My Tiger Tank Project

This section is to 'show and tell' about any customizing or re-vamping you have done (or are doing) to a Heng Long tank.

Postby seb4 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:24 am

Jimster wrote:I must be crazy. I’m going down the same rabbit hole that did with model railroading. Prototype accuracy. I’m really wanting to model an initial production “Leningrad” Tiger. Since I’m going through the trouble of adding a metal Taigen hull I might as well go all out. I guess I’ll have to scratchbuild the saddle bag side storage bins and since the new hull comes with a new backside I’ll model it to mimic the #100 without the air cleaners and such. I have to remove the side skirts as well, remove the turret escape hatch and add the extra pistol gun port. I also removed my beloved mesh screens over the engine bay grills as they weren’t on the initial Tigers. There’s many other changes to be made but we’ll see just how far I’ll go. I’m just very intrigued by the look of the initial production Tigers and I don’t see very many models of them. It may not turn out 100% accurate but it’ll be close.
This project has definitely taken a turn. This isn’t a hobby, it’s an addiction! Help!


You do a great job weathering, detailing and making as accurate as possible, hats up for that! :clap: I feel with you about the addiction part though. I went into the RC tank world few months ago and have also that tendency to develop a octd, a Obsessive-Compulsive-Tank- Disorder :( because as a former model builder I wanted everything perfect.

I resisted it by making a plan with my Leopard 2a6 and doing it in several small steps, extending it over months. It really lessens the pressure and stress to deliver everything in one go. When it works it works and no need to ruin your pleasure on your tank by modding forever. Everything in life is imperfect and so is your Tiger. Who cares when you go outside, see your Tiger riding in all it's glory and enjoy like no non RC tanker will ever know.

And it definitely helps when you do not adhere to all good-hearted advises you get. Pick out the ones which suit you and forget the rest. It really prevent you to going crazy.

Just my two cents and really, really no offence meant to everyone. They and me do it to help you, now you must help yourself to decide what works for you and what not. Happy tanking! :thumbup:

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Postby jarndice » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:38 am

You have nailed it exactly Seb,
We advise we never Direct,
You ask questions, we answer but it is absolutely your choice whether or not you act on our answer. :thumbup:
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Postby seb4 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:41 am

Jimster wrote:True. I haven’t used enamel paint very often in quite a while. The quality of modern acrylic paints has definitely improved and easier to use for me. A top coat of clear finish helps with the durability of it.


Acrylics are great, but Humbrol paint or artist oils are still the best for hand painting and dry brushing in my experience . They need more time to dry and a top coat of clear acrylics over oil paint is good, they don't bite each other.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:57 am

Or, you do what I've done, buy a few spare tanks/doubles, and the ones that run well out of the box, play with, bash them about, get them dirty etc, while you buy upgrades etc for their twins. Only one danger, you may get overly tempted to have triplets and quadruplets, meaning more upgrades etc :{
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Postby Abe Froman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:23 pm

Looking good Jimster :thumbup:

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Postby Jimster » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:05 pm

Made a little progress but still a long way to go. I’ve been viewing images online to get some ideas for these early Tigers on the Eastern Front. There’s a great variety of details to choose from so I’m just using what I like. I especially like the shovel and bolt cutters attached to the rear. Of course the bucket must make it’s appearance:). Thanks for checking in and of course criticisms and suggestions are always welcome.
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Postby Jimster » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:46 am

This evening I added the Taigen metal radioman and driver hatches. Now I can reach in and turn the switch off and on without removing the upper hull. Now I’m just waiting for the Aber fire extinguisher kit to arrive.
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Postby Abe Froman » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:40 pm

Looking good Jimster.

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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:09 am

This Aber fire extinguisher kit is fantastic. It’s like a work of art in detail. I have a couple of questions about the color of the extinguisher and mounting bracket which I believe would be gray and the correct label to use for a very early Tiger. Should I use the black label or the yellow lable? Sorry for the newbie questions.
Here’s the kit so far.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:55 pm

I have been informed that most were mid grey or dark yellow.
Open fighting compartment AFVs had red ones.
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Postby jarndice » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:58 pm

Hi, There were two standard Colours for German Army Fire Extinguisher Body's,
In Northern Europe and the Soviet Union is was dark Green,
In Southern Europe and North Africa it was desert sand.
The retaining strap was desert sand colour.
The frame was dark green for the Northern Europe/Soviet Union one,
The frame was desert sand for the Southern Europe/North Africa one.
I use the Black label on all my extinguishers.
I use the other decals as warning labels on the inside of hatches on all my German Army Tanks,
Any piece of military equipment comes with instruction and warning labels after all and I defy anyone to be able to actually read the decals :haha:
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Postby Soeren » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:05 pm

That is an expensive but fantastic looking piece of kit.
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Postby Jimster » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:20 am

Yes, it was a bit pricey but I love it. It’s just one of the many nuances of detailing these tanks that makes it rewarding for me.
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Postby Jimster » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:02 am

I know this is redundant for most but I can’t help being proud of this fire extinguisher kit. I think it turned out fairly well for an old guy like me. After these photos I painted it dark green and will soon add the the decal before applying a coat of dull finish. I think it’s going to look great on the Tiger. Oops. I just noticed that I glued a small part upside down. Gotta go fix that before I can sleep tonight!
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Postby square4 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:15 am

This extinguisher in its self is a fine piece of modelling, looking forward to seeing the whole finished project. :clap: :clap:
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:26 am

Thank you, square4 and thanks to those who informed me on the proper color. Here it is all finished and mounted.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:59 am

Fantastic job :clap:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:54 am

Now that is a superb looking model in itself, so realistic :clap:
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Postby jimbo_wa » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:22 am

Great work, I can see why it’s so expensive!


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Postby Jimster » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:27 pm

Beautiful weather today so I took a few outdoor shots. I got the decals applied and the fire extinguisher mounted. I’m waiting on the photo etched clamp set before I add the metal tow cables. The cables are smaller diameter than the Heng Long plastic version which is perfect for the initial production Tiger.
After I get the tow cables mounted I’ll add some final weathering and call it finished. Maybe.
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