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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Marder







Here are some images of Tamiya's 1/35 scale Marder (IVF). From Wikipedia "

The Marder (German for "marten") is a German infantry fighting vehicle operated by the German Army as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere (mechanized infantry) from the 1970s through the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany's armoured fighting vehicle industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle design. While it does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. Its successor, the Puma, is under development.

Around 2,100 were taken into service by the German Army in the early 1970s, but the vehicle in its German variant was not sold to any foreign militaries. As the German Army began to retire older vehicles, the Chilean government agreed to acquire 200 Marders; the government of Greece was negotiating for the purchase of 500 retired vehicles, but abandoned this in 2007 choosing to acquire Russian BMP-3s. Argentina uses a simplified and locally produced variant, the VCTP, and has a number of vehicles based on that platform constructed by Henschel and built by TAMSE.

9 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

nice looking and a nice paint job...

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat- It's not bad for a 70's kit.

Arkonbey said...

I built one of those in 1988 (Not very well, min do. It was painted with a brush while I was serving on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Fir. I still have the figures, but the model itself is gone).

What bugs me now is that Tamiya provided that nice engine, but the inside of the hood was just flat. Awful!

Anonymous said...

Geez! That's a dam fine paint job. You got the colors and texture of the camo exactly right.

Dave

Warren Zoell said...

Arkonbey- I agree, they had plenty of room to make the interior. They did it with the M 113. It's not as though it was classified.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave.

Warren Zoell said...

I would like to point out that this is my 400th post.

Pat Tillett said...

Congratulations on your 400th post! That's a lot!!!

Warren Zoell said...

I guess it is isn't it?