It is a Dragon King Tiger with Zimmerit Coating. It is built from December 2013 to February 2014.
While 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.
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 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.
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…
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.
It’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.
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 a tissue and trying to become a natural caterpillar hangs down.
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.
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 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.
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.
The 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.
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 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.
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.
It’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.
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 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.
I 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.
These 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.
I 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.
This 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.
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.