- Historians are still debating whether this vehicle was really a
- I decided to let my imagination run loose on this kit and build
it as a what-if. I therefore didn't focus too much on the accuracy
of the kit. My comments will mostly relate to the ease of construction.
instructions show parts "blued out". Normally that means
that they are included but not to be used; some are not included
however. That means this kit cannot be build as a gun tank, which
I had hoped to do based on the parts diagram. Conversely, some parts
are not blued out but not to be used either.
parts diagram doesn't correspond for the full 100% with the sprues.
To add insult to injury, some of the part numbers called during
construction don't correspond either (e.g. B17 should be A17, etc.).
cog for the winch is oval, which I find suspect.
louvers in the engine deck will allow you to see inside the (empty)
metal exhaust shrouds interfere with the hatch that is in the center
of the rear hull
slit in the headlight is portrayed as a raised line.
is a nicely rendered line on the extreme tip of the glacis which
I haven't seen on real Tigers.
make the upper and lower hull fit some trimming of the parts will
are no recesses in the tracks for the teeth of the drive sprocket.
Cutting off some teeth seems like the only reasonable solution.
the orientation of the tracks refer to the boxcover, not the paint
diagram. Not all Tigers had chevroned tracks, by the way.
tracks are the original DRB (dreaded rubber band) type of the pre-DS
era. While well detailed, they hold paint and glue badly and are
a tad overstretched. Even if you firmly secure the drive sprocket
and idler the tension will make the tracks cave in between the two
disks of the drive sprocket. If I had caught this earlier I would
have given them some support in that area. Now mud will have to
come to the rescue.
from this, the kit is actually a breeze to build, mostly due to the
rather low parts count. The roadwheels come as two parts on each side,
limiting construction to almost nothing and ensuring perfect alignment.
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