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

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

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 BOX PACKAGEWhile not having carried out modeling 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGWhen a box is opened, the part is stuffed to the limit… Once it takes out of the box, cannot return.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe wheels of a heavy tank are quite large. Parts are gathered for each type and size, and the parting line and gate are flattened.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGGahhhh!! 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 a 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 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGBesides 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGA 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…
Caterpillar parts are arranged in on double-stick tape, and I pour adhesives on all the parts one time and hold a moment for half drying adhesives, then very speedy operation.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt’s a very much better condition of the 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 about thinner addiction.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI 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 a tissue and trying to become a natural caterpillar hangs down.
(27-December-2013)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGSince the full fender using is changeless and not interesting, I decided to cut out the middle part.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe right side is two fender panels removed, a large part of the caterpillar is exposed. The section was trimmed and it shows thinly.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe left side is out one fender panel. The variation comes out and it is interesting.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGDragon Models’ etched parts quality is very nice, the atmosphere rises. There’s a gap on the rear armor. Rather than I forgot to paste it up, need to stick exactly later.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGStarting the turret. You can see the inside of high-explosive shells discharger. (The small pipe-shaped one in front of the square hatch)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAbout 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 a 0.2mm thinness when it is etching, multiplex 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 modeling.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThis 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI used the photo-etched parts for the thicker wire’s clamp. It takes a lot of time for small photo-etched parts handling.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGShackle’s mold is very fine and no need to use photo-etched parts. Support of the jack, I used plastic and etching mixed.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI removed wire cutter and attached only the clamps for change. It looks like a live tank on the battlefield.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe hammer and the shovel, some parts are lacking in this box. Photo-etched 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThere is a pistol port on a rear hatch.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe hatch itself can be opened and closed.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAdrenaline comes out very well at the moment of putting a gun turret on the body. Became very much smart!

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe attached metal barrel is accurate and easily making straight-line compare to plastic parts.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGFirst, 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 TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGA 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERDragon Models tank crew with Hornet resin head. It’s a long time since I used the Hornet headset last time, the quality is superb.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI blew surfacer, it’s the almost same color as plastic, I added matte white a little to distinguish from the plastic.
(26-January-2014)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGNext step, I blew shadow on the edge and dent area.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGPainted 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)

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGMy 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGGun turret was the same pattern. I blew with feeling somehow regularity and irregular pattern mixed with balance.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGIt’s a 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 TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOSeemingly 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 TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe front armor was the thickness of no less than 150mm. And it was inclination armoring, defense effect was stronger than Tiger I.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOHair to a gun turret… It is a replacement-of-hair term of a rabbit, hair has drifted and attached. It’s not good.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOFrequently, the Tiger II factory was suffering from the bombing of the Allied Forces, manufacture did not follow the production plan.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOAccording to the instruction manual, marking is the 503 heavy tank battalion, around Mailly le Camp (between Paris and the Belgium border) in France in 1944.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOTo give a 3D effect of mud, I used the Tamiya Diorama Texture Paint. I suppose more fine-grained is better, maybe.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOAs 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe back of the hatch is white, chipping with the rust.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe upper part made weathering moderate and much more dirty weathering on the chassis. This time, dry-brushing is not performed.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe antenna was changed to the metal wire, it’s a correct answer. In case it’s lengthened plastic runner, it may be easily damaged while assembling and painting.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOIt 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 were 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOIt’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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe wheels are made of steel, the place where caterpillar touches on the wheels would be metallic color and I finished it by the gunmetal dry brushing. It’s very difficult to paint part.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI used the dark iron of Tamiya enamel color. It’s a 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERThe paint of the camouflage uniform of a green-peas pattern, painted first with flat earth of Tamiya mixed a little with black and white.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERNext is a larger dot in Khaki green, and the dot of color mixed fresh and buff. The last color is Tamiya enamel XF-14 Japanese Aircraft Grey with black and white. Very tough work!

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERThe sight of its back also applied camouflage paint. I used the camouflage decal a long time ago, This time I could paint with a brush, I made it.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERI 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK COMMANDERThese officer insignias are decal. Although I used the army marking without considering anything, Nazi SS corps used the same shoulder insignias, it seems to be no problem. Tiger II has 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.

KINGTIGER TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI 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 TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI referred to 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 TIGER II DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThis time, I had a good conclusion of the 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 the 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)

4 Replies to “KINGTIGER TIGER II PORSCHE TURRET ZIMMERIT GERMAN HEAVY TANK 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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