Bronco 1/35 Marder IID
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Separate track links and p.e. fret|
During the very first days of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Germans were shocked to encounter Soviet T-34 medium tanks and KV heavy tanks. Although the Wehrmacht succeeded in most operations due to superior tactics, morale, and supply, it had few anti-tank weapons capable of successfully engaging these vehicles at normal ranges. An urgent need arose for a more mobile and powerful anti-tank weapon than the existing towed anti-tank guns or tank destroyers like the Panzerjäger I.
Among a series of solutions, it was decided to use light tanks like the Panzer II and captured vehicles like the Lorraine Schlepper as the basis for makeshift tank destroyers. The result was the Marder series, which were armed with either the new 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank guns or captured Soviet 7.62 cm F-22 Model 1936 field guns, large numbers of which had been acquired early in the war.
The Marder II came in two major versions. The first version Marder II (Sd.Kfz. 132) was based on the light Panzer II Ausf. D/E and Flammpanzer II chassis with Christie suspension. It was armed with captured Soviet 7.62 cm guns, re-chambered to accept German 7.5 cm Pak 40 ammunition, which improved its penetrative capabilities. These early Marder IIs had a very high silhouette (2.60 m high), thin armor of only 30 mm (front) and 10 to 15 mm (sides). There was no armour on the top or rear, leaving the crew with very little protection. Alkett and Wegmann produced 201 Marder II (Sd. Kfz. 132) from early 1942 to early 1943. This kit is of this early version with the captured Soviet guns.
There are a total of nine different painting options which run the gamut from overall panzer grey to tan with green and brown splotches of various designs. The options include the Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutchland' in 1943, several unknown units, Panzerjaeger ersatz-und Ausbindungseinheit, LAH Division in France during 1942, Wiking in September 1943, 16th Infantry Division, and H.Pz.Jg ABT 611 also in Russia. The decal sheet is nicely printed and provides those few markings that are needed for the option of your choice.
This adds another superbly detailed military vehicle to the Bronco catalogue. It will not be a quick build, but the engineering is very good and the end result will be a very impressive vehicle to add to your collection.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marder_II March 2013 Thanks to www.dragonmodelsusa.com for the preview kit. You can find this kit at your favorite hobby shop or on-line retailer.
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