ARM: DML 1/35 Tiger I Late 3-in-1 Kit

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Kit No.
6253; Pzkw. VI Ausf. E Sd.Kfz. 181 Tiger I Late Production 3-in-1 Kit;
1,134 parts (638 in grey styrene, 251 etched brass, 180
"MagicTrack" plastic track links, 21 in clear styrene, 14 turned
brass, 14 pre-formed brass, 8 white metal, 1 turned aluminum barrel, 4
turned metal shackle pins,1 steel spring, 1 pre-bent wire, 1 section of
braided steel wire); price estimated at around US $40 retail
Advantages: even better than the Tiger I Early from this manufacturer
(January 2005 release); massive amount of options and different parts
in this kit; 3-in-1 options are for Late production, Late Command
variant, or Final production versions of this tank
Disadvantages: no Zimmerit finish means the modeler will still have to
apply it for most kit options
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German or Tiger fans
I didn't think after receiving a review sample of DML's Tiger I
Early that they could do much to top it other than add a Zimmerit
finish to the kit; well, while they disappointed me by not doing that,
they did catch me by surprise by adding nearly 450 new parts to the
first kit to arrive at a stunning new kit of this popular tank.
Compared to the first release, this kit changed out or added at least
eight different sprue groups to change the entire appearance of the
model to match the later variants; this alone added 250 styrene parts
and many of the etched brass changes to the kit. Some of the parts are
now identified by DML as common sprues, e.g. 14 styrene and 26 etched
brass parts are common to the 8.8 cm L/56 guns - either those on the
Tiger I or the Flak 18/36/37 series dual-purpose guns. Another 26
styrene and 34 etched brass are now identified as "German OVM"
common parts. Another 23 parts, 15 styrene and 8 etched brass, provide
what appears to be a personality figure of Michael Wittmann - the
plastic parts compose the body, and the etched parts medals,
decorations and shoulder boards.
The basic vehicle (this is getting to look more and more like an
American automobile window sticker everyday, with "option packages"
added to the "Base Model!") comes with the requisite parts for the
late model Tiger I - steel wheels, cast cupola, and turret rear
stowage bin. From there on, the rest of the changes are for detail
parts and specific model variants.
The modeler has a choice of the following: two types of drivers; two
types of idlers; two different hull stern plates; two types of lifting
shackles; etched or styrene exhaust shrouds; turned brass or styrene
tubes for the hull rear plate; open or closed driver's viewer;
styrene or metal tow cables; styrene or etched brass tool fittings (a
special jig is included on one sprue leg for bending and fitting the
latter); styrene or etched brass mudguards; styrene or etched brass
fenders; three different mantelets; styrene or aluminum gun barrel (the
latter has a spring to "work"); two types of muzzle brake; choice
of two-section or bent plate turret roof; original or final production
cast commander's cupola (made with "slide molding" so all vision
port covers are cast in place); two different styles of loader's
hatch; separate covers for the rear turret stowage bin; optional
position turret rear hatch; special track for the turret with separate
guide horns; and, "sag" guides to get the right set of the tracks
on the wheels (hard to see on the directions in Step 19, and provided
in the kit as parts D23 and D24).
While the AA MG mount base is provided, no AA MG comes with the kit.
Also, while all of the accouterments for the engine bay and an interior
come with the kit (e.g. radiators, fans, torsion bars) no interior is
provided, but the kit is set to take on or at least an engine for the
engine bay.
The model comes with a large decal sheet to cover most generic Tiger I
markings in detail. Markings are provided for the Late version as
sPzAbt 101 along with a company numbering diagram, including Michael
Wittmann's company. There is one option offered for a Late Command
variant from sPzAbt 101, and three for Final variants from sPzAbt 505.
All are in the final three-color scheme of Panzerbraun, red brown, and
dark green.
Overall this is an overwhelming kit in its number of options, and
other than the previously noted "do it yourself" Zimmerit options,
really leaves little for the modeler to have to purchase extra or come
up with from the spares box.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
Sprue breakdown :
A 26 (Tiger I generic)
B 40 (Tiger I generic)
C 39 (Tiger I Late)
D 30 (Tiger I Late) (turret)
E 35 (Tiger I Late)
F 8 (Tiger I Late)
G 31 x 2 (Tiger I Late)
g 4 (Command antenna
H 54 x 4 (Tiger I Late)
J 38 (Tiger I generic)
K 12 (Tiger I Late) (hull)
L 2 (Command antenna
L 12 (Tiger I generic)
M 14 (8.8 cm common)
MA 149 Etched brass (Tiger I Late)
MB 34 Etched brass (German OVM)
MC 26 Etched brass (8.8 cm common)
MD 38 Etched brass (Tiger I Late)
ME 1 Aluminum barrel
ME 1 Spring
ME 14 Turned brass
ME 14 Preformed brass
ME 8 White metal
ME 1 Prebent wire
ME 4 etched brass
MF 8 Figure
N 2 (Command antenna)s
P 39 (Late)
Q 12 (8.8 cm common)
R 15 (Tiger I Late)
S 9 (Tiger I Late)
U 2 (Tiger I Late)
TA 5 (German OVM)
TB 9 (German OVM)
TC 4 (German OVM)
TD 4 (German OVM)
TE 4 (German OVM)
Y 180 (MagicTrack)
X 1 (Tiger I generic)
Figure 15 (Tiger I Late)
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