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Tiger in the Grass

This is the AFV Club/Skybow 1/48th scale Tiger I . I am not an armor expert so I cannot speak to the kits accuracy, but I do believe everyone will agree it looks like a Tiger I and will not be confused for any other tank. I would also like to sing praises for the absolute quality of this kit. This kit is 100% out of the box. The fit is excellent and detail is really quite good. There is a nice mix of molded on detail and glued on parts. The zimmerit is molded on and I believe looks convincing, I know it’s better than anything I could do on my own.

When I painted the kit I tried something I had seen on line. I sprayed the kit with the base coat of the panzer yellow, but I progressively lightened it as I painted higher and further forward on the vehicle. The hatches were painted an even lighter shade. I followed the same pattern for the disruptive patterns of green and brown. It looked a bit harsh until I put on a filter and wash. The end result is pleasing to me. I seems to create a forced effect of highlighting the upper section exposed to the sun and darken the area that would be in the shadow close to the ground.

The base was a simple enough affair, I mixed Durham’s Rockhard Putty with brown tempra paint and glue. I spread it out and then using bristles off of a bunch of cheap brushes from my local Harbor Freight I stuck them in the ground in clumps. Before the putty set I trampled it down with the tank and made the track so that is looks like it is moving through the tall grass.

I hope that you enjoy the end result of a very fun and enjoyable build.

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2 responses to Tiger in the Grass

  1. That’s a nice looking Tiger, Walt, and I like the grass base. I have swapped the top photo in the article, since I reckoned this was your intention? You can tap the red “Edit Article” button to see how I’ve done that. /M.

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