Sd.Kfz. 138 Marder III
German WW II
UM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||UM 343 - Marder III|
||184 parts in light grey
injection moulded plastic on four sprues, 1 PE fret containing
eight parts, decals for six vehicles, 2 double sided A4
instruction sheets with history, parts plan, build diagrams and
paint/decal drawing. |
USD$10.96 online from Squadron
||Long over-due subject,
highly detailed, link and length tracks.|
||Six vehicles on the decal
sheet but only three in instructions, colour scheme on the back
of the box is not included on the decal sheet.|
1/72 scale Marder III is available
online from Squadron.com
This is the third in UM's 1/72 scale series of 38[t] based
vehicles. It is, of course, the Pak 40 armed Marder III Ausf H as
apposed to the better known Ausf M. The Ausf H has the fighting
compartment placed centrally on a basically standard 38[t] chassis
where as the M has the engine moved to the centre and the fighting
compartment moved to the rear like the Wespe, Hornisse and Hummel.
I would guess the reason they produced this one first is that it
required the least changes from the standard 38[t] and I believe UM
is going to do a Bison which is basically an Ausf M with the Pak 40
replaced with a howitzer. It wouldn't be hard for them to then
replace the howitzer with the Pak 40 from this kit and Hey Presto,
an Aust M.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
Three of the four sprues in this kit are straight from the
original 38[t], kit no 380, and the fourth replaces the 38[t]'s
turret. Like the 38[t] and the ammo carrier, kit no 382, the two
track sprues have five parts marked as 'not for use'. Sooner or
later, they are obviously going to do something with a longer track
run. This could be the Bison/ausf M. All the sprues have a small
amount of flash and most parts will require some clean-up. However,
the detail is crisp and plentiful and it should build into a very
pleasing little model strait from the box.
Decals are as you would expect from UM, good register, minimum
carrier film but very matt. Oddly, there are markings for six
vehicles on the decal sheet but only three are mentioned in the
instructions. All three are from the Eastern Front, two in Dark
Yellow and the third marked as Humbrol H34 but nowhere dose it tell
you what that colour is. The most attractive colour scheme is on the
back face of the box. A Dark Yellow vehicle with patches of Olive
Green and marked as Red 322 but again these decals are absent from
the sheet. It looks like a case of the left hand not telling the
right hand what it is doing. It's a good thing I have a reasonable
reference book for this vehicle.
The PE fret is the same as in the other two kits except the
perforated stowage box is placed else-where on this one.
I'm really looking forward to building this kit as it's definitely
the most interesting of the three so far produced.
Again, Highly Recommended.
Squadron for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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