German Marder III M Tank Normandy Front

This is the 1/35 Scale German Marder III M Tank Normandy Front Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit from Tamiya.

Tamiya German Marder III M Tank Normandy Front Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 #35364
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Spotlight Review

"Updated kit with new figures and tracks"
iraqiwildman (Jefferson City, MO)
This kit represents the final Marder series of tank destroyer, the model M, that was used in Normandy during the D-Day operations. This version of the Marder was the most produced by the Germans during World War II. Tamiya has taken their kit # 35255 Marder III M from 2002 and added some new parts and figures. Gone are the one-piece rubber band style tracks being replaced with two sprues of link and length tracks. These new tracks make up two sprues that also include new drive sprockets and a dozen 7.5cm rounds to fit into the side ammo bins. A new sprue with four new figures, helmets and headsets is included. The new instruction sheet is in booklet style, not the older Tamiya trifold style. This is nice and helps in referring to different assembly steps - just flips the pages, not the whole sheet. There are 12 pages consisting of 22 steps in the instructions. Along with this is a separate color page showing one Normandy Marder on both sides. This is used for a painting guide and where to place the five decals. Another four-page history booklet is enclosed. The only photo etched part is the perforated muffler cover that comes with a length of brass wire to secure it. The construction begins with assembling the three-piece lower hull, adding the fire wall and then adding the hull top. The instruction recommends taping the hull top on while you glue, but I had no trouble with it fitting correctly while I glued it. The suspension comes next and make sure you get the suspension arms, parts A3 and A4, all level on the ground, since the road wheels will mount on them later. I noticed they wanted to bow out then apply pressure to the mounting point. The road wheels do not have poly caps in them, so they fit a little wobbly on their mounting points. There also is some flash on the front sprocket holders. I did not notice this until after I glued them on, but they should be covered by the drive sprockets. I left the road wheels and tracks off until the end for painting purposes. The tracks are link and length, There is not much clean up except the sprue gates and the links fit together well with a little glue. Next, we move to the fighting compartment assembly. There are quite a few knock out pin marks on the inside of the side walls, but most will be hidden by added details. The few towards the top need to be sanded out. On the grill on the right side, there are rounded mold release pins that need to be cut off the inside of the grills. The exhaust pipe that runs to the rear muffle is installed here, but I left it off until the end. I also had to cut about an inch off for it fit after assembly, but this missing part is hidden anyways. The fighting compartment sides fit great and almost stay on without glue. I wish I would have left parts G50 until after painting, since I keep breaking one and bending the other after assembly. These are the rear tarp mounting polls on the upper rear of the fighting compartment.

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"Tamiya Excellence brings out the Modeler Spirit"
This is an excellent kit. It goes together free of problems. The quality of pieces that build the Marder are very good, and the five figures are sculpted thoughtfully. I usually have problems with link and length track, but I tried extra thin glue and that helped quite a bit. Models like this stir the imagination. Binoculars raised and ammunition at the ready, the crew of the Marder II M look ready to defend the Bocage of Normandy. If you are on the fence on this one, go ahead and pick it up. It is a solid buy, offers good value, and brings out the modeler spirit.

well, I bought one more too have two, one for Germany 1944 front and one for winter theme late 1944.I assembled an earlier version Marder-I dessert theme 1942 Africa. Really like the details but the newer models add very detailed parts and looks nice in a display case.

"really good kit"
its very nice and is new, the figs are well detailed but i did have some fitting issues, but it could have just been human error, good kit non the less

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