the summer of 1941, Germany's invasion of Russia was unfolding
favorably for the Wehrmacht. However, German authorities began to notice
the inferiority of their tanks and anti-tank weaponry to those of the
Soviet army, such as the T34. To cope with this disparity they decided
to: improve the Pz.Kpfw.III and Pz.Kpfw.IV tanks; develop new tanks; and
increase production of the 7.5cm anti-tank cannon. Finally, as an
interim solution, it was decided to improved captured Russian 7.62cm
anti-tank cannons and deploy them for Wehrmacht use. These fearsome
cannons could penetrate 83mm armor plating at a range of 1000m, but
after improvement, could penetrate up to 122mm, and were renamed 7.62cm
Pak36(r) gun. Until the new tanks were ready for deployment, 7.62cm
Pak36(r) guns were to be mounted on the chassis of obsolete Pz.Kpfw.II
and Pz.Kpfw.38(t) tanks for the creation of a stopgap tank hunter. The
38(t) tanks were based on the LtVz.38 tank, which was developed for use
by the Czech company CKD (later BMM) for the Czech army in 1938. In
1939, with the annexation of Czechoslovakia, this tank went into
production for the Wehrmacht. The base this Czech-made tank was combined
with the Soviet 7.62cm Pak36(r) gun, resulting in the creation the
Wehrmacht's fearsome tank hunter, the Marder III Sd.Kfz.139. The turret
base of the Pk.Kpfw.38(t) was removed and a 16mm steel plate was
attached in its place. The Soviet 7.62cm Pak36(r) gun was mounted on
that plate, 11mm armor plating installed to the front and sides, and
massive stirrups immobilized the gun.
German Tank Destroyer Marder III Features
1/35 scale plastic assembly model kit based on the German Tank Destroyer Marder III.
Overall length: 174mm
Each detail of this fascinating fighting machine has been accurately reproduced for total modeling satisfaction.
All the details of the fighting compartment (main gun plate,
gun supports, ammunition rack, etc.) have been precisely recreated.
Protective armor and sighting equipment moves with raising and lowering of main gun.
Crew seats and large clamp for main gun can be modeled in the fighting or moving positions.
Two crew figures are included in set. Five kinds of battlefield markings are included.
Real Construction of Marder III Captured in Parts
base this Czech-made tank was combined with the Soviet 7.62cm Pak36(r),
resulting a fighting vehicle of considerable height. The base this
model does not incorporate slide-molding techniques, but requires a
fascinating assembly from several parts, offering the modeler with a
truly pleasurable 1/35 scale construction
Cleverly Arranged Runners
the chassis runner is divided by panels, assembly of the Pk.Kpfw.38(t)
tank base offers a deep understanding of the actual construction. Learn
all the intricacies of the real Marder III through assembly of this
precise scale model!
part of Tamiya's Marder III has been recreated with stunning attention
to detail. The ammunition rack and basket, slanted armor plating,
leaf-spring suspension, large road wheels-no details have been left out!
Soviet 7.62cm Pak36(r)
simple construction of this modified Soviet gun is beautifully
illustrated on Tamiya's Marder III. No details of the fighting
compartment have been overlooked. Also, the sighting equipment and front
armor plate can be raised or lowered, even after assembly.