German Tiger I Initial Production Afrika Tamiya 1/35

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK AFV GERMANY

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThis time, I’m planning to build a Tamiya Tiger tank. I have been keeping it for a long time, and new products are coming out from other manufacturers one after another, so I didn’t have a chance to assemble it.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGIt is a connecting track of Tiger tank sold by AFV Club. The mold of the track seems to be slightly different between the early model and the late model, and this time the tank is the early model, so I will use the early model set as well. It looks the same as the mold of Tamiya’s belt caterpillar, so I think this is all right.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThis time, I am thinking of using etched parts of Passion Models. I don’t usually use these separately sold parts, so I’m worried if it will work.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe reason I bought this kit was that the Tamiya etched parts engine grill were out of stock. I bought the Passion model engine mesh, and there were many other photo-etched parts in the set. Each sheet has a different product number, so if I looked for it, I might have been able to buy only the mesh. There are a lot of small parts, but I think it’s okay because I assembled the etched parts of the battleship the other day.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe work is progressing fairly smoothly. It is a combination of zigzag latticed wheels. The width of the track is quite wide.
(2021/07/11)

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
I glued the etched parts of the engine grill. The size is perfect. I don’t think I need anything else with this.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
I’m assembling a connecting track of the AFV Club Tiger tank. It seems to be movable. It is an early type of track that has no anti-slip mold on the surface of the track.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
I am fixing a track belt around a roller. Until it hardens properly, the gap is fixed like a natural hanging of a track belt. I like this work of Tiger and Panther tanks relatively.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
The plastic model of Tamiya is easy to make, but it’s a disaster. I’m embarrassed. I think that the front armor plate of the part where the machine gun is, when it was first attached, there was probably too much difference in level and it was attached by mistake. When I tried to peel it off and glue it again, it was distorted in many ways. I think I’ll be lucky if I can fix it with putty later.
I was going to throw it into the trash, but I thought it would be too bad to give up because I was already putting in the separately sold connecting track and etched parts, so I continue to assemble it.
When I think about it, I’ve never made a Tamiya Tiger tank, so I should try to match some parts. I might have been in a hurry to get the whole thing into shape and start working on the etched parts, so I was pretty careless. I don’t know much about the structure of Tiger tanks.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
The etched parts of Passion Models are very fine. I have an impression that the parts are a little thick, but the material is soft and easy to change shape. I didn’t do much processing by adding thin plastic plates or plastic rods. I can fold and bend it. But I am not good at combining or putting it through a thin hole.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING
As for the etched parts, I mainly worked on the parts that would look better with a little modification. I omitted the parts that don’t change much even if I shave or cut and paste.
(2021/07/14)

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
The inside of the turret was roughly painted in flat white. The hatch is so narrow that I don’t think I can see much inside.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
The battle damage, no, I used putty to repair the front armor that was damaged in the process. And to make sure it was a little better, I used matt black to undercoat the bottom half of the tank body. It’s not perfect, but it’s okay. I’m glad I didn’t give up and throw it away.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
The turret part has been completed and it has become quite cool.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
A thin copper wire is added to the back of the smoke discharger tube.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
This tank was painted in a single color, so I wanted to give it a little gradation, so I applied it in black and white as usual.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
When I painted dark yellow on a rather dark color, I couldn’t see the gradation.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
Even though it is equipped with a wire rope, it is impossible to stick the German nationality mark. I made wrinkles with Mark Softer and put it on forcibly. I knew it before I did it, but it can’t work out on the first try. I put a decal with the meaning of a mark, with the intention of retouching by painting from the beginning. No tiger was marking on the upper left in the description of the tank 131 decals, but this mark is very cool, so I put it on.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
There are many dark yellows from various manufacturers. The main item I used this time was Creos Mr. Color No.39, dark yellow as usual. Vallejo has a little green mixed in, and this one may be more like real dark yellow. I think the color painted on the cap as a mark is too green due to insufficient mixing.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING
Only the head of the figure has been replaced with resin. The wrinkles on the face make it look like a veteran soldier. The climate in the desert is harsh.
(2021/07/17)

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK
GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK
North African Tiger tank was completed.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKAt the request of Marshal Rommel, who was fighting in the North African front, 20 Tiger I tanks were included in the reinforced force.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe Tiger tanks that were sent to the Deutsches Afrikakorps in the early days had a different shape of mudguard and were fitted with feifel dual air filters, a dust filter for the desert. I think this filter is like a pipe next to an engine grill.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKAlso, the exhaust pipe cover with a heat release slit is characteristic.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis marking is tank No. 131, 1st Company sPzabt (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung) 501, Tunisia 1942. (501st Heavy Panzer Battalion).

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe head of the figure has been replaced with resin and a decal for the rank badge has been used.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI like this relaxed pose of the figure.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI thought the track was a good appeal point, so I glittered too much. It’s a desert, so even if it doesn’t get muddy, it’ll get covered with dust. They’re not running on the asphalt road…

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKWhen I paint the wheel of a tank in black with a brush, I wonder that I get very sleepy.

GERMAN TIGER I INITIAL PRODUCTION AFRIKA TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI have been making military models as my hobby for a long time, and this is my first time making Tamiya Tiger Tank, so I think I am missing the point. Tamiya products are relatively easy to get if you live in Japan, so maybe it’s because there’s no need to stock them up and I didn’t have a chance to make them. Recently, some plastic models of Japanese manufacturers have disappeared from the market at all and I think there are more and more items that are sold out for a long time when I want to make them. I think it’s better to check mass retailers regularly and make sure when it’s time to buy. I am considering my storage space.
(2021/07/19)

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