As of the end
of 2017 the series comprises the following kits.
- 7203 Tiger I Ausf. E Late (see here)
- 7204 38cm Assault Mortar
Sturmtiger (see here as
- 7210 Bergepanzer Tiger I
- 7251 Tiger I Ausf. E mid
production with Zimmerit
- 7357 Tiger I Gruppe Fehrman
- 7370 Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger I Ausf. E
(Sd Kfz 181) "Initial Production"
- 7376 Tiger I, Initial Production
- 7434 Sd.Kfz.181 Tiger I Mid Production
with Zimmerit and Kubelwagen
- 7440 Tiger I Ausf. E Late with Tiger
- 7482 Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Sd.Kfz.181
Tiger I Early Production
- 7575 (TBA)
While some of these kits were already
the subject of a specific review, as mentioned above, we will only
outline the differences between the different kits in this article.
- The DS tracks and the black vinyl
ones are remarkably similar except for their color, material and
the fact that the black ones are (for one reason or another) markably
Lau points out that kit 7209 (Sd.Kfz
181 Panzerkampfwagen VI (P)) also has some parts of Sprue H,
which really should be used to improve any of the other models without
Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Sd.Kfz.181 Tiger I Early Production
by Timothy Lau)
kit is essentially a model of a mid Tiger I without zimmerit and
is useful because it includes all parts of the four sprues labelled
"H". Parts of sprue H were previously made available in
kits 7357 and 7209, and it is a refinement on earlier parts, incorporating
the latest research. Now, the entirety of sprue H is available,
and will really be useful to help the builder make "any"
Tiger. However, what is tragic is that the mold has badly deteriorated
since the first kits with sprue H (7357 and 7209) were made. Do
not expect that sprue H of this kit is as good as that of 7357 and
7209, even though it has all the parts. There may be some sample
dependent molding issues. The axe on my kit was badly molded, for
example. I cannot say whether all kits have the same problem.
because this kit has multiple sprues from multiple older kits, the
kit has multiple parts that represent the same thing. For example,
the kit has multiple jacks, multiple axes, multiple turret bins,
multiple fire extinguishers, etc. Where possible, the user should
try to use the part from sprue H because sprue H is of a later and
better design than the other older sprues. For example, you can
easily appreciate the superiority of sprue H by comparing the bow
machine gun of sprue H and of sprue A. However, the builder may
still be forced to use the parts from the other sprues because,
as noted above, the mold for sprue H has deteriorated.
instructions of this kit itself are completely useless. As David
Byrden has observed in a private email to me, the hull top is of
a mid Tiger. If you build the kit using the instructions, you will
get something that looks like a pre-Zimmerit mid Tiger that may
not actually be representative of any actual vehicle.
you are going to build an early Tiger, and, in particular, if you
want to use the decals that are in the kit to build either "131"
of s.Pz.Abt. 503 (the Bovington Tiger) or "01" of s.Pz.Abt.
502, you should consult the instructions from 1/35 kit 6820. The
instructions of kit 6820 detail how to build either tank. You will
definitely have to use parts that aren't called for in the instructions
and to not use parts that the instructions tell you to use. For
example, for the "131," you need to use the earlier two
Feifel canisters, which is not what the instructions tell you to
install. You should also expect to do some surgery. David Byrden
told me that, at the least, the builder will need to slice off the
C-hook on the hull to turn it from mid to early. In my view, the
builder should actually slice off all the tools from the top of
the hull. There are parts from sprue H that can replace all the
molded-on tools. Also, if you do this, you can actually faithfully
replicate the layout on an early Tiger I. However, you may want
to note that, if you do slice off the molded-on jack box, you will
have to fill a somewhat substantial hole. Finally, qlso, for help
with marking instructions, you may find it helpful to read David
Byrden's site on kit 6820.
H is crucial to making a good model out of this kit; however, the
instructions give you very little guidance about the parts that
are on the sprue. Unless you know the Tiger I very well, you may
find it helpful to use the instructions of 7357 and of 7209 to see
how the parts of sprue H are used. For example, if you look at the
instructions of both 7357 and 7209 carefully, you will see that
that H8 is the Tiger (P) mantlet and that H7 is the "regular"
mantlet. If you are to build any standard early Tiger, you may want
to ignore the instructions of the kit and use H7. But if you want
to build "131," you will want to use H8 because Tiger
"131" has the Tiger (P) mantlet.
all, this kit will allow you to build many versions of the early
Tiger provided you put in the time and effort to understand the
kit. But you must expect to do a lot of research work.
7251 Sd.Kfz.181 Ausf. E Tiger
I Mid Production with Zimmerit
The carpet monster must have been
extremely hungry the day I opened this kit, or the quality control
guy from Dragon fast asleep when this kit was packaged as in my
example the complete suspension is missing. With an already low
part count, this makes for a very sparsely filled box. Dragoncare
promised to dispatch a new suspension. I am not sure if, one year
later, I still have to keep my hopes up.
You get 4 marking options:
- s.Pz.Abt.510, Kurland 1944
- s.Pz.Abt.505, Nowe Koszary, 1944
- s.Pz.Abt.502, Latvia 1944
- s.Pz.Abt.510, Kurland 1944.
This is most likely a vehicle of s.Pz.Abt. 509, seen here.
This vehicle did
not have Zimmerit, however. This makes the 7482 quite useful
for making Tiger 122 of s.Pz.Abt. 509. Parts like H57, H39, H26,
which are not used on either 7357 or 7482 are now useful. David
Byrden noted on Missing
Lynx that the
Tiger seems to have been built in August, and in that month the
slit in the vision ports was made wider. Tiger 122 has the wide
slot, so it's not a July Tiger and it doesn't have the reversed
cupola. It does have the pistol port on the turret, one headlight
on the hull top, the old tracks, the disc on the loader's hatch,
no C-hooks, the full Feifel system, S-mines, and very probably
the early track cable on the side.
The decals for 122 can be used with kit 7482.
7210 Bergepanzer Tiger I
Another victim of the carpet monster,
as one of the final drives was missing. It seems I will be needing
my "Repairing the Panzers" book to finish some of these
I should check more thoroughly, but it seems that you can build
this kit as a gun tank with the available parts.
Two marking options, even if one of the marking options doesn't
have any markings at all.
- s.Pz.Abt. 508 Italy, July 1944
- s.Pz.Abt.102, Normandy, June 1944
7357 Sd.Kfz.181 Ausf. E Tiger
I "Gruppe Fehrmann"
The hybrid character of this Tiger
variant is reflected in the sprue lay out as it seems that sprue
H comes from various other kits, which might be the reason it is
broken in four subsprues, while the manual shows it as one. Based
on the manual you might be expecting a substantial addition to the
spare's box, but the "parts not for use" are not all provided.
(As a historical note: Gruppe Fehrmann used remanufactured Tiger's
at war's end. The vehicles were basically Ausf. H with Zimmerit
and late all-steel roadwheels. Yes, it seems they had Zimmerit,
which the kit hasn't, which means a trade with another kit might
have to be considered.)
Note that the turret in this kit
has been retooled with respect to respect to the earlier releases.
It has a separate cupola and loader's hatch; there might even be
a slight asymmetry in the turret. The hull has also been retooled:
the tools are no longer integrally molded, and the engine hatch
can be opened.
Spare tracks for the turret and glacis, and smoke dischargers and
mine throwers are provided.
The modeler can choose between plastic and metal tow cables, and
between two types of gun mantlets.
Lau points out that the instructions forgot to tell the builder
to glue part H4 behind part H7 and that the hull of this kit itself
is actually perfect for building an early Tiger I using the decals
Only one marking option for Gruppe Fehrmann in Germany, 1945.
One of the earliest Braille kits
from Dragon, which explains the dreaded metal parts. In this kit
this limited to the upper hull. Apart from the running gear parts
count is quite low.
One marking option without any explanation
whatsoever. Being one of the first kits Dragon released, it is clear
they still needed to learn some tricks of the trade at that time
(and they actually still do).