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Moggeller, PhD08/04/2010 19:30:58
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Tiger Evolution
 
The Tiger tank is one of the most studied subjects for the scale armour modeller; contentious and stressful for the web-based super-detailer, yet evocative and enticing.  The array of kits available on the market is wholly confusing; currently Dragon slay the opposition at with their hard to find boutique kits, however sourcing such rare beasts can be an expensive headache.  With huge diversity of aftermarket products it can be easy to fall into the trap of sourcing a lemon, yet on the whole those pieces out there will go to make your base-kit something more special, whether it be resin or photoetch, white metal or brass.
 
Having recently built and super-detailed the 1/35 Tamiya Tiger 1 (late) last year I was captivated; being a dyed-in-the-wool Panzer IV fan I was surprised to have been bitten by the Tiger-bug, but the catalyst was surely the SMI Productions book ‘Modelling the Tiger 1’.  This particular reference lays out in easy to understand sections the evolution of the Tiger 1 & 2 production models and their different features.  Coming in as a late entry I am equally impressed by the Xtreme Modelling publication ‘Elements in Combat 3; Tiger 1 & variants’ with a splendid collection of Tiger 1 models.  I strongly suspect ‘Elements in Combat 4; Tiger 2 & variants’ will be my next purchase.
 
Having spent months researching this Tigerfest I have managed to source a number of kits for a journey into this confusing jungle of sprues and hope to bung in a dizzying array of aftermarket shineys to keep the Tigerfans interested.

To kick off I will take a few detailed pictures of my recent late Tiger 1 build to whet your appetites, but hope to be better build quality and detailing references.

Keep an eye out for picture uploads!

Edited By Bill Hazard on 08/04/2010 19:34:18

Moggeller, PhD08/04/2010 19:35:03
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I would love you to follow this blog that will incorporate the following Tiger variants:
 

1.      Tiger 1, Initial

2.      Tiger 1, DAK

3.      Tiger 1, Early 503-style

4.      Tiger 1, 'Classic' Early

5.      Tiger 1, Mid (Kursk)

6.      Tiger 1, Late

7.      Tiger 1, Early (Fehrmann)

8.      Tiger 1, Initial Hybrid

9.      Sturmtiger
 

Keep a close eye on this thread; the Tiger trail will no doubt lead to a surprising collection o’moggles!


Also; any help along the way would be greatly appreciated. 



Bill
 

Panzers In Scale

Edited By Bill Hazard on 08/04/2010 19:39:59

Michael McLaughlin08/04/2010 19:47:22
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Hi Bill,
 
Wow! What a project, 9 Tigers
I'll be here
 
Regards
Mike
Trackpad08/04/2010 20:05:47
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I'm in for this one i have a few tigers to do myself in the stash love watching them get done.
Robin Buckland08/04/2010 20:06:41
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Hi Bill,
 
Good to hear!  best of luck with the Tiger fest.
 
Robin
Moggeller, PhD08/04/2010 21:24:18
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Eh up!
 
Starting off with Dragon 6252 with RB Models barrel with brass muzzle (etc), a dedicated Voyager PE set, Masterclub Tiger 1 'Initial' mirror tracks and the MIG resin Battle Damaged Tiger 1 set (and Aber MG34's & turned antenna).
 
She'll be a beaut! 
Andy Claesens08/04/2010 21:28:47
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Bilbo! Game on for the Tigerfest eh?
 
I'm glad you're building nine of the beggars, that means I'll be able to keep pace with my one offering.
 
Count me in old chum, I'll be watching closely.
 
Andy
Moggeller, PhD08/04/2010 22:06:54
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Ace; back to Axis, mate, you know it makes sense. 
John Barr09/04/2010 01:49:13
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Bill, how on earth do you manage 9 Tiger builds at the same time? My brain would melt out of my ears!  Cheers to you.    Just remember, "There's only one place to hit a Tiger baby, and that's it's ass."      
                         John
Dan Reed09/04/2010 02:18:55
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#6252 is my favorite! I hope to see the version with the PZ III bin.
Dan

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