Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger
|Kit # 7240||Review by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail(dot)com|
This kit is a modified release of the earlier King Tiger with Henschel Turret (kit 7246) by Dragon. (Never mind that the earlier kit has a higher kit number.) The main difference is the replacement of some parts by Zimmerited equivalents and the introduction of DS tracks.
The upper hull is very similar to that
of kit 7246, but with Zimmerit and without tools on the hull side.
There were complaints about molded on tools on the earlier kit, and
the ones on the top of the hull still are, but this time you get no
tools at all on the sides of the hull. Neither molded on, neither
separate. I should check if this is historically accurate.
The nose plate has also been replaced by a Zimmerited part. All the Zimmerit looks very nice by the way, with the typical irregularities of the real thing.
The turret is similar to that of kit
7246, but with Zimmerit and without hangers for spare tracks. The
latter are now separate parts (see below).
Sprue C (the largest on the picture above) is identical to the sister-kit. I can't understand why Dragon offers two identical ball-mounts for a King Tiger, but given that you even get a third one (Zimmerited) for this kit, you will have some to add to the spare's box.
The sprue carrying the wheels is identical to that of the earlier release, and is still very nicely done.
The picture above shows the parts which
are specific to the Zimmerited kit:
The fenders ought to have been the same as in kit 7246, but are not. In my kit they were clearly marked "JAGD", and are too long. Obviously someone put the parts of the Jagdtiger kit into this box. (The fenders in kit 7246 that Doug Chaltry reviewed were marked "KING".) Well, it's better than the other way around and it's not that difficult, I guess, to cut off a centimeter or so from the last section of the fenders.
The PE fret is obviously the same as in kit 7246, as it is marked as such. It's very nicely done.
Whereas kit 7246 still had black vinyl tracks, this kit now has DS tracks, but apart from the color and material they look quite similar. You like them or you don't, but mine are slightly warped, which makes them less likable.
Parts not marked for use in this kit
The instructions in this kit are of
the picture type, which some people detest, but I don't believe they
will pose any problems with this kit.
You get five marking options, but for
most of the options, you will have to guess how the camouflage scheme
goes on the sides that are not shown.