that was easily available back in the day.

14Bore13 Mar 2021 2:20 a.m. PST


martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 3:24 a.m. PST

Your paint work is just right Pete. I like the colours you used.
Added to which , those GHQ models are brilliant!


Fred Mills13 Mar 2021 4:40 a.m. PST

Fine work indeed, right down to the stowage. Wheel rubber alone was a conquest. Very nicely done!

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 4:50 a.m. PST

Looks great! The StuG III is probably my favorite AFV and I don't know why.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 5:12 a.m. PST

They look great.

Colonel Chabert13 Mar 2021 7:55 a.m. PST

Fabulous painting once again. Did you use Humbrols on these too?

Captain Pete13 Mar 2021 8:20 a.m. PST

Thanks very much to all of you!

Colonel Chabert – I use Humbrol paints on all my vehicles and infantry. I guess I am just an old dinosaur stuck in his ways but I like the paint.

Colonel Chabert14 Mar 2021 5:53 a.m. PST

I used to use Humbrol as well and they used to be fantastic paints, much better than acrylics, but I found that, starting about 15 years ago I think, the quality has deteriorated dramatically. All the Humbrols I've bought in recent years have been impossible to mix properly, have hopeless coverage and dry out in the tins. I've switched to acrylics now, mostly Vallejo. I don't really like them but the Humbrol alternative seems to me to be unworkable.
I've been told that the problem is that Humbrol have had to change the composition of their paints to meet Health and Safety regulations, taking out whatever it was that helped the pigment mix with the solvent.
Have you experienced these issues or have you found a way to overcome them? I'd go back to Humbrols at the drop of a hat if I knew of a way of getting them to work like they used to.

BattlerBritain14 Mar 2021 7:09 a.m. PST

Yeah I've had the same problems with Humbrol.

It seemed to be with some of the new RLM colours. The consistency seemed to be that of 'snot'?

I had no real choice but to persevere and after buying quite a few tins of the same colour found that after a lot of mixing and trying to use them they finally started to become usable.

I think they need to oxidise a lot more.

So all I can say is try some of the latest issue and see how you get on.
Mix them a lot, try them and give the paint a long time to dry as well as leave the tin open a while to aerate.

Hope this helps,


Colonel Chabert15 Mar 2021 3:33 a.m. PST

Hi BB,

Thanks for the reply. Maybe I'll give them another try.

And apologies to Capt Pete for hijacking his thread!

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 9:12 a.m. PST

They look great! Better than mine.


Valderian15 Mar 2021 9:32 a.m. PST

Very good!

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Very nice.

Captain Pete15 Mar 2021 4:43 p.m. PST

Thank you all again!

Colonel Chabert, no worries about highjacking the thread. The replies were to a question you had to me.

I thought the old Humbrol was a bit better than the current Humbrol paints they are making now. The paint seems to dry out a bit faster in the tins when opened but usually just the top layer. I am still happy overall and still think they are good paints but did take notice. The problem with them is probably as you described about the Health and Safety requirements.

I often mix up Humbrols in jars for spraying on my models. In the old days, they would last for years and just require some remixing and maybe a bit of thinner to use. Now, I am lucky to have a jar of spray mix last for a month or two without hardening up.

When I was painting for GHQ, I had a 14 year old jar of Humbrol paint mixed for spray painting. With a bit of mixing, it worked great. I can't do that with their newer paint.

blank frank04 Jun 2021 1:51 p.m. PST

>I've been told that the problem is that Humbrol have had to change the composition of their paints to meet Health and Safety regulations, taking out whatever it was that helped the pigment mix with the solvent.

And I thought it was my poor lifestyle choices which had caused my health problems not all those Airfix models I painted up in the 60's and 70's

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 10:22 p.m. PST

Handsome collection, always look the business deos a stug.
Terrific paint jobs, colours look spot on.

Re Humbrol had similar problems sometimes. Use Revell/Tamiya options when available and recently came to the conclusion it was more about the Humbrol Thinners, recently switched to Revell thinners for mixing Humbrols and that, so far seems to improve things. Not done enough painting to be conclusive yet.

Captain Pete06 Jun 2021 6:22 a.m. PST

Thanks very much, Leon! I appreciate it and enjoy seeing your excellent models on TMP.

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