Sunday, 19 July 2015

King of the bulge

The King Tiger or Tiger II was developed in WWII as a heavy tank using the 88mm KwK 43 anti-tank gun. This gun barrel has the same diameter as the gun of the famous Tiger I but a longer barrel and a lager cartridge with propellent giving the round a higher muzzle velocity. An other but lager difference between the Tiger I and Tiger II is the shape of the armour. With the Tiger I the armour is welded together at straight angles placing the armour perpendicular to an incoming round. The Tiger II has armour at an angle from horizontal able to deflect an incoming round much like the Panther tank. Both Porsche and Henschel developed a turret for the King Tiger. 50 King Tiger's where equipped with the Porsche turret having a round front while the Henschel turret has a straight one. The King Tiger was in use from September 1944 until the and of the second world war. The King Tiger was made famous by it's deployment during the battle of the Bulge.

The Revell model

Revell produces models of both the Porsche (Kit. No. 03138) and Henschel (Kit. No. 03129) version of the King Tiger.

The model is quite a good one although not as good as their later releases. I added lifting eyes, engine covers and fasteners for the spare track links of metal. This is not my best model, check out Florin David's work for a better made example.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

1/25 Tamiya Tiger I Re-Released

Interesting news for fans of big scale models. Tamiya re-released their 1/25 Tiger I (Kit. No. 30611)yesterday. It is available at Hobby Link Japan for about €70,00 (9.310 Yen). Aber produces a nice set of mesh to go over the engine intakes as well.
The kit is from 1968 and has an interior. I'm not an expert on the accuracy of the interior but is seems better than nothing en quite sufficient when viewed through the hatches. The model is sold for insame prices on the second hand market so this is a good opportunity to get one at a fair price.