COBI MARDER III Ausf M (2282)
The COBI MARDER III Ausf M (2282) is part of COBI’s new 1/35 scale brick tank lineup. The COBI MARDER III Ausf M (2282) also known as the COBI Sd.Kfz.138, has 367 lego compatible military brick parts and one mini figure.
The COBI MARDER III features pad printed parts so no decals are necessary. The COBI KFZ 138’s tracks roll independently and this set will make a great display piece.
How big is the COBI MARDER III 138 variant?
The COBI MARDER III M is 6″ long and 4″ tall. The MARDER is also presented in 1/35th scale.
Also check out the COBI MARDER III COH3 set here. It is in the same scale but is a slightly different model.
MARDER III History:
Marder III was the name for a series of World War II German tank destroyers. They mounted either the modified ex-Soviet 76.2 mm F-22 Model 1936 divisional field gun, or the German 7.5 cm PaK 40, in an open-topped fighting compartment on top of the chassis of the Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t). They offered little protection to the crew, but added significant firepower compared to contemporary German tanks. They were in production from 1942 to 1944, and served on all fronts until the end of the war, along with the similar Marder II. The German word Marder means “marten” in English.
There were three variants of the German MARDER III with the Ausf. M, Sd.Kfz. 138 being the last variant.
The last Marder III variant was based on the Geschützwagen 38(t) Ausf. M, a purpose-designed vehicle for self-propelled gun use, again armed with the 75 mm PaK 40 anti-tank gun. Ausf. M was the final variant of the Marder series, and was a significant improvement over previous models, with its lower silhouette, sloped armor, and much more functional fighting compartment. In this variant, the engine was moved from the rear to the middle between driver and the rest of the crew. Because there was no engine in the rear, the gun and the crew did not have to sit on top of the engine deck as in previous models. The fighting compartment could be lowered down to the bottom floor level where the engine used to be, which decreased crew exposure and visibility. Unlike the previous two Marder III variants, the fighting compartment was closed at the rear, protecting the crew up to their midsection. It stayed open-topped. The machine gun port at the front was eliminated in the Ausf. M in favor of an MG 34 or MG 42 carried by the crew. In the previous two models, the commander served as a gunner. However, in the Ausf. M, the radio man moved to the rear, with the commander and gunner, to serve as a loader. Only 27 rounds of 7.5 cm ammunition were carried, but combat effectiveness increased because the vehicle commander was freed from manning the gun.
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