The Marder family of self-propelled guns took advantage of obsolete tank
chassis to create effective tank hunters by fitting the basic vehicle with
an open fighting compartment and either 75mm German or 76.2mm Soviet
With a wide availability of kits and interesting differences between
variants, not to mention the usual array of fascinating colour schemes, the
Marder family is certainly a worthy modelling subject.
Australian modeller Sam Dwyer has put together an impressive package of modelling material for this newest title in the Osprey Modelling series.
Sam kicks off with a few paragraphs of history and a description of
tools required for the forthcoming projects.
The next chapters cover the following projects in detail:
Ironside's 1/35 scale Marder I, based on
the French Lorraine chassis
Alan Hobbies' 1/35 scale Marder II Ausf.
Tamiya's 1/35 scale Marder III Ausf. H
Tamiya's 1/35 scale Marder III Ausf. M
Italeri's old 1/35 scale Marder III Ausf.
The model builds are very well documented in photos and text, with
helpful captions adding even more value. Sam demonstrates scratchbuilding,
kitbashing, detailing, painting and weathering tehniques that will be useful
not only for Marders, but for any armoured vehicles. The selection,
composition and reproduction of the photos is excellent.
A Gallery follows, with Pat Johnston's Tamiya Marder III Ausf. H and M
kits, and Gary Edmundson's Marder I
The book is rounded out with a list of Museum examples and references,
and a page of colours typically worn by the Marder family.
I enjoyed reading Sam Dwyer's "Modelling the Marder Self-Propelled Gun",
and the book will remain a useful ongoing reference when I eventually build
some of the Marders in my model collection.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
Marder Self-Propelled Gun
(Osprey Modelling 18)
Author: Sam Dwyer
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: July 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768553
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