GERMAN HEAVY TANK KINGTIGER TIGER II PORSCHE TURRET ZIMMERIT DRAGON 1/35

It is a Dragon King Tiger with Zimmerit Coating. It is built from December 2013 to February 2014.

Box package of Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

While not having carried out modelling for a while, it’s getting cold these days. I began to make a different kit. King Tiger is a required subject for WWII German tank fans. I chose the Porsche gun turret type this time.

the part is stuffed in the box, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

When a box is opened, the part is stuffed to the limit… Once it takes out of the box, cannot return back.

color making instruction, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

I thought this kit was released several years ago, at that time, was the instruction printed in color temporarily those days? It looks very good and easy to assemble.

The wheels of a heavy tank are quite large. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

The wheels of a heavy tank are quite large. Parts are gathered for each type and size, and the parting line and gate are flattened.

making wheels, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

I checked whether the torsion bar spring is equal to the ground and parallel so that a wheel may fit on the ground surface.
(23-December-2013)

Two sets of the same parts groups were in this box, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

Gahhhh!! Two sets of the same parts groups were in this box, but group TA, TB, TC and TD parts unit were all missing in this box….. It’s Dragon Models mistake. It’s related OVM: On Vehicle Materials, so maybe it’s not serious. Even so, no less than 2 times are surprising probability in a missing item in succession by the last AFV Club’s Striker and this Dragon’s Tiger II.
When I asked to Aoshima, the import agent, they said that it had to be exchanged with Dragon directly. They have no spare part, yes, I think so. Dragon has over 1,000 items in China, Hong Kong, it’s not easy to handle this problem in Japan importer. But — I think Aoshima can become a contact point, at least.
(27-December-2013)

joint upper and chassis, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

Beside the parts shortage, I’ll do what I can do now. It’s joint upper and chassis, it’s very clean jointing and not necessary to modify.

caterpillar setup, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

A caterpillar setup should have been completed before uniting the upper body and chassis. After uniting, a little bit difficult to attach caterpillar. Please follow as the instruction manual…
A caterpillar parts are arranged in on double-stick tape, and I pours adhesives on all the parts one time, and hold a moment for half drying adhesives, then very speedy operation.

It’s a very much better condition of right side set up. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit

It’s a very much better condition of right side set up. Sometimes I found the belt caterpillar of vinyl in Dragon’s kit, I would like to support Magic Track positively as myself. Even if there is a risk of assembly mistake, failing. If it says so, I would like Dragon to carry out the option, only Magic Track for sale about USD10.00.
This work consumes in large quantities of adhesives. In case I cannot complete this work by one shot, while preventing dry and fixed, supplying still more adhesives. Please be careful for thinner addiction.

I pressed down with tissue and trying to become a natural caterpillar hangs down.

I suffered troubles a little on the left side, I twisted to the wheels and somehow completed. Once failed, adjustment is fairly difficult. I pressed down with tissue and trying to become a natural caterpillar hangs down.
(27-December-2013)

I decided to cut out the middle part of the fender.

Since the full fender using is changeless and not interesting, I decided to cut out the middle part.

The right side is two fender panels removed.

The right side is two fender panels removed, a large part of the caterpillar is exposed. The section was trimmed and it shows thinly.

The left side is out one fender panel. The variation comes out and it is interesting.

The left side is out one fender panel. The variation comes out and it is interesting.

Dragon Models’ etched parts quality is very nice.

Dragon Models’ etched parts quality is very nice, atmosphere rises. There’s a gap on the rear armor. Rather than I forgot to paste it up, need to stick exactly later.

Zimmerit Coating, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Dragon Models 1/35

It became unnatural when the part was pasted up on the armoring of Zimmerit Coating, I corrected it with putty. It’s slightly exaggerated, I think it will become natural after painting.
(30-December-2013)

inside of high-explosive shells discharger. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Dragon Models 1/35

Starting the turret. You can see the inside of high-explosive shells discharger. (The small pipe shaped one in front of the square hatch)

spare caterpillar hook choice, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Dragon Models 1/35

About which shall be chosen between photo-etched parts and plastic parts, I think plastic is reasonable whether the portion which is too thin and seems to be unnatural to use photo-etched parts. For example, a caterpillar hook is 0.2-mm thinness when it is etching, multiple x 35 times, it is about 6.5 mm. It’s a poor impression of hanging a big tiger II caterpillar. Although it is each person’s judgment for all, sometimes priority may be given to easy and handy modelling.

gun turret rear hatch of Kingtiger Porsche Turret Dragon Models 1/35

This kit shows heavy observation and research on the gun turret rear hatch. You realize the armor thickness and toughness of Tiger II. Etching part was selectable for inside the hatch, it was not so much visible, I chose plastic one.
(08-January-2014)

I used the photo-etched parts for the thicker wire's clamp. Kingtiger Porsche Turret

I used the photo-etched parts for the thicker wire’s clamp. It takes a lot of time for small photo-etched parts handling.

Shackle's mold is very fine, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

Shackle’s mold is very fine and no need to use photo-etched parts. Support of the jack, I used plastic and etching mixed.

photo-etched clamp parts, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

I removed wire cutter and attached only the clamps for change. It looks like a live tank in the battle field.

hammer and the shovel, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

The hammer and the shovel, there are some parts are lacking in this box so I used the clamp mold attached type parts and grinned all clamp mold. Etching parts are very effective for these parts and it was worthy work.
I attached OVM Left-hand side as my favorite, omit the thick wire and only clamps are attached. Since the lacking parts are not fatal and substitution parts are in this kit, somehow I could complete it.

light code which is often recommended by the example of model magazine's additional work, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

The part of the light code which is often recommended by the example of model magazine’s additional work, it’s also contained in this kit and we can work easily.

pistol port on a rear hatch, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

There is a pistol port on a rear hatch.

The hatch itself can be opened and closed.

The hatch itself can be opened and closed.

assembly completed, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

Adrenaline comes out very well at the moment of putting a gun turret on the body. Became very much smart!

attached metal barrel is accurate and easily making straight line

The attached metal barrel is accurate and easily making straight line compare to plastic parts.

The Porsche type gun turret is roundish compared with the Henschel.

The Porsche type gun turret is roundish compared with the Henschel gun turret, and since the angle of inclination of 30 degrees side and the rear surface, they have an image which sticks to the ground. Although the height of the vehicles looks low, it is fairly high and huge.

First 50 tanks produced were used Porsche turret type

First 50 tanks produced were used Porsche turret type and the latter, which are larger number and main type, it’s Henschel turret type.
I would like to make one figure on the body of the Tiger II for emphasis the tank size.

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

A cup of coffee after assembly completion is nice! This kit is molded Zimmerit Coating, so it can be brought to assembly completion fairly easy and fast.
(11-January-2014)

Dragon Models tank crew with Hornet resin head.

Dragon Models tank crew with Hornet resin head. It’s a long time since I used the Hornet headset last time, the quality is superb.

I blew surfacer, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

I blew surfacer, it’s almost same color as plastic, I added matte white a little to distinguish from the plastic.
(26-January-2014)

I blew shadow on the edge and dent area. Kingtiger

Next step, I blew shadow on the edge and dent area.

Painted in khaki green. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

Painted in khaki green. Last time when I painted KV-1 Ehkranami, I had trial and error to make original green but it’s same as khaki green…..
Next is red brown and dark yellow camouflage painting.
(28-January-2014)

blew a red brown. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

My painting camouflage has been since Matilda making, it’s been a long time. At first, I blew a red brown. A finish state is not known yet.

Gun turret painting, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

Gun turret was the same pattern. I blew with feeling somehow regularity and irregular pattern mixed with balance.

It's quite good touch. After dark yellow added, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

It’s quite good touch. After dark yellow added, it’s feeling that the whole looks nice. The lines of dark yellow are changed thickness irregularly. I needed splendid concentration for this camouflage pattern drawing. Although it’s difficult, after finishing, there’s satisfaction.
(01-February-2014)

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

Seemingly today’s Tokyo is the heaviest snow for the first time in 10 years, I just finished up my Tiger II in the inside of a warm house and update my homepage.

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

The front armor was a thickness of no less than 150mm. And it was inclination armoring, defense effect was stronger than Tiger I.

The front armor was a thickness of no less than 150mm. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

Hair to a gun turret….. It is a replacement-of-hair term of a rabbit, hair has drifted and attached. It’s not good.

Tiger II factory was suffering from bombing of the Allied Forces, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

Frequently, the Tiger II factory was suffering from bombing of the Allied Forces, manufacture did not follow the production plan.

marking is the 503 heavy tank battalion, around Mailly le Camp (between Paris and the Belguim border) in France in 1944. Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

According to instruction manual, marking is the 503 heavy tank battalion, around Mailly le Camp (between Paris and the Belguim border) in France in 1944.

Tamiya Diorama Texture Paint, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

In order to give a 3D effect of mud, I used the Tamiya Diorama Texture Paint. I suppose more fine-grained is better, maybe.

rear view of Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

As indicated to the making, some parts are not contained, I’m disappointed. But see like this photo, some parts are not etching included, but almost satisfactory quality.

The back of the hatch is white, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

The back of the hatch is white, chipping with the rust.

The antenna was changed to metal wire, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35

The upper part made weathering moderate and much more dirty weathering on the chassis. This time, dry-brushing are not performed.

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

The antenna was changed to metal wire, it’s correct answer. In case it’s lengthened plastic runner, it may be easily damaged while assembling and painting.

It was about 70t weight, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

It was about 70t weight, the engine of Tiger II was used the same one of Panter, It’s insufficient in respect of mobile power. Firepower and mobile power balance was not good and operation with great difficulty. It’s extremely low mileage and only 200m of liters move on the road of the best conditions. This Tiger II has 860 liters of fuel carried.

I painted the periscope in green and finished gloss. Kingtiger Porsche Turret

I painted the periscope in green and finished gloss. These are eight on the gun turrets and two on the body. Sadly, they are hardly visible.

The wheels are made of steel, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

It’s hard to paint the threefold structure wheels. However, this is the big feature of some German tanks in the Second World War, appearance is smart.

It's hard to paint the threefold structure wheels. Kingtiger Porsche Turret

The wheels are made of steel, the place where caterpillar touches on the wheels, would be metallic color and I finished it by the gun metal dry brushing. It’s very difficult to paint part.

I filled mud moderately in the hollow of a caterpillar, Kingtiger Porsche Turret

I filled mud moderately in the hollow of a caterpillar and the part which hits a road surface was finished with metallic color. I suppose it’s good accents.

dark iron of Tamiya enamel color. Kingtiger Porsche Turret

I used the dark iron of Tamiya enamel color. It’s quite good color exactly just like the caterpillar base color. However, I did weathering much performed with washing and mudding and almost disappear based painting.

Paint of the camouflage uniform of a green-peas pattern

Paint of the camouflage uniform of a green-peas pattern, painted first with flat earth of Tamiya mixed a little with black and white.

Next is larger dot in Khaki green, tank crew camouflage uniform

Next is larger dot in Khaki green, and the dot of color mixed fresh and buff. Last color is Tamiya enamel XF-14 Japanese Aircraft Grey with black and white. Very tough work!

The sight of its back, tank crew camouflage uniform

The sight of its back also applied camouflage paint. I used the camouflage decal long time ago, This time I could paint with a brush, I made it.

I think that a figure and King Tiger's size are realizable if it compares with a Zippo.

I think that a figure and King Tiger’s size are realizable if it compares with a Zippo. As for this angle and distance, this crew’s best looking shot, I suppose.

This officer insignias are decal.

This officer insignias are decal. Although I used the army marking without considering anything, Nazi SS corps used same shoulder insignias, it seems to be no problem. Tiger II was arranged almost SS heavy tank battalion except for the exception at the first stage, so I’m slightly anxious about miss matching to historical fact.

I usually finished airbrush or dry brushing by the black or brown to the tip of the gun barrel.

I usually finished airbrush or dry brushing by the black or brown to the tip of the gun barrel. I refrained from excessive depiction, only performed chipping and washing.

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

I referred many battlefield photographs of Tiger II, almost were after being damaged, dead tanks, took by the Allied Forces, I feel slightly sad. Individually, I like the photograph in a military operation.

Kingtiger Porsche Turret Zimmerit Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting

This time, I had a good conclusion of camouflage pattern of a tank and tank officer, very satisfied. Recently I painted detailed camouflage uniform lots, had a sore eye….. This is the famous German tank, on the whole, it’s powerful and cool looking. It is difficult to store in my shelves that the tank with long gun barrel. Since the Henschel gun turret Tiger II had been made for about ten years, I would like to challenge that soon.
(08-February-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

4 Replies to “GERMAN HEAVY TANK KINGTIGER TIGER II PORSCHE TURRET ZIMMERIT DRAGON 1/35”

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  2. Hello! Good work for King Tiger! This is Awesome!
    Just a short question: did you spray anything to protect your final work of King Tiger?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi! Yes, I blew the matte clear last for the protection of the decal and fixing the pastel. See you.

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