It is Tristar Marder III. I made it in September 2014.
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.
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 all interiors are not seen so much.
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.
Weathering. I felt it overdone too strong. But the fighting vehicle in the mud of the Russian front was dirtier. And another thing, it is an open-top vehicle, and cleaning time is almost nothing if a battle begins.
I watched “Lebanon” which is an Israeli movie before, maybe the subject is a 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.
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 was so small.
Against the above comment, inside weathering was changed moderately in white after all. Though it is hard to look at this photograph, I think it’s better.
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 the magic track of Dragon models but is easy to wind up without the skewness, mold is sharp and good looking.
This sculptor is Mr. Hirano who is a 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 in height so equal to 170cm. I think it’s shorter for a German soldier. If he is a Japanese soldier at this time, the height is matched.
There is a binocular 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 masterpieces even it’s a very old kit.
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 is the base color, but almost all 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”.
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 extinguishers. I made the clutch pedal and driving levers but no sight.
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.