Revell 1/72 PzKpfw VI Ausf.H Tiger (03262)

A popular subject in any scale, the ‘Tiger’ is one of the most replicated tanks in plastic and there seems to be no diminishment in appetite for it! The specific variant represented here is the Ausf.H, the ‘H’ being for Henschel production of which began in August 1942.

This is a re-issue from Revell of a kit that first appeared in 1997 (03108) and on first impression is not showing its age too much. A relatively high part count for such a small kit, many of the parts can be attributed to the track links and the complex running gear of the Tiger, which on its own justifies the ‘Level 4’ difficulty of this kit. Inside the box you will find four sprues in pale grey plastic, a small decal sheet and an A4, full colour, 12-page instruction booklet. A scan of the parts reveals good detail on the upper hull and the main drive sprockets, although take removing the latter from the sprue, those teeth slice off easily. A 17 stage build, the line drawings in the instructions appear to have been enlarged from the 1997 original going by the thickness of the lines but they are still clear and easy to follow. While detail overall is up to a reasonable standard, over the past 20 years a number of aftermarket products have hit the market specific to the 1/72 Tiger including metal barrels from Aber and Armorscale, ammunition from Schatton, a muzzle from RB Model and decals from Bison and Star Decals. The small but crisp sheet of Hobbico decals should not need replacing with this kit.

There are two finishing decal options at the rear of the instruction booklet both based on a Tiger of PzAbt.501 in Tunisia in March 1943 coded ‘122’ or ‘712’. Despite its age, this Revell rendition of this famous tank still stands up reasonably well to opposition and for a reasonable amount of cash will slot into your small scale Axis collection nicely.      

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Product: Construction kit

Ref: 03262

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 180

Price: £17.99

Manufacturer: Revell