|Classic Armor Marder III with Artizan commander.|
A case in point is the "Classic Armor" Marder III produced by the now defunct "New Millennium Toys" These vehicles were available in Target and Wal-Mart - at very low prices - approximately three years ago. I picked up a few at around $4.00 a time (they are still obtainable online at an inflated but still reasonable price) and added them to the vehicle park.
|Sdkfz 139 on the Ostfront 1943.|
So, we have established they are nice enough models. Now we come to the all-important "With what can I use them?" question! I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to get an acceptable result. In my parts box I had an Artizan PaK 40 crew in winter gear (ideal for Ukraine 1943/4) so I positioned them around the vehicle. Hey presto - they look fine! The commander is a slight figure but compares favourably to period pictures of Marder III crews. I reckon after removing the bases he and his friends could be attached to the vehicle "as is" and look good.
|The crew look truly tiny in this shot (Autumn 1942)|
Anyway, I have posted a couple of pictures showing real Marder IIIs so that you can make your own call - I think the miniature combo looks pretty good - not perfect - but good. The vehicle was deployed in all theatres during the 1942-45 period and thus it's utility is great. When it comes to crew, I am sure that there are other models out there that will work just as well, BAM and BTD spring to mind.
So if you agree with my findings and need a cheap Panzerjäger go and snap up the remaining Classic Armor stock ASAP!