1/35 Dragon Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid -Production (DRA 6866)
This is my 1st 1/35 Tiger Tank build. It is a Dragon molding from their latest series of Tiger’s released #6866. The Box title is the “1/35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Production Remote Controller mit Borgward Ausf.A Heavy Demolition Vehicle s.Pz.Abt.508, C Company”. It did include as a bonus the Remote Controlled Demo Vehicle kit but I chose not to build this. It is still sitting in my stash.
Overall fit is very good and I am told it is one of the better Tiger’s on the market. I did not encounter any major issues and/or problems during the build. The tracks are Dragon’s DS band tracks which are well detailed despite being rubber band type tracks. Dragon models IMHO are a bit over-engineered and this often results in an overly complex build. It also results in a very high parts count. This Tiger is no exception to that, although it does result in a very accurate and super detailed final product. The instructions are well detailed, and also complex, sometimes making it a bit difficult to follow. This may be more relevant to my lack of experience because it was my 1st Tiger build so I was not already informed on the natural arrangement of parts. Especially true when it comes to the complex road wheel arrangement and the high parts count making up these parts. Even with many diagrams and illustrations provided in the manual I was still very confused for some time before I just jumped in and got it done. If I build another tiger I will be more comfortable with this aspect.
I am not sure if this model is accurate regarding it’s color. I know that this is a later model Tiger and I also know that the panzer grey used in this build was more appropriate for early war German armor. I just love the way the Tiger’s looked in Panzer Grey and wanted to experiment with using this color on this build. Comments are welcomed regarding this aspect because I am curious if this tank could of existed in this color? Overall I like the way it came out and do not regret using the grey on this build. Maybe I sum it up to a little artistic license. This is also an OOB build with no added extras added and IMHO none needed. I think the only need for some armor builders is the addition of metal link tracks.
Other then that Dragon has it covered on this one. So I hope you enjoy the photos and please comment if desired.
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