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Bruce Oomen on Track48 has reported the new Tamiya MMV kit, No. 32560, is to be the Marder III with the 76.2mm Russian AT gun (SdKfz 139). If confirmed, this will open a whole line to the aftermarket people, as this is the basic PzKpfw 38t chassis. And, of course, Tamiya could always release additional kits using this chassis type.
Actually, the Tamiya Hetzer has PzKpfw 38t roadwheels (this, of course, will create problems for those building a Hetzer), having narrow rim attachment bands with centered bolts. As for the tracks, they are Hetzer tracks, but sanding the side extensions level with the track pin heads will make them look much more like the standard PzKpfw 38t tank tracks. We will have to see what Tamiya does about the Marder III; the roadwheels and tracks are on their separate sprue, and it might be a temptation for Tamiya to use the existing track and wheel sprue instead of cutting a new one. On the other hand, Tamiya has often tooled sprues that could be used only for one kit. Let the games begin. (And how much will the little sucker cost when it gets here?)
the Marder III, this time with a picture of a kit (hopefully the 1/48, not the 1/35), and it has new drive sprockets and rear idlers, so it appears they have taken the high road and redone the suspension for this new kit. Champagne all around.....and work on Hauler to do the Aufklarungspanzer 38t so we can get the Hanglafette 38 turret for our other projects....
...will be like a shot in the arm for me. There are not enough Western Desert vehicles out there! I'm hoping a Pz38(t) will follow by year's end. That would fulfill the prophecy I heard earlier that Tamiya would release a fresh 1/48 kit never done by them in 1/35. When that comes to pass Hauler can work on the staggered drivers plate to back date the new kit to a Battle of France speciman. We can then all party happily with gulps of your elderberry wine.
David, Are you aware a PzIV Ausf.D conversion is available from Belcher Bits? Track48 carries them for around $30 USA. Referencing the early PzIII; IronDivision had an Ausf.F conversion on their drawing boards for future release, but sadly they've thrown in the towel on 1/48 items.