AMMO by Mig- Tigers - Modeling the Ryefield Family (English)
This book is an all-encompassing look at the selection of Tiger I models from Rye Field Models. It covers all aspects of painting both the exterior as well as in two cases the interior of the models. All products used for this book with rare exception are from the AMMO of Mig lines of paints, including their Primers, Paints, Decal Solutions, Oil Brushers, Washes, as well as their Nature Effects. Each build section covers their respective kit builds from start to finish. A nice array of authors gives us different approaches to their respective builds. Each one slightly different from the rest. Again note this is a book solely on painting and weathering. Construction techniques are not covered.
The first section of this book includes references to Rye Fields Tiger I offerings. The opening chapter has a short written description of the development of the Rye Field Tigers’ introduction into the hobby. The section also includes images of the kits themselves as well as their aftermarket tracks, which come in both plastic and 3D printed versions, as well as two photo etch sets.
The second section of this book includes two sections of reference; one section is wartime photos, some technical drawings and some technical data plates, in German of course along with one specifications chart. The following pages include images of Tiger I’s in museums throughout the world, including the famous Bovington Tiger I, as well as Tiger I from the s.Pz.Abt 505 tank number 100 and a late model Tiger I.
The first chapter of models comes from the DAK and shares the building of Tiger 724 from the 501st Heavy Tank Battalion. This tank, from Tunisia in 1943 is painted in the typical two tone RAL 8020(Mig-0016) and RAL 7027(Mig-0009) paint scheme. This chapter covers the weathering encountered in the harsh dusty desert environment of North Africa. As an aside, many of these techniques should resonate with modelers who are also interested in modern armor from the Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom or the War in Afghanistan.
The second model, also from 1943, from the Eastern Front is from S.Pz.Abt 503 and is tank number 321. This model sports a full interior as well as the 503rds special field produced rear stowage bin. This Tiger I is from the Battle of Kursk. This chapter focuses on both the interior and exterior painting. There is extensive coverage of painting and weathering of both the interior and exterior of the model. This tank’s main paint color is Mig-0011 Dunkelgelb Aus’ 44. Interior colors that were used include a mixture of Blue Gray A (Mig-0062) and Gray Highlight (Mig-0910) for the main gray color, for the upper areas Cremeweiss RAL 9001 (Mig-0017) was used for the upper areas of the hull and inside the turret.
The third model is a Bergepanzer Tiger 1 from Italy in 1944. This tank covers the addition of hand made coating of Zimmerit that the Germans placed on many of their tanks from 1943 until late 1944. This is accomplished by using Rye Field’s tool provided in this particular kit. Coupled with the Zimmerit this section shows how to chip it down to the bare metal revealing the red primer underneath. This clearly illustrates how much damage the coating took once the vehicles were in action during their service lives. AMMO of Mig’s masking putty is prominently featured in this section of the book to help mask off certain areas during the painting phase. The main color paints for this build the colors used were Red Primer Light Base (Mig – 0921), Dunkelgelb Aus’ 44 DG I (Mig -0011) and Olivegrun Option 2 (Mig-0002).
For the fourth model in the painting and weathering section is Otto Carius’s Tiger 217 from the S.Pz.Abt 502. This kit also comes with a full interior but it was not covered in this book. This tank covers the use of aftermarket Zimmerit. In this build, the Atak Zimmerit accessory set was used and complements this build very nicely. This build also features nice photo etch brackets for the tool clamps and also shows the usage of Quick-wheel masks for the road wheels. For exterior painting this tank sports a winter camouflage coat with the use of chipping medium. This kit is painted in base color of RAL 7028 (Mig-0011) and for the whitewash he uses Matte White (Mig-0050).
The fifth model depicts the Sturmmorser version of the Tiger. This kit also includes a full interior and the painting and weathering of this vehicle is also covered in large detail. The interior detailing on this example is very different than the Tiger I’s mentioned above. The turret is gone as is ammunition for the Tiger I’s famous 88mm gun. In its place are the large mortar rounds carried by the Sturmmorser Tiger. These rounds are very large in comparison and sit on racks inside the casemate of the upper superstructure. The interior section covers the base painting in the same red oxide primer used in prior chapters as well as using the interior buff color Cremewiess (Mig 0017). For exterior painting Dunkelgelb Aus’ 44 DG III (Mig-0012), Resedagrun B (Mig-0004), and Rotbraun (Mig-0014) was used for this three tone example. Also used again were the Masking Putty and Chipping Fluid Mig 2010.
For the final section on full model painting, the book covers a command Tiger I Late from Michael Wittmann’s last battle in Normandy in France, 1944. Also covered in this section is the use of metal tracks for spares on the turret area. For painting the use of red oxide primer is used for a basecoat and then the standard three tone late war German paint scheme is used using Dunkelgelb Mid War (Mig-0010), Olivegrun Option 2 (Mig-0002) and Schokobraun (Mig-0015) for the main colors. The section concludes with one page that covers painting figures for the use in dioramas or vignettes.
In a sort of bonus section there is a detailed look at painting all of the relevant tools used on the Tiger I that are covered throughout this book. A very well detailed section for those who need a little extra help in the detailed painting area. This is a nice little touch for this very in depth book. The last section of this great reference book gives us six pages of color reference plates of various Tiger I’s throughout the war. Nineteen different color plates cover everything from early Tiger I’s through late Tiger I’s as well as some Sturmmorser Tiger I’s and the Bergepanzer Tiger I.
This book is very well laid out and is very thorough in its detailed descriptions on how to depict the famous Tiger I in all its variants. I really enjoyed reading this type of book and hope that other types of tanks are published in this type of layout and description. For those of us with a lot to learn this book would be a great addition to your library.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig for this review sample.
Reviewed by James Zilvitis
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