My Tiger Tank Project

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Postby jarndice » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:54 pm

I have gained great pleasure not only at the skill you have displayed but your determination to ensure your Tiger 1 early really was as accurate as it is possible for a Tiger 1 early to be, :thumbup:
My first early included a Starting Handle mounted within two brackets along the bottom of the rear panel, it swung within the brackets and looked really good (as well as accurate) all was well until the Tank was driven across the lawn.
One badly bent starting handle later I fitted a non standard bracket between the base of the exhaust shroud and just above the tow hook.
It no longer swings but at least it is present. :haha:
The moral of the story is if its RC then some accuracy will have to be sacrificed,
Only shelf queens can be close to scale perfection but that is a different Forum :lolno:
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Postby Jimster » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:13 pm

I would not have made it this far without your help, Jarndice, and help from many others as well. Show me a pic what the handle should look like. Here’s what is molded on the panel. Image


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Postby jarndice » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:01 pm

The Tiger 1 early had a regular one piece starting handle (The moulded Taigen part should be removed and replaced by the proper handle)it was held in place immediately above the base of the rear panel by two clamps with the starting handle grip swinging freely beneath the tow hook, sometimes it was retained by a removable chain attached to the grip,
The starting handle on the Tiger 1 Late was in two parts and was clamped to the body adjacent to the radio aerial.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:50 am

Impressive handiwork there, Jimster. :thumbup: You know that you're making real headway, when your pics warrant double-takes. The rear panel of your Tiger is really beginning to resemble the genuine item; and hence (at least in my case) the double-take. :D
The Jarndice seal of approval also confirms that you're now in the graduate school of modelling. ;) :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:57 am

Thank you very much! That means a lot to me especially seeing all the first rate modeling on this forum. You all are the most helpful and friendly bunch folks of any forums I frequent.

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Postby Jimster » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:03 am

All the recent Tiger talk inspired me to fiddle with my initial production Tiger 1 project.
The spare antenna tube on the right rear needed to be turned around to be correct and it needed to stick out past the rear by several inches. I did this by cutting off the end cap from the front and glueing it to the rear. Perfect solution and with body putty and sanding it’s hard to tell.
Another thing that needed attention was the rear early style convoy light. I got glue on the green lenses during the initial assembly which made the light way too dim. I want to be able to see it so today I popped the cover off and replaced the lenses with excellent results.
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Postby Servus » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:51 am

Looks awesome :clap:

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Postby Jimster » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:02 am

Thank you and welcome to the forum. Tell us about your RC tank interests and experiences.

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Postby Wildboar44 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:05 am

What a truly great inspirational build you have. Thank you for sharing.
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Postby Jimster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:57 pm

Spent some time on the old Tiger last night. I finally got around to assembling the Aber smoke discharger kit. Love the detail it added to the overall look. I also replaced my Mato metal commander’s hatch. I once thought that ImageImagemetal detail parts are always better but after I broke a hinge on it I realized that the original Taigen plastic hatch was much more detailed. So I painted and weathered it and mounted it on last night. Thanks for checking in.


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Postby SCHWEREPANZER » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:08 pm

Very nice work. Appreciate your meticulous attention to detail. It shows. If I didn't know better, I'd have said that was a picture of a real cupola. Ibid for the smoke dischargers.

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Postby jarndice » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:16 pm

Lovely detail work :thumbup:
For anyone interested "Schumo" make a repair kit for the Tiger1 early Cupola hatch hinge.
Easy to fit and saves throwing away an otherwise serviceable Cupola.
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Postby Jimster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:18 pm

Thank you very much! I owe it all to this great forum.

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Postby Jimster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:29 pm

Thanks for the info, jarndice. That’s looks like a first rate repair kit. I did successfully repair my metal hatch with a piece of brass tube and wire but that’s when I noticed that my old plastic cupola had much sharper detail and even had the thing that stops the hatch from opening too far. I figured that a proper paint job would make it look metal without the added weight. Win win!

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Postby jarndice » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:02 pm

That "THING" that stops the hatch hinge from being over stressed used to come loose in the box containing the Tank and lots of people thinking it was a piece of scrap plastic threw it out :lolno:
It took Forums such as this and RCU to let members know what it was that they were chucking out :clap:
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Postby Jimster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:34 pm

This forum is the most useful tool in my RC tank toolbox!

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