Panzerjäger 38 füer 7.5cm PaK40/3 (Sd.Kfz.138)
Marder III Ausf.H
1:35 Dragon/Italeri/Tristar Kit comparison
Front hull plate, Glacis and rear hull plate
Note the Dragon tow hook plates are too tall with a rounded top profile as
well as the bolts being too high,
this is again due to using the Ausf.G parts
here and not the correct profile Marder H parts
The Italeri and Tristar kits have this correct
although the Tristar tow hook mounting
plates are about .5mm too tall,
about the only dimensional error in the kit.
Also note the raised detail on the Dragon and Italeri plates but not on the Tristar plate, this is correct for
both as photos exist of Marder III Hs with and without this detail.
The glacis plates are much of a muchness for each kit with all three missing
the small bolts on the hatch hinge.
Obviously the Italeri plate has the inspection hatch included while the other
two have it separate.
The rear hull plates are again much the same apart from the lower right
port cover completely missing
from the Dragon plate, once again due to the Ausf.G rear plate being used.
Close up of rear panel showing the missing access port from the Dragon kit
with an image of the real port for reference.
The Tristar kit is correct while the Italeri kit has the post but the wrong
Kit mufflers, the Dragon and Italeri mufflers are too narrow according to the
Panzer Tracts plans
while the Tristar muffler is the correct length.
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