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Italeri Tiger I, North Africa, 1/35

This build is a few years old now, but was a memorable build since it was my first Tiger and I tried many new techniques with the build. The Italeri kit is NOT a favorite amongst Tiger enthusiast, but I received the kit in a trade and didn’t know any better at the time…so why not build it! An Eduard photo etch set was found for a bargain price, and a set of AFV Club Tiger I tracks was purchased to replace the link and length tracks supplied with the kit. The build was a great learning experience and although there are several inaccuracies with the kit and build, it still ranks as one my favorites. Besides, it still looks like a Tiger to me!

Thanks for hanging around and viewing.

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14 responses to Italeri Tiger I, North Africa, 1/35

  1. Great job Curt!

  2. That’s some serious Tiger, it very realistic and convincing. I am vaguely aware that these Tunisian Tigers are one of a kind, and that there is some discussion regarding its camouflage paint, but in my mind they were exactly like you build it

  3. Remember Curt: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck!
    Great build here, I particularly like the weathering inside the turret!

  4. I like your realistic finish a lot. Looks like a target to me. 🙂

  5. I am not an armor experten guy, Curt, but I find you work amazing. Definitely looks like a Tiger to me….an extremely well built one!
    All the best!

  6. Nice one! Looks like a nice Tiger to me.

  7. Great-looking Tiger, Curt! Can you give us a brief weathering tutorial?!

    • Thanks Rick! There’s numerous weathering techniques applied, each which could be its own tutorial, but ‘briefly’ these are the effects used. Prior to the weathering stages I’ll usually do some paint fading/highlighting/shading with the airbrush. A good example on the Tiger is the exhaust shrouds. The upper portion of the shrouds has some rust tones airbrushed before any other weathering was started. Then we get into paint chipping (sponge technique), oil paint filter(s), panel line wash, paint speckling, streaking grime effects, and various pigments throughout.

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