Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger 1/16 scale

 Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger  – Hobbyboss

  • Scale: 1:16
  • Length: 530 mm
  • Width: 222 mm
  • Parts: 460+
  • Build Time: 4 months

The Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf.E, more commonly known as the Tiger  was an answer to the unexpectedly formidable Soviet armour encountered in the initial months of the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union.

During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable. While the Tiger I was feared by many of its opponents, it was over-engineered, used expensive and labour intensive materials and production methods, and was time-consuming to produce. Only 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944.

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The kit

I seldom purchase new kits, I prefer finding and building older out of producion kits  but this was too good to miss when i saw it on the internet in a model shop sale. Awesome scale, it really does look big, a simplified version of an older RC kit, the parts number is slightly deceptive as over 200 parts are individual track links you have to put together yourself. Built over a period of 4 months the fit is really good, screws are used in places to put parts together. it does lack finer detail, but for the money, you are literally blown away by the size and at just a fifth of the cost of a kit of the same scale by Tamiya you can’t fail to be impressed

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Extras

it comes with a few photo etched parts which i have never used before, (my philosophy is build each kit out of the box, and use only whats in the box, no extras unless it can be scratch built). It also came with tools to apply zimmerit, a paste-like coating used on mid- and late-war German armored fighting vehicles during World War II. It was used to produce a hard layer covering the metal armor of the vehicle, providing enough separation that magnetically attached anti-tank mines would fail to stick to the vehicle, for my own reasons i have not given the finished tank this coat.

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