The Plastic Soldier Company Marder in 1/72 Scale

This little tank is dedicated to my friend John at Just Needs Varnish in the North Of England who very kindly sent me a Marder sprue from The Plastic Soldier Company a while ago and it has been sitting in my WIP pile for a number of months waiting for some love. So finally I made an effort before Christmas. Plastic Soldier Company kits are minimal parts, with good chunky details and very easy to put together. So I find them excellent additions for smaller models in 1/72 scale as there are no really fiddly bits. This Marder comes with one piece running gear and tracks which always speeds things up, no numerous wheels or tiny links to bother me. So an easy build and very hard to get wrong. I gave him a matt black primer, then a dark yellow basecoat. I painted dark green camouflage splashes and then resprayed from my tamiya spray can more dark yellow to blend the camo patches in. Tracks were painted black, then grey and then weathered using track rust powder and an 2B pencil for the metal bits. Decals I found in my spares pile and just added some random ones, I was keen to use the white 65, just because. I painted three Plastic Soldier Company crew men (you get a few crew with the kit – one who is unusable as he has comedic long arms) with fancy camo pattern pants and then added three infantry with greatcoats hitching a ride. These figures are plastic from Caesar Miniatures and are great for adding tank riders to a model. All I have left to do is some dirt and dusty powder and then some flock and tufts on the base. Hey Presto another groovy little tank buster for my German forces. Thanks John!!

4 thoughts on “The Plastic Soldier Company Marder in 1/72 Scale

  1. That has come out really nicely, Will, much better than I could have managed (and thanks for the mention, it’s much appreciated)! 🙂 I really like it! The crew and tank riders definitely look the part and give it a much more “businesslike” appearance!

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  2. Brilliant Will , that’s a really nice job you have done on this little unit, totally agree with John , I have to kick myself for not getting onto these small models that aren’t complicated,the tanks I have been making for my next dio are so fiddly I wonted to cry!! I feel the carpet will have to go to Weight Watches soon!

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