Kit Preview : 1/76 Ostmodels Marder III Ausf. M

About the manufacturer
Ostmodels in Tasmania has an extensive range of 1/76 vehicles overlooked by mainstream manufacturers. I don't know if Ankef Fuglsang, the owner is still active at eh moment of writing (12/07). There is a catalog online at Henk of Holland's web site (Henk crafted several masters for Ostmodels).

Click here for catalog.

About the vehicle
Here is the Wikipedia on the vehicle.

About the kit

Now we have a problem. It is clear that one of the two Marder III M kits is the wrong size. The consensus, obtained by comparison of track length of all my 38 (t) chassis-based vehicles and matching to a 1/76 Bradford drawing, is that for once MMS has got it wrong. The MMS Marder is underscale by 1/2 cm in length. As you can see it is obvious. It is a pity as it is more detailed. I wonder if combining the MMS gun and hull interior witht the Ostmodels hull will work.