1/35 Tamiya King Tiger (Henschel)
Here’s one more Armor model for tonight. I built this King Tiger without zimmerit and its painted in the “Ambush” tri color scheme. The German tank manufacturing companies discontinued the use of Zimmerit paste in September 1944. (So I’m going to say my Tiger was built after that date.) This is a model of the Henschel turret production version. I sprayed on the dirt and road grime using Model Master “Russian Earth Gray” and “Russian Earth Brown”.
The Porsche version had a rounded front mantlet and was not chosen for full scale production due to it being a “shot trap”. It would sometimes redirect an incoming round into the top of the hull. This could jam the turret ring, thereby knocking the vehicle out of action. Worse yet, occasionally the incoming round would penetrate the crew compartment. I’m going to guess and say that approximately 50 Porsche turreted vehicles were completed. These were all reported to have a Zimmerit anti magnetic coating applied.
I have a model of the Porsche version and will post an article about it here as soon as I get it completed. (It’s in the last 3 photos to show the difference between the Porsche and the Henschel turrets.)
This model was built using Fruilmodel tracks. Other than that it’s pretty much right out of the box. I sprayed the model in a 3 color camouflage pattern, then using a small brush I painted on the small dots. This was my first attempt at painting crew figures. It also uses the Tamiya photo etch. These PE parts are visible on the MG barrel as the front sight and is also covering the top of the rear deck grill plates and fan towers. I also used “Testors” clear parts cement to replicate the glass vision blocks on the Commander’s Cupola. Finally I added a small piece of wire to simulate the wiring going to the Notek driving light.
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