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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 06:28 AM UTC
Announced by Tristar several years back, we may finally get to see this kit released under the Hobby Boss brand.
The Marder III Ausf. M was the last variant of this tank hunter series. It differed from previous versions by featuring a lower silhouette, sloped armor, and a fighting compartment that afforded better protection to the crew given the space created after the engine compartment was moved to the center of the hull. The Marder III Ausf. M was armed with a 75mm PaK 40 anti-tank gun, and was able to carry 27 rounds of ammunition. It is estimated that more than 900 examples of this variant were built.

Hobby Boss Marder III Ausf.M Tank Destroyer Sd.Kfz.138, Late (80168) is a 1/35 plastic kit containing more than 500 parts. The kit features a multi-slide molded lower hull and turret, individual track links, photo-etched details, and a metal gun barrel. As built, this Marder III variant stands at 148.2mm long and 61mm wide.

Background information on the vehicle sourced from TankNutDave.com and Wikipedia.
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So, do you know if there is any motor or driver's interior included? The sprue pics suggest not - providing all the kit sprues are pictured... There is a complete drive-train and driver's compartment included in the Tristar (and Hobby Boss rebox) 2cm FlaK 38 flakpanzer 38(t) ausf M kit - and that is, other then the gun and gun-compartment, the same vehicle and configuration.
MAY 19, 2017 - 08:58 AM
Is this one better than the Dragon Marder III M?
MAY 19, 2017 - 10:07 AM
With metal Barrel and single link tracks I will take one anyway. If there's no drivetrain/engine I have to use something leftover from other kits ...
MAY 19, 2017 - 12:37 PM
No idea at this point Bob. But I guess we can always hope they'd throw it in
MAY 19, 2017 - 02:56 PM
James; I cannot say for sure whether it will be better than the great Dragon kit(s) of the Marder-3, but Hobby Boss is re-boxing and using Tristar kits and molds for other related 38(t) subjects (Tristar never managed to get their Marder-3 completed and out, so...), and the Tristar 38(t) - now HB - family had lots of great stuff. The Tristar 38(t) interior stuff was in several ways better than the corresponding Dragon goods, and the link tracks, while not pre-clipped "Magic Tracks" as in Dragon kits, are very nicely done. I've built both brands and liked those Tristar links a lot. It is probably safe to say that there will be some stuff better and some the same, and perhaps some few things not quite as nice as Dragon's stuff! Tristar radios and some compartment fittings look better than do Dragon's bits and Tristar's gun is quite nicely done (presuming that HB is using the extant gun from Tristar's Marder-III- H kit... A metal barrel could be a great inclusion. We'll have to see! Bob
MAY 19, 2017 - 09:27 PM
Gee this looked familiar...wonder how it'll compare with the Dragon kits in the stash...I liked Tristar's other offerings so this one should be good.
MAY 22, 2017 - 10:09 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.

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