75 mm PaK 40/2 auf Geschützwagen II (Sd.Kfz. 131) Panzerjäger Marder II. En 1942 a large portion of the Pz.Kpfw. II production was shifted from the obsolete role de char de combat en canon antichar autopropulsé. Eventually 75% of the production was allocated for conversion to Panzerjäger, a simple upgrade, mounting le canon antichar de 75 mm PaK 40. A total of 576 véhicules were produced between Juin 1942 et Juin 1943, after which Pz.Kpfw. II chassis were used to produce the Wespe self-propelled field howitzer. A further 75 Panzerjäger were converted from existing Pz.Kpfw. II véhicules. Designated Panzerjäger Marder II, the véhicule served on all major fronts until war’s end. The véhicule shown here has been painted in DAK colours, bearing les marquages de la 21e Panzer Division en Afrique du Nord.
- Marder II Hull, 1/76 US CASTS
- Pz.Kpfw. II Running Gear, 1/76 Matchbox 40081
- Canon Antichar PaK 40/2, 1/76 Fujimi 76023
- Combat Stowage, Crusader Models et RAFM
- Small Parts, 1/76 Nitto Kagaku
- Type: Selbstfahrlafette (self-propelled gun)
- Longueur: 4.62 m chassis, 6.36 m overall
- Largeur: 2.27 m
- Hauteur: 2.20 m
- Poids: 10 800 kg
- Vitesse: 40 km/h
- Armement: 75 mm L.46 PaK 40/2
- Équipage: chef de char, conducteur, tireur, chargeur
- US CASTS produces a complete resin kit of the Marder II, but the author decided to replace as many resin components as possible avec kit parts found in his tank graveyard. The motivation for this kit-bash was to achieve a more attractive model. Resin components are often plagued by air bubbles, et they are more brittle than injection molded parts.
- The wheels et track assembly came from a Wespe self-propelled gun produced by Matchbox – Another Pz.Kpfw. II variant - et adding an additional set of return rollers. Alternatively, the running gear of a Matchbox Pz.Kpfw. II can be used, that véhicule has the correct number of return rollers.
- Fujimi offers a PaK 40 in conjunction avec their Pz.Kpfw. I et Pz.Jäg. I kits, et this was used here. Injection molded kits of the PaK 40 are working models, they elevate, a feature which the resin kit did not offer.
- Several parts were cannibalized from an old Nitto Kagaku Pz.Kpfw. II kit, which is now produced by Fujimi.
- Stowed equipment like tarps et boxes comes from Crusader Models, jerry cans and ammunition boxes are made by RAFM.
- The model could have been detailed even further, adding an antenna, possibly a machinegun mounted on the superstructure, towing cables, et more interior detail.
- Crew figurines are Matchbox.
- Wehrmacht, Mai 1942 – Mai 1945
The parts required for this kit-bash should be readily available, et they will go together very nicely. The Marder II is an open-topped véhicule, offering much scope for interior detailing of the fighting compartment. Crew figurines, personal equipment, open et boxed ammunition, et other supplies will be stored inside or strapped to the véhicule itself.
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