1/35 Dragon DML Jagdtiger Porsche
Here are some pictures and another short article for you tonight. This is my rendition of the Porsche Jagdtiger. This one was inspired by a video I saw online showing the German’s surrendering vehicles to the US forces in Southern Germany at the end of WW2. These things were HUGE and if memory serves me correctly, they mounted a 128 MM main gun !!!!!!
I built this model about 15 years ago. This was my first attempt at “Zimmerit”. I used a two part putty called “Zimmit-Right” and Tamiya Zimmerit trowels to duplicate the effect. The only other addition is that here once again I used the “Woodland Scenics” foliage to replicate the tree branch camouflage, which is commonly used by model Rail Roaders in their train displays. The Germans used all sorts of camouflage methods since they lacked air superiority at this point of the war. To move during daylight hours was suicidal.
The Porsche version of the Jagdtiger used a different suspension than the typical Henschel product. The Porsche system used a “truck” which held 4 road wheels (two inner and two outer). This truck pivoted in the center. There are some pictures on line showing that the truck sometimes snapped off while the vehicle was making a turn. I think that only 12-15 of the Porsche Jagdtigers were manufactured, and all had Zimmerit.
I chose to paint mine in a single color, Panzer Gelb. This was the appearance of the once surrendering in the video, albeit black and white. Once this color was applied, I used chalks to make it look like it had been in the field for a little while.
The kit went together without any problems that I can recall. One thing for certain with this one is that the track links are multi part. The outside end links are two individual parts and are very tiny. The carpet monster ate several of them during construction. But the end result is a very realistic looking track that can be positioned as one pleases.
The kit doesn’t have any Zimmerit molded on it, so if you want it to be historically correct, you will have to add it. My kit included a small photo etch set that was primarily screen covers for the fan towers and upper grill deck plates.
As usual, comments are welcome.
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