Tiger I Mid-Production w/ Zimmerit
Typical view of the front and rear box of the new Dragon boxes that shows the modeler all enhancements and extras included in this particular kit.
Brief History: The Tiger I was the Wehrmacht's first armored fighting vehicle that mounted an 8.8 cm KwK36 gun. Between August 1942 and August 1944, approximately 1,345 were built. The Tiger I served for a brief time in Africa, in the USSR in the fall of 1942, then soldiered on in Sicily, Italy, Europe and finally the defense of Berlin.
While the Tiger I was considered an exceptionally designed tank by some, numerous historians contend it was over-engineered and, while expensive to maintain and keep running, it was also considered mechanically reliable. The German invasion of the USSR (Operation Barbarossa) was an eye-opener, particularly when they encountered the T-34 and the KV I tanks resulting in German designers going back to the drawing board to counter this threat. The Tiger I expanded its legendary status with the Allies during the Normandy Campaign and throughout fighting in Europe even as the Germans were being driven back.
The Tiger I had a crew of five; commander, gunner, loader, driver and assistant driver. The fuel capacity was 540 liters (approximately 140 gals) to include reserves. The Tiger I was powered by a V12 Maybach HL230 P45 gasoline engine with seven forward gars and one reverse. It was able to carry 92 rounds of armor piercing and high-explosive rounds when fully stocked. Front armor ws 100 mm thick and 120 mm thick gun mantlet, plus 60 mm thick hull sides, making it nearly indestructible from nearly all AFVs at the time.
What's in the Box:
Typical line drawing instructions from Dragon. There are plenty of sub-assembly steps so, put aside your current reading project, grab a snack and take the instructions to your favorite chair and carefully look them over before assembly.
Sprue D Parts 23 and 24 to the upper left are track forming jigs included in this particular kit.
Sprue H (x4)
Sprue P This sprue contains the hull sides and front without a zimmerit surface
Sprue Q (x2)
Sprue T contains a zimmerit pattern molded on hull sides and front.
Sprue T Front hull plate with zimmerit pattern
Sprue T Side hull zimmerit pattern
Sprue T also includes the turret shell.
Left side view of molded on zimmerit
Left rear corner view. The modeler should consult close up pics of worn and damaged zimmerit on actual wartime pics as a guide to help replicate the effect they are trying to imitate on their vehicle.
The tools on this sprue do not have molded on clamps. Fear not however; Sprue Y contains tools with molded on clamps.
Sprue U (Blue letter)
Sprue X (Interior view)
Sprue X (Close up detail view)
Nice detail here though it's a shame most will be covered up by roadwheels, tracks and mud.
Sprue Y (Blue lettering)
Dragon provides yet another Tiger I kit with exceptional detail throughout and should build into a fantastic kit. The molded on zimmerit paste is quite well done and can be sanded down and nicked up with some sharp tools to show some battle damage. The DS tracks have some fine detail throughout. There will be plenty of left over parts from this kit for the Tiger I spare parts box, like the sprue with no molded on tool clamps and non-zimmerit hull sides and front for a future project. For those who love German armor, but hate the your own zimmerit, well this kit just the answer.
Highly Recommended for all level of builders though beginners may find the parts count a bit daunting.
Thanks goes out to Dragon USA for this review kit.
Reviewed by Chuck Willis
AMPS Central Maryland
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