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Postby Soeren » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:30 pm

Hi there, I bought a Taigen "late" Tiger last year. Now I figured it had to be improved. As the turret is all metal, that somewhat limits my options in refitting the details like cupola, vent, politics, etc. Also the late would need a turret roof mod, as well as a collar.around etc. We will see.
First idea was to add a Aber mid detail kit. This includes optics, but from my experience with the Panther, the Taigen slots for the optics are too narrow. At least the kit already offers a lot of detail additions and should improve the tank. I have to look deeper into this.
Another option would be just to go with a mid Tiger with steel wheels.

Any thoughts and precautions will be appreciated.
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Postby Soeren » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:22 pm

As unspectacular as it gets. And the trusty 1/35th scale test model of course. This time it is an AFV Club Tiger late, primed and ready for a decision.
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Postby Estnische » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:19 pm

Maybe start wil the steel wheels and see how you feel about it. Once they are on, it might confirm what else you want to do. Find an image of a late that you like and see what you feel must be included.
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Postby Soeren » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:52 pm

That is a good idea. Might start from that point.
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Postby Soeren » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:48 pm

After thinking it through. I have made the decision to get me another "reference kit" The Academy late has the appropriate markings to try. Together with the Armoramas review plus corrections it might end up acceptable. The option is for a green knight and tri tone camo as well... We will see.
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Postby Soeren » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:46 pm

Howdy Folks.

There were some things incoming today and the builds will start soon. Builds...yes, because in the end with will be 4 Tigers in here. Two in 1/35th scale and two in 1/16th.

How´s that? Well, I went for the HB Tiger top and turret for the RC version on the Taigen lower, because of the better Turret. Inspired by Mr Wolfs build, although it will be much different, so no worries.
Also the HB top has some better details, although not in all places, compared to the Taigen/HL upper. But it also has the option for specifically designed add on parts.

So it will be the HB Top Taigen lower RC Tiger late, the HL/Taigen Top HB lower mid Tiger. And the two late Tiger in 1/35th scale.

Here is what I got so far. Some more bits and pieces incoming. For the connection between the top/lower of the different brands, strong magnets might be usefull to securely connect the two parts.

Stay tuned
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:44 pm

Good morning,
Following along. I have another Tiger to do here soon ( my own early Tamiya ) after a 1/6 Stuart and an M16 build. Inspiration and tips on how to do better are always things I enjoy.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:11 am

Wow this I's very interesting. I will be following along closely. So nice to see all these unique versions of the tiger with the upgrades and part options
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Postby Soeren » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:03 pm

I am interested to see the forthcoming as well...

Still waiting for the turret insides form rctankelectronics, then I will see whether the ABER Tiger barrel is an option.

I got the Academy kit today with the paint schemes. Idea is to build everything top to bottom. So starting with turrets, until those are painted, then go to the hulls.

We´ll see.
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Postby Soeren » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:44 pm

The first progress, turret roof modification. 1mm styrene added to the big boy and amended some features according to the Armorama review for the Academy Tiger. The scaled drawing from Tiger1info doesnt match the HB Tiger though, but after adding the weld lines everything should be fine.

Just as a side note. The 505 No 300 would be a mid Tiger with steel wheels. Interesting now that i went with the other number of the same Abteilung. The 300 would be included in the Academy set as well, funny.

Good thing though. Both had the large muzzle brake. So the Aber early barrel should be alright. :thumbup:
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Postby Soeren » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:46 pm

One step further, the 1/35 kit comes with all the details ready to build. The 1/16 kit of course needs everything added. Hatch and weld lines. Thats it for now.

And because one kind of model is boring, the mandatory delight kit :shh: . A Revell Leopard I with Meng tracks.
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Postby Soeren » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:27 pm

Went ahead and nearly finished the cupola. The Aber mounts for the optics sit fantastic. Also added two layers of Vallejo puty for the cast texture, let cure for 24h and then very carefuly sand it a bit. Only have to add the hatch jpint protectur and then I can spray the cupola and the optics separate and mount everything.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:51 pm

Very nice work my friend
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Postby Soeren » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:24 pm

Went crazy again, told myself after the JP not to buy add-ons worth the price of a 1/35 scale kit again. Thought to myself:"you put so much effort into these ranks, make it worth it", wonder if it was li´l angel or devil :think:

Anyways... Also I am gonna try Revell paints form the Academy callout. Those aren´t too sexy, but cheap and I will just put them into empty Vallejo droppers... Revamped that way 8|

The canon detail is just beautifull... But it is not hollow and quite heavy.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:32 pm

Soeren these parts are absolutely stunning enjoy the build. I'm following along with great interest
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Postby Soeren » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:49 pm

Yeah, thanks, I am looking forward to get it in. Just a quick mointing. There are a few detail parts for the muzzle brake included and shims for the mantlet. Hope to make it during the weekend.

I think this kit is also quite reasonably prized when compare to the other options.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:52 pm

That is awesome wow
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Postby Soeren » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:12 pm

Morning, work on the turret. Testfitting of the mantlet and filling the gap. Supported by Evergreen profile, the turret front was extended with apoxie scult and the frame amended. The splashguard was then added to give a small gap. But now I have to order another set of Meng nuts, because I cant find my sheet anymore. With the remaining apoxie scults I started weld lines.
Although I used the drawing from the Tiger 1 info page and modified it to the size of the turret, the roof seems to be slightly too small in width.

Ideas were taken form Tiger1info and the "Memories-remain" build
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:27 pm

That mantlet looks fantastic
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Postby Soeren » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:15 pm

Cheers Mr. Rainford :wave:

And that is it for today. Tried the Attack Zimmerit and worked on the turret roof detail and cupola. That is some nice looking Zimmerit.
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