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 essexbill » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:18 pm

He looks wonderful.

I used to have one that liked to help with DIY , no fear of power tools, had to be locked out of the room.

I am enjoying your build . Is it just a basic plastic Heng Long Tiger?

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Postby Jimster » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:16 pm

Thank you. Yes, it’s the basic plastic model but it did come with metal gears, tracks and drive wheel/idlers.

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Postby Jimster » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:48 am

It wasn’t a very fun job but I removed the left side aerial tube. Not the prettiest work but it’ll be fine once all the details and weathering hide it. I also added some nice metal accurate headlights. The Heng Long lights were obnoxious.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:51 am

Very nice job with the tube removal process and the fenders look very good too :wave:
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Postby jarndice » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:28 am

Don't knock yourself, Once you have fitted the "ABER" Photo-Etch Engine cover grills it will be perfect,
Oh didn't I mention the Grills :lolno: Joking,
Fit the grills by all means but not everyone does,
Just a rub along the worked area with a little bit of fine emery cloth and it will be great.
I have never understood why Heng Long persist with fitting the VERY wrong Headlights,
Although Headlights on Tiger1 Tanks is worth a couple of pages by themselves, 2 above the mantlet one each side or if you are building "131" No headlights at all or 1 in the centre between the driver and the Hull MG, You take your choice :haha: :haha:
Like Herman said there is no end to the things that can be done to a Tiger 1,
I do hope you obtain a decent set of decals because the only place to stick the Heng Long ones is in the bin.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:09 am

Very nice work on the tiger jimster, really like the worn look you've achieved :clap: I bet your feline friend thinks itself more of a king tiger though ;) :D

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:38 am

jarndice wrote:I do hope you obtain a decent set of decals because the only place to stick the Heng Long ones is in the bin.

Or send them to Lert, he loves them ;)

You are doing a grand job Mr Jimster :clap: :clap:
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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:13 pm

Still waiting for more detail parts and decals but I just had to put her together for some outdoor pics and some running. Oddly the recoil feature has stopped functioning after reassembly. It still shoots the BBs but no recoil. I’m not sure why it stopped but I like it bettter. Still curious as to why. I also don’t like the blue color of the headlights. I want them to be more yellow. The tracks are already beginning to wear off the paint on the cleats from running on concrete. This is visible in the last pic. I like that.
Thanks for checking in and I have a lot work left to do. Happy New Year!
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Postby DymondTank » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:21 pm

I like the detail on the adding some wear and tear effects to it . Looking good , is it heng long or tangent ? Or Tamiya
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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:29 pm

Thank you very much. It’s a Heng Long. My absolute first attempt at armor, my first rc and my first try at 1/16 scale. I’m lovin’ it so far.

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Postby DymondTank » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:39 pm

Yeah I had that heng long tiger 1 , when I first started out . Yeah especially you add character to the wear and tear . Good hobby to take up . Im sure there is plenty of enjoyment to come .
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:46 pm

You can add a smear of clear yellow over the headlight bulbs to soften that brightness.
Lighting back in the day was very yellow looking compared to today’s offerings.
A fine brush they the slot should do it
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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:59 pm

Thanks, Herman. I’ll try that.

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Postby Jimster » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:51 pm

I have a decision to make about which decal set to use. I really like the big Mammoth decal that goes on the rear of the turret but the tank number 100 had side turret cargo boxes and no side skirt armor so it would be very incorrect. I may end end up using the number 302 set. Both tanks are early versions from the 502nd and were at Leningrad which is cool. I’m not sure how most folks feel about modeling inaccurate tank markings.
I’m also waiting on metal detail parts from Forgebear but I went ahead and added small chains on the back of the filter boxes that apparently kept the round caps from getting lost during maintenance. I’m having a great time with this new hobby and took it outside today for some backyard maneuvers. Thanks for checking in.
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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:05 am

Being inspired by fellow member pvt. pyle I’ve ordered a Taigen metal hull with the 5:1 gear boxes from Forgebear. I love the addition of the sturdy metal, the awesome looking torsion bar system and the new gears. This tank is starting to consume 100% of my hobby time. I’m not complaining.

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Postby Jimster » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:03 pm

Thank you, Wardog! I’m sure I’ll do another tank but this is all new to me so far and very overwhelming with all the detail goodies available. Almost makes my head spin.

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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:30 am

Today I received the etched brass engine cover grills (thanks to Herman Bix for the subtle suggestion). Do I simply glue these on top of the deck? Sounds too easy.

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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:28 am

Excellent video. Pretty much just as I thought. Thank you.

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:32 am

That guy that ‘grilled ‘ you about grilles was Mr Jarndice !
Yes, they go over the top ov the armoured hatches. Super glue on the plastics then lay the mesh in place.
Best to lightly sand the contact area first.
Once secure and dry, use the round end of a pencil to depress the flat mesh into the louvers below for a better look of foot traffic and suchlike.
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:55 am

Thank you and my apologies.

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