Panzerjäger 38 füer 7.5cm PaK40/3 (Sd.Kfz.138)
Marder III Ausf.H
1:35 Dragon/Italeri/Tristar Kit comparison
Lower hull tubs
The Dragon Lower Hull tub is in one piece with detail
inside and out with separate front and rear plates
The Tristar lower hull is in separate parts for the floor, sides and rear plate
although the fit is very good
and there was no warping at all on my parts it obviously requires more assembly
than the one piece Dragon hull.
Tristar lower hull assembled easily without any gaps or warping of the
Note that you would not assemble this until after fitting the interior, just
assembled here for the images.
Hull sides showing the straight fender trough on the Dragon hull and the kinked
locating ridges on the Italeri and Tristar hulls.
Despite what Dragon says, to add the kink into
the fenders will require considerable work to re-align the hull side channel.
If you just bend down the outer edges as suggested all you get is deformed
fenders and this is misleading to suggest you
can add the kink
anywhere as it is at the exact same location on all photos showing this.
Image showing the side bolted flange as depicted in the Tristar kit and incorrect
on the other two kits
Note this flange is on the INSIDE once the superstructure sides are attached.
Right hull side vision port which is 2mm too far forward on the Dragon hull.
Note the Panzer Tracts plans are slightly out of position also
when compared to the real photo.
Image below has the Panzer Tracts plan overlayed to show the
correct size and location of the visor
which is again correct on the Tristar kit. Also note the top
row of bolts are lower on the Dragon hull
than indicated by the Panzer Tracts plan and the real photo
but again correct on the Tristar kit.
Red lines line up the hull bolts to ensure the correct proportions of the images.
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