MARDER III Ausf H GERMAN TANK DESTROYER TRISTAR 1/35

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

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 BOX PACKAGENow 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)

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThe 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThis 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGIt 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGI think even simply painting effects good atmosphere of the internal driver’s compartment. I felt to complete a big job even only inside of the tank, it is far from completion.
(23-August-2014)

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGAssembling 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTING INTERIORI painted inside of the vehicle. Radio and transmission are black, I suppose.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTING INTERIORWeathering. 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTING INTERIORI watched “Lebanon” which is an 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 remains the car like museum display, difficult point.
(24-August-2014)

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGIt 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 moderately in white after all. Though it is hard to look with this photograph, I think it’s better.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGWhen 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)

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 BOX PACKAGEBefore 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.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThe 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.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThis 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.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGOnly the right guy is smoking at ease, the other three is working hard… Maybe this smoking soldier is a commander.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThere are 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)

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThe assembling of Marder 3 Ausf. H was completed. Because I use photo-etched parts here and there, careful work is required.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThere 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThe 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 the Tristar original.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGGun module and chassis will be attached after inside painting.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGThe periscope is made of clear parts, and an atmosphere of the bulletproof glass is well performed.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 MAKINGIt takes stress very much for the handling of the photo-etched parts of the small hook on the armor plate…

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTINGBlew surfacer lightly.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTINGI 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 as the base color, but almost areas are filled with dark green and red-brown, I took these characteristics in mind and painted.
By the way, it is an Italian front of the summer of 1944. This vehicle had rolled an active part in defense lines against allied forces such as the “Reinhard line” “Hitler line” “Gustav line” “Kaiser Line”.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 PAINTINGSelf -Propelled crews are painted in basic colors.
(11-September-2014)

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKMarder 3 was developed to counter against the Russian new tank T-34.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is the tank destroyer which carried a 7.5cm antitank gun on the body of a Czech light tank 38(t).

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKPaint and marking are the 29th PzGr-Div., Italy, Summer 1944 on the instruction manual.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKCombat room’s armor and the body was not a good joint correctly, it’s difficult for me. Mud is painted on the chassis lightly.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKI think it’s too much gloss of metal color on the caterpillar and tools. Because the body color was low visibility, I want a sharp accent.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKI like the gold color of the shells on the rack. I didn’t do weathering on the shell body.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKI think it’s good to work of camouflage pattern, and like the jack stand metal and wood part painting.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKAfter 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.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe camouflage pattern is like the last stage of WWII, the base color is dark yellow and almost area was painted in red-brown and dark green.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKFrom the front shot, the caterpillar was a little twisted that I felt regrettable mistake. Combination caterpillar parts are good looking from the side, well, almost OK…

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKPeriscope was painted in dark green blue and after that, I glossed in clear.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKMud has 3D texture, each grain is a little large.

MARDER III Ausf H TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKSame as above.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe anti-tank gun crew is carrying shell.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKGERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKThese 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.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKTank crew and self-propelled anti-tank crew’s shoulder mark color is pink in Germany, Artillery is red. I think this situation is pink.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKMaybe the tank’s division mark and the soldier was not matched.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe radio operator’s holding chart is very realistic.

GERMAN SELF-PROPELLED GUN CREW TRISTAR 1/35 FINISHED WORKTwo crews camouflage pants are interesting. The open-top vehicle was tough working generally because I should paint the inside.
(20-September-2014)

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