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Ok I guess it's time I started a thread on this build since it's gone beyond just a set of tracks. I picked this up since it looked like an interesting kit and both and the Modelkasten tracks were on sale. 

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Knowing that the tracks would be the stumbling block, I decided to start with those. Modelkasten gives you a jig to help assemble them. You remove the track links from their sprue, palace them in the jig and then insert the individual pins into each one. 

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To make things easier, the pins are on those long sprues and once glued in place, just trim them off.

Otherwise, here's a pin on its own. 

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I spread out the track building over a couple days and did them in 20 link sections. Each side has 94 links. 

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Here's the leftover sprue gates from once the tracks were done.

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At the same time, I was working on the lower hull and running gear. Modelkasten includes a spacer you add to the idler and drive sprockets to make them the correct width. 

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I then cleaned up and painted the road wheels. 

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The lower hull is assembled from plates so I did that next. I left the upper hull plate loose but placed it into position to make sure the bottom was square. 

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The Marder I'm doing was initially painted in German grey and then over painted in Dunkelgelb. So I did the same. 

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With the road wheels in place. 

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I then painted the tracks and fitted them in place. Which probably wasn't the best idea. 

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I ended up having them break in a couple places while adding additional parts to the hull. 

 

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Man you’re a machine, when I did my Marder took me this long to read the instructions :respect: it was the Dragon H model........

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Well, yeah, the Tamiya kit is more user-friendly, definitely.

 

Good job on by-passing the rubber band tracks as that will add a lot to the end result.

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I likey !.....harv :popcorn:

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Ive been working away on the Marder but haven't really logged my progress. It's pretty much finished at this point.

Here's the turret assembly.

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And the hull

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All that's left is the hull MG and the exhaust. 

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Ok, I've joined the turret and hull. 

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Next up are decals and some weathering.

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On 3/29/2020 at 1:02 PM, Bomber_County said:

Your stash is shrinking by the hour.......I do like the Marder 

It certainly is. :lol:

Will have to see about stocking up again once it's safe. 

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Carl, I love this build. Love the tank.....harv :popcorn:

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Thanks Harv! 

One more step done.  The decals are on. All 5 of them. My kind of decal count. 

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What color is this? I need to find a "dark" yellow.....harv

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6 hours ago, harv said:

What color is this? I need to find a "dark" yellow.....harv

Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow is a good choice.

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2 hours ago, [CAT]CplSlade said:

Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow is a good choice.

That's what I used.

The lighter shades are AK Real Color RC060 Dunkelgelb oversprayed and undersprayed and generally sprayed around. :lol:

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I use Vallejo Air 71025 Dark Yellow it’s a good alternative IMHO for XF60. To get variations add white etc...

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