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Old 01-21-2012, 09:59 AM
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Panzerjäger 38(t) mit 7.5 cm PaK 40/3 Ausf.M, Sd.Kfz. 138

Hi all...

Latest project is this Dragon 1:35 Marder III. It is a nice kit with a lot of extra stuff and many optional parts. I did still go for a couple of AM-items: Eduard Marder III fenders along with the Eduard Marder III PE-set as well as an Aber barrel.

As far as I understand, this model was in production in 1943 till early 1944 and used until the end of the war. I'll go for a 1944 Normandy deployment.

Tim - aka WillysJeep - kindly provided a wealth of information on the interior, particularly on the engine and engine bay. This calls for open hatches...

Progress so far is a floor added to the driver's compartment (spares from an old PE-set) and a little light wiring and tubing to add to the coming open driver's hatch. I plan to add similar stuff to the engine.

Hull interior is rust red in the engine compartment and ivory in the driver's ditto with the larger components such as transmission, radiator and fuel tanks green grey. All colours are Vallejo and so far everything is airbrushed.

I did have some problems (or more politically correct management BS: challenges) trying to figure out what colours to use for the interior: what is ivory; when did they stop applying it; was ivory used across the interior where the crew was or only partially; what is green-grey; was it used for all larger components or only some... At the end of the day I settled for this combo...

Should anyone have the authoritative German WW-II AFV interior paint guide, I'm all ears and eyes...

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Old 01-21-2012, 01:06 PM
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Looks nice, Jochen.
Take a look to this pages:

http://www.matadormodels.co.uk/tank_...ww2germany.htm

http://www.panzerworld.net/interiorcolours.html

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Thank you very much for starting your panzer build here on planetarmor.

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Marder III is a cool tank. ill be following your build.

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great start, always loved these little things..... I have one of these partially completed waiting to be finished (i'll get around to it one of these days....) that i did a vbench blog for. there are a number of good interior reference pics posted there of the real thing along with some radio wiring diagrams and other useful information that others have contributed..... worth a look to read some stuff on the same topic if you're interested.


http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5863
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Nice start Jochen.

Panzer Colour information http://byrden.com/panzers/Colours/

The Humbrol colour 115 mentioned in the article has been discontinued for a while now but Vallejo 972 (107) is a very good replacement.

Tim

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Dario, Alex, Flak, Chad, Gary, Tim

Thanks a bunch for comments and references.

Will check references in the coming days: nothing quite like references - really most helpful...

Have been busy with the engine: trying to replicate the six spark plugs and wiring... not easy. If result is okay, I hope to have progress pictures over the coming weekend. If not, this baby will have its engine bay hatches shut...

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Hi all

Have been busy with engine bay and driver's compartment, not the least thanks to excellent inspiration and references from Tim and Chad.

The engine in particular proved something of a challenge: however, based on a schematic drawing from "The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) and 38(t)" by Spielberger & Doyle as shown below, it would appear reasonable that the engine in the Marder III was an in-line, six-cylinder, petrol engine. That was crucial in terms of wiring and spark plugs.

I had very good inspiration from excellent pictures of the engine bay provided by Tim... thanks again, mate. The last picture of the engine bay is with the radiator installed and the battery connected.

The exhaust pipe is just not long enough... but I hope to fix that later,

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Looking good Jochen, nice work on the interior.

BTW the white balance is off on some of the photos, they are too orange in colour.

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