Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. b Kingtiger s.Pz.Abt. 505

Well, here I go again. I thought this would be a fun fast project, but weeks and countless hours later......
Dragon has attempted to make it easier for modelers to obtain a zimmerit finish to their model by doing the "hard" work for them but in reality they have added to the amount of labor considerably.

Overall the fit and general qualities of the kit are in keeping with the Dragon standard but the inclusion of the zimmerit has created numerous areas of the tank to fit poorly

Dragon Box Top
Dragon / Cyberhobby White box #
505 "I"
Photo from Anthony Sheedy that served as inspiration for this project.
The following shots depict some of the problems that are a result of the molded on zimmerit texture.
Bow Gap 1
Bow Gap 2
Rear plate
Exhaust Guard 1
Exhaust Guard 2
Kugelblend
As can be seen above the zimmerit allows various parts to sit proud of their locations, the zimmerit has to be cleared away on the rear plate to allow the exhaust guards to sit flat, other areas include the jack block and OVM mounts. The hull plate gaps were faired in with Mori Mori.
Charging Knight
Corrected rear plate
Charging Knight

Because this is a Befehlswagen the interior will be modified to represent this vehicle correctlly. The interior used was the old Ordnance Models kit that is now marketed by TWS for the old Tamiya kit and is actually based on the Tiger II proyotype, but it will work just fine.

The Interior was purchased about 10 years ago and had actually been installed in a Tamiya KT and then removed.
Interior Dry fit
Interior Dry fit
Turret Befeh Mods
Turret Befeh Mods
Turret Befeh Mods
Turret Befeh Mods
Turret Befeh Mods
Prowling Tiger
Turret Befeh Mods
And here she is all mocked up and ready to go, including the beautiful Griffon Barrel.
Griffon Barrel
Dry Fit
Escape Hatch
Empty Casing hatch
 
Empty Casing hatch
Moving right allong, we find the hull getting painted and ready to be closed up
Now, with the interior finished the work on the exterior can proceed, the hull was joined and the phot etch and tracks were worked up to completion.
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
Walkaround
And now the painting begins. the first colors were too dark for my liking so they were toned down.
The first colors were too dark for my liking so they were toned down. Also here you can see the begining of the building and some of the figures mocked up to reproduce the original photo.
Gettiing closer now but still aways to go. Damn the inside of those road wheels!

 


 

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