GERMAN TANK DESTROYER MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35

It is Tristar Marder III. I made it in September 2014.

Box package of German tank destroyer Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Now I’m waiting to dry the putty putting into the fighter plane Raiden’s gap between the main wing and body joint, I pick up the next model Marder III Ausf H. It is a masterpiece of Tristar. This manufacturer released many items of good craftsmanship constantly in the past and I would like to support him all the time, but does not seem to release the new product now. There are 38(t) and Mark IV, Mark I type early, these are requested to release for a long time to come, I suppose.
(23-August-2014)

The first step was the box composing of the chassis, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

The first step was the box composing of the chassis and the assembling of the gearbox. It is the start to let me feel the spirit, but too detailed work is tiring. After having made all, almost interiors are not seen so much.

assembling of the gearbox, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

This driver’s sheet and the gearbox are very near. Because a base is light tank 38(t) origin, the internal working space seems to be considerably smaller.

shell rack, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

It was the option which I attached a shell rack or the left seat, I had attached left seat earlier, I didn’t use the rack.

inside of the Marder III

I think even simple painting effects good atmosphere of the internal driver’s compartment. I felt to complete big job even only inside of the tank, it is far from completion.
(23-August-2014)

Assembling of the suspensions, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Assembling of the suspensions and road wheels seemed to be complicated at a glance, but I was getting used when I made one set, and three others were relatively smooth. I had to be careful not to break sprocket wheels. It’s very thin parts.

painted inside of the vehicle, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

I painted inside of the vehicle. Radio and transmission are black, I suppose.

radio and transmission, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Weathering. I felt it overdone too strong. But the fighting vehicle in the mud of Russian front was dirtier. And another thing, it is an open top vehicle, and cleaning time is almost nothing if a battle begins.

weathering of interior, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

I watched “Lebanon” which is Israeli movie before, maybe the subject is tank operation inside the tank of Centurion. Anyway, it was terribly dirty, contaminated by mud and filthy matter on the floor. I don’t know it’s real or fiction, this photo is cleaner than that. I wonder the inside remain the car like museum display, difficult point.
(24-August-2014)

caterpillar tread assembling, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

It is during the caterpillar tread assembling. This process was indicated after attaching a fender in the instruction manual, I decided firstly to wind the caterpillar up where the gap between the fender and guide wheels so small.
Against the above comment, inside weathering was changed moderate in white after all. Though it is hard to look with this photograph, I think it’s better.

natural slack of the caterpillar treads, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

When the natural slack of the caterpillar treads good appears, I am glad. It is hard to cut off all the parts one by one, unlike magic track of Dragon models, but is easy to wind up without the skewness, mold is sharp and good looking.
(26-August-2014)

Box package of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

Before I make the complicated gun structure, I make this Tristar German Self-Propelled Gun Crew Set which I have been stockpiling it. I suppose it’s already out of production.

making of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

The injection plastic color is dark yellow and because of it, the mold looks dull, but not so much, rather I can say it sharp mold.

making of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

This sculptor is Mr. Hirano who is Japanese famous one. I like his figure, natural posing. They are a little smaller than Dragon Models figure that I often make. These Tristar figures are 49mm height so equal to 170cm. I think it’s shorter for a German soldier. If he is the Japanese soldier at this time, the height is matched.

making of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

Only the right guy is smoking at ease, other three is working hard… Maybe this smoking soldier is commander.

making of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

There is binoculars cap on the back of the neck through the strap. I’m not an authority of sculptor, but I would like to say these four figures are masterpiece even it’s a very old kit.
(07-September-2014)

assembling of Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed

The assembling of Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed. Because I use photo-etched parts here and there, careful work is required.

3 large platforms on the rear chassis, Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed

There are 3 large platforms on the rear chassis. It was supported by six photo-etched parts. These strengths are uneasy a little, I adhered them fixed well with adhesive superglue.

cannon parts are from AFV Club, Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed

The cannon parts are from AFV Club. Probably there would be collaborating in Tristar and AFV Club at that time. Injection plastic color is brighter than Tristar original.

Gun module and chassis will be attached after inside painting, Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed

Gun module and chassis will be attached after inside painting.

periscope is made of clear parts, Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed

The periscope is made of clear parts, and an atmosphere of the bulletproof glass is well performed.

handling of the photo-etched parts, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

It takes stress very much for the handling of the photo-etched parts of the small hook on the armor plate…

surfacer, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Blew surfacer lightly.

three-color camouflage, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

I took a three-color camouflage of dark yellow, dark green, the red brown this time. As for the Painting guide, the ratio of these three colors is around 4:3:3 , On the main body and armor, dark yellow was base color, but almost areas are filled with dark green and red brown, I took these characteristic in mind and painted.
By the way, it is an Italian front of the summer of 1944. This vehicle had rolls an active part in defense lines against allied forces such as the “Reinhard line” “Hitler line” “Gustav line” “Kaiser Line”.

painting of German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

Self -Propelled crews are painted in basic colors.
(11-September-2014)

German tank destroyer Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35 build and painting to finish

Marder 3 was developed to counter against the Russian new tank T-34.

carried a 7.5cm antitank gun on the body of a Czech light tank 38(t)

It is the tank destroyer which carried a 7.5cm antitank gun on the body of a Czech light tank 38(t).

marking is the 29th PzGr-Div., Italy, Summer 1944, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Paint and marking is the 29th PzGr-Div., Italy, Summer 1944 on the instruction manual.

Mud is painted on the chassis lightly, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Combat room’s armor and the body was not a good joint correctly, it’s difficult for me. Mud is painted on the chassis lightly.

rear view of Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

I think it’s too much gloss of metal color on the caterpillar and tools. Because the body color was low visibility, I want sharp accent.

gold color of shell's on the rack, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

I like the gold color of shell’s on the rack. I didn’t do weathering on the shell body.

good work of camouflage pattern

I think it’s good work of camouflage pattern, and like the jack stand metal and wood part painting.

assembling the inside, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

After assembling, the inside is dark and almost no visibility, but I lighted the inside efforts with the MagLite. There are two sheets of driver and machine-gunner, behind the sheets, there are shell racks and extinguisher. I made the clutch pedal and driving levers but no sight.

camouflage pattern is like the last stage of WWII

The camouflage pattern is like the last stage of WWII, base color is dark yellow and almost area was painted in red brown and dark green.

caterpillar was a little twisted, mistake

From the front shot, the caterpillar was a little twisted that I felt regrettable mistake. Combination caterpillar parts is good looking from side , well, almost OK…

Periscope was painted in dark green blue and after that I glossed in clear.

Periscope was painted in dark green blue and after that I glossed in clear.

weathering 3D effect on the wheels

Mud has 3D texture, each grain is a little large.

weathering 3D effect on the wheels, Marder III Ausf. H Tristar 1/35

Same as above.

GERMAN TANK DESTROYER MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35

Anti-tank gun crew is carrying shell.

These crew insignia is Waffen-SS.carrying shell, German self-propelled gun crew set Tristar 1/35

These crew insignia is Waffen-SS. One is private and the other is a staff sergeant. We can see the men wearing the garrison cap is also Waffen-SS because of the skull mark on the cap.

Tank crew and self propelled anti-tank crew's shoulder mark color is pink in Germany, Artillery is red.

Tank crew and self propelled anti-tank crew’s shoulder mark color is pink in Germany, Artillery is red. I think this situation is pink.

tank's division mark and the soldier was not matched

Maybe the tank’s division mark and the soldier was not matched.

radio operator's holding chart, German self-propelled gun crew

The radio operator’s holding chart is very realistic.

camouflage pants are interesting, German self-propelled gun crew

Two crews camouflage pants are interesting. The open top vehicle was tough working generally because I should paint the inside.
(20-September-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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