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1/35 Marder III Ausf.M Initial Production ~ Smart Kit
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EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195864642
SCALE: 1:35
ANNOUNCED ON: 5/28/2008
ARRIVED ON: 7/2/2008
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Re-Issue in December 2018

Barcode: 0 89195 86464 2
Case Pack: 20
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.8"

Dragon is pleased to announce that it’s re-releasing a 1/35 kit of the Sd.Kfz.138 Marder III Ausf.M tank destroyer. The most notable thing about this 1/35 scale Dragon kit is that it’s exactly the same as when it was launched ten years ago! Yes, it was that good back then that it doesn’t need improvements. More than that, it means the kit still contains goodies such as Magic Tracks and photo-etched metal parts (e.g. the exhaust shield, mudguards).

This kit continues to bulge with fine detail, and the open-topped fighting compartment is crammed with components such as ammo racks and ammunition rounds. Based on intensive research, this kit is carefully configured as an Initial Production vehicle and it even offers the option of showing the engine compartment open. The Marder III Ausf.M Initial Production hasn’t been reproduced since it appeared all those years ago, so demand will be high for this small but potent tank destroyer.

New Features

Fighting Compartment:
- Injection armor plates in "Ultra Slim" thickness
- Roof of fighting compartment comes with/different bolt details
- Full interior detail for fighting compartment Shell racks finely made
- Option of showing ammunition rounds in rack
- Periscope made from clear parts
- Handrail accurated reproduced
- Detailed radio unit
- Weather tarp suuport with the fine detail reproduced

- Workable breech
- Gun travel lock reproduced w/crisp detail
- New gun shield and recoil guards for PaK40 that traverses and elevates
- Gun shield is produced by 3-directional slide molds

Upper Hull:
- Delicate detailed lower mount for PaK 40/3
- Perforated storage box finely made from individual parts
- Upper hull rendered with delicate detail
- Engine deck cover can be assembled open/closed

Lower Hull, Suspension & Wheels:
- New mud flap represented by photo-etched parts
- Slide-molded one-piece chassis with delicate details
- The mud flap and rear panel can be assembled optional
- New external exhaust pipe w/photo-etched exhasut cover
- Engine compartment rear panel is sharply detailed
- Lower-hull frontal armor has crisp detail
- Engine exhibits delicate details thanks to separate parts
- Two optional types of sprocket
- Sprocket and idler wheels accurately tooled
- Road wheels and suspension with crisp detail

- Bonus perforated storage box made from photo-etched parts
- Two types of plastic ammunition shell cases, ammo
- bes and cases with decal marking
- Magic tracks w/casting-number details embossed on every link
- New Cartograf decal

Almost as soon as WWII began, Germany began to realize it had a weakness in the penetration power of its tank guns. This truth was forcefully rammed home when panzers began facing well-armored Russian tanks like the T-34 and KV-1. There was an urgent need for mobile antitank weapons, and one solution was the Marder III Ausf.M based on the chassis of the Czech-designed Panzer 38(t). (Note, the “M” in Ausf.M stands for Mittelmotor, referring to the mid-engine layout). This tank destroyer mounted a 75mm PaK 40/3 L/46 antitank gun set well back on the hull. The Marder III Ausf.M was the most widely produced Marder variant, with 975 vehicles built from April 1943 to May 1944. Marders fought in all theaters, and some 350 Ausf.M were still in service in February 1945.

Dragon will release a fine 1/35 scale rendition of a Marder III Ausf.M Initial Production vehicle. No detail has been spared on this kit, and it is bulging and rippling with fine detail. The open-topped fighting compartment is crammed with components such as ammo racks and rounds that will allow modelers to really go to town. Using Dragon’s proprietary “Ultra Slim” molding technique, the edges of the armor plates in this fighting compartment are produced to an extremely realistic thickness. This attractive vehicle makes widespread use of slide-molded plastic parts (e.g. a one-piece lower hull) to squeeze every last drop of detail from the available technology. There is also a liberal supply of photo-etched elements (e.g. exhaust shield, mudguards) to give that extra degree of finesse that modelers crave. Based on intensive research, this kit is carefully configured as an Initial Production vehicle and offers many convenient elements such as Magic Tracks, and the option of showing the engine compartment open or closed. As a Smart Kit, this new item will give great pleasure to model connoisseurs!