As the war progressed the German Army converted many of its older tanks to self-propelled anti-tank guns, the Marder II was such a conversion. It used the Panzerkampfwagen II light tank hull with added upper superstructure to house an anti-tank gun and ammunition. It was built in two models, the SdKfz 131 and the SdKfz 132 depending on the model of PzKpfw II used. Production started in early 1942 when Alkett & Wegmann produced 201 SdKfz 132 Marder II's from the PzKpfw IID/E hulls. All mounted the Soviet 76.2mm M1936 gun which had been re-bored to fire German 7.5cm PaK.40 ammunition. These were followed by the SdKfz 131 based on PzKpfw IIA/C/F models and mounting the 7.5cm PaK.40 in a modified superstructure. Marder II's served on all fronts, but most were issued to Wehrmacht and SS Panzerjager Abteilungen serving on the Eastern Front.
"Overall this kit is near perfect. Bronco continues to produce kits of such high quality, but yet is still very buildable. This one can be made into a real show stopper right out of the box! Highly Recommended!" Dave Manter - www.cybermodeler.com
"The overall quality of the kit is very good and the PE is used to its best advantage. The tracks are superb and, in my case, eliminate the need for Friuls. For a Bronco kit, this one looks to be less "intimidating" to build, the parts are fewer and larger than some of the other kits from them that I have, and yet the detail looks stunning." James Bella - www.armorama.com
Notes & Tips:
* Includes a scale model which requires assembly, this is not a toy.
* Ages 14 and over.
* Choking hazard: Contains small parts.
* Actual model may vary from images.
* Does not include tools, cement or paints.
* Some modelling experience recommended.