My Tiger Tank Project

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Postby Jimster » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:21 am

Here’s a shot showing how much better it looks without the jerry cans and I’ve added the proper tow hook.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:26 pm

Got to ask.......this stuffn gottohaveit tow point.?
What on earth were they towing with it. ?
Not the tank.
No pics of anything else being towed behind a Tiger 1 that I've seen
ever
not one
???
Whats it actually for ?

Anyone ?
Beuller ?
Anyone ??
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Postby Soeren » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:16 pm

What you did here is plain awesome. So much thought to build this unique tank.
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Postby Jimster » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:53 pm

Thank you, Soeren. It’s been a very educational and enjoyable build.
Herman Bix, I also have not seen any photos of Tigers pulling anything. However it would look cool pulling a Flak 36/37. Maybe just to reposition it somewhere near Leningrad or something. I’m kicking around the idea of building a display diorama someday. Hmmm.

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:47 pm

You should pursue that diorama mate, your tank certainly deserves all the accolades a completed scene would bring.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:52 pm

This looks spectacular. Although I've never completed a diorama I've always wanted to make one. I agree with Herman, go for it!
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Postby Jimster » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:15 am

Thanks, gentlemen. By golly I think I will. How come the Flak models are in 1/18 scale instead of 1/16?! I see them on eBay for about $75. Is that scale discrepancy a deal breaker?

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Postby Tiger6 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:24 am

Compared with the old 21st Centuary toy version they are closer to scale, so probably the best you wil get right now - I got both of mine for sub 50 quid, but they are in short supply these days. If you want it you gotta pay :(

The old Denix 1/16 diecast models will cost you a kidney if you can find them.

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Postby Jimster » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:05 am

Thanks for the info Tiger6. I just ordered one (Merit International) for $71 with free shipping. I love watching these beasts being fired on YouTube videos.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:07 am

Jimster wrote:Thanks for the info Tiger6. I just ordered one for $71 with free shipping. I love watching these beasts being fired on YouTube videos.
Where did you find it? Do you have a link?
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Postby Jimster » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:10 am

Just a quick eBay search brings it right up. I’m not good at posting links. I think there is only one left now. Check it out. Merit 1/18 flak 36
Edit: I just found more on eBay. Some cheaper

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Postby Jimster » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:39 am

Back on topic, I received my Taigen metal tracks today. Huge thank you to Forgebear once again for super speedy delivery across the pond.
Let me say that the difference between Heng Long metal tracks and Taigen is like night and day. The Taigen metal tracks are heavier, wider and fewer, beefier links. 95 Taigen links equals 97 HL links in total length. The Taigen tracks are pre blackened and beautiful.
As far as performance I’m happy to say that I put my Tiger through it's paces in the backyard including super spins in rough grass and sharp turns at top speeds and never slipped a track. The HL tracks would’ve slipped off several times.
So the two brands are very different and I’ll use the HL tracks for my future Tiger recovery vehicle project.

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Postby Jimster » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:24 am

Back off topic. I’ve attempted three different orders through eBay for the Merit Flak 36 model. Each time I get a confirmation email and then a follow-up email saying “Sorry. We have none. Out of stock.” That really sucks. Anyone have a lead on this model?
While I have your attention I must report that the Imex 5000 mAh battery lasts at least 3 times longer than my stock Heng Long 2000 mAh battery. Good investment.
I also busted off the bottom part of my styrene trailer hitch during maneuvers so I ordered a one piece metal hitch from RCTank.de as well as the Aber gun cleaning rods/brackets kit. I figured what the hell. At this point why not go all the way.

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Postby jarndice » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:40 am

When you fit the Metal TOW HITCH be aware that it crosses the line of the bottom of the rear panel which is removable and the Tank Hull so you might want to think whether you want the mounting of the hitch to be on the Hull or the Rear Panel, I pin vised two holes in the hull and tapped threads into them and then bolted the bottom part of the hitch in place, That way I can remove the rear panel as well as the tow hitch.
I get all my Nuts, Washers and Bolts from------------
http://www.prime-miniatures.co.uk/
A brilliant dealer very helpful and very speedy turnaround of orders. :thumbup:
If you do go that route I would recommend you buy a pair of "Nutspinners" they make fitting and removing small nuts and bolts much easier.
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Postby Jimster » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:15 am

I installed muffler flappers from Shapeways. These are great parts and very clean and detailed. While I was at it tonight I realized I had the engine cover on backwards so I turned it around. I also filled in the holes where the jack block used to be and I filled the holes on the left side of the hull where the track cable clamps went. Looks much better now. Thanks for checking in.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:03 pm

Perfect details to an already impressive Tiger Sir.
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Postby Jimster » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:18 pm

Thank you, Herman Bix. You’re opinions mean a lot to me and your work has been inspiring.

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Postby Jimster » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:22 am

Today I received the Mato metal pistol port and installed it on the right side of the turret. It’s another one of those details that really identifies this as a very early initial production Tiger. I also added the wiring conduit and brackets for the headlights and for the smoke launchers. I still need to add wires to the rear of the smoke launchers.
This is most fun I’ve had modeling in many years. Thanks for all the help along the way.
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Postby Jimster » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:14 am

Update but no photos. I added the metal tow hitch and it looks way better than my flimsy styrene rendition. I also received my Aber cleaning rods and clamps kit and I’m about halfway through the construction on them. This kit requires woodwork as well as metal.
The best improvement tonight was the addition of Taigen 4:1 H/L gearboxes with steel gears and bearings on all shafts and bigger 390 motors. Now this Tiger moves just the way I want. The ability to creep at slow speeds is fantastic and I can feel the increase in torque. Spinning in tall grass is no problem. Like a Tasmanian Devil.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:43 am

Jim can you post a video of it in completed state running about when you have time?
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