April 30, 2010

Tiger #100 construction

The construction started... with a few problems: the most difficult was when I tried to bend the left front mudguard over an open flame (although working with open fire to achieve this is highly NOT recommended). The result was one side of the mudguard almost melted.

I had a very hard time trying to engrave the weld seams on the turret and on the hull. Tamiya extra thin cement and a sharp hobby knife proved to be most helpful.

I used a small piece of PE to make the rain shield over the gun sight. Cables for headlights were also added.

April 21, 2010

Tiger #100 constructive features

According to Greg del Nero the distinguishing features of Tiger 100 are:

1. Massive exhaust pipe extensions, rising up to 700mm above the top of the rear hull.
2. Unique side mounted turret baggage bin.
3. Horseshoe mounted on the left side hull front.
4. Bent front left track mudguard
5. Improvised rain shield over the gunsight.
6. Unique camo pattern with a large dark area above the driver's vision port.
7. Spare tracks on front hull.

I just have to bend the left track mudguard and improvise the rain shield over the gunsight. The rest came with the kit.

April 19, 2010

Dragon announces Stug III G early w/ schurzen

Great news from Dragon as they've announced the launching of Stug III G early w/ schurzen. If only those schurzen were PE...

April 14, 2010

Tiger I Initial Production s.Pz.Abt. 502

I'm very excited about my next project: Dragon's beautiful Initial Tiger, the most correct Tiger kit in Braille scale today as far as I know. So, just a few minor details to add I guess. You can read very useful reviews here or here.

The tank was captured by Russians and was exhibited in Gorky park in the summer of 1943.

On my research I found another photo of the real thing, probably taken in February 1943. I love it so I shall paint my Tiger in this white camo. Maybe I'll put it in a small diorama, I haven't decided yet.