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ian smith
#1 Posted : 03 February 2019 21:34:23

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The Tiger I, a German heavy tank of World War II, was deployed from 1942 in Africa and Europe commonly in independent heavy tank battalions with the designation Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E often shortened to Tiger. The Tiger I gave the Wehrmacht its first armoured fighting vehicle that used the KwK 36 88-mm gun. In total 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944. Production was over time phased out in favour of the Tiger II.
The Tiger I has been called an excellent design for its time, however it was over-engineered, using expensive materials and labour-intensive production methods. The Tiger was prone to some types of track failures and breakdowns, and had limited range given its high fuel consumption. It was expensive to run, but normally mechanically reliable. It was also difficult to transport, and vulnerable to immobilisation when mud, ice and snow froze between its overlapping and interleaved Schachtellaufwerk-pattern road wheels, often causing them to jam. This was a problem on the Eastern Front in the muddy rasputitsa (semi-annual mud seasons) and winter weather conditions.

The tank was named "Tiger" by Ferdinand Porsche, and the Roman numeral was added after the later Tiger II entered production. The early designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung H (‘‘Panzer VI version H’’, abbreviated PzKpfw VI Ausf. H) where 'H' denoted Henschel as the designer/manufacturer. It was given ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 182. The tank was later redesignated as PzKpfw VI Ausf. E in March 1943, with ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 181.
Tigers had a crew of 5. They could travel up to 23mph on roads and were powered by the Maybach 21, 353cc V-12 engines that delivered 642hp.
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#2 Posted : 03 February 2019 22:34:11

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Nice kit, I have an Early, Mid and Late in my stash with the interiors,. Will be following your build.Drool Cool
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#3 Posted : 03 February 2019 23:31:37

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Very nice Ian, will be looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.... Good luck with the build....Cool Cool

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#4 Posted : 04 February 2019 07:50:57

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Drool Oow another Tiger!
Can’t wait to see what you do with this Love

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#5 Posted : 04 February 2019 15:51:17

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Great kit BigGrin not one for the rivet counters thoughCursing i built this when it was first releasedCool i enjoyed itBigGrin so hope you doBigGrin regards PhilCool here she is Cool
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#6 Posted : 04 February 2019 21:22:08

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Thanks for looking in guys and for the comments. Planning on giving my spray gun and spray booth a work out on this one. I have a few more paints to source before I make a start on her.
Phil great job on your Build. looking forward to starting mine.BigGrin
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#7 Posted : 05 February 2019 18:49:14

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A very nice choice of subject Ian, always keen to see a Tiger I being built. Will follow your progress and wish you fun and success with the build. ThumpUp

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#8 Posted : 06 February 2019 20:50:14

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Hi Kev.
Thanks for looking in and your comments are always appreciated.BigGrin
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#9 Posted : 06 February 2019 21:04:54

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The Box Contents.
There where 4 sets of track treads only 2 sets are shown in the pictures.
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#10 Posted : 06 February 2019 21:14:13

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BigGrin Looks a nice kit and will be following your buildCool
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#11 Posted : 06 February 2019 21:16:49

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I know there are accuracy faults with these kits, but if you take them for what they are, Academy have produced a very crisp set of parts and they do look really good when assembled. Nice update to your build.Cool
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#12 Posted : 12 February 2019 14:16:17

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Thanks for looking in Andy and Darren.
Darren agree there are accuracy faults with the kit, as you say they are very well presented and look good. I liked how the tiger-1 showed the interior and the detailing within the turret. BigGrin
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#13 Posted : 12 February 2019 14:18:00

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Thanks for looking in Andy and Darren.
Darren agree there are accuracy faults with the kit, as you say they are very well presented and look good. I liked how the tiger-1 showed the interior and the detailing within the turret. BigGrin
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#14 Posted : 12 February 2019 19:41:18

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Looking forward to following this one Ian. Nice kitLove

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#15 Posted : 13 February 2019 22:49:12

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Thank you for your comments Mark.BigGrin
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#16 Posted : 13 February 2019 22:56:56

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Step 1.
The centre and rear circle parts were glued in. The wheel arms were glued on.
I also added the idle wheel pins at this stage as I am spray painting the model.
the rear bulkhead of the tank was added at this stage to seal the interior.
The two bracket shape parts were glued to the front bulkhead.
The interior was then masked using Tamiya Tape ready for spraying the interior of the engine compartment and tank floor Tamiya Dark Grey.
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