ARM: DML 1/35 Tiger II Last Production - Review UPDATE

Kit Review: DML 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6209; Sd.Kfz. 182
King Tiger Henschel Turret Last Production w/Transport Track; 1,026
parts (975 in grey styrene, 28 etched brass, 20 clear styrene, 2
twisted steel wire, 1 turned aluminum barrel); pre-order price US
$49.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: provides narrow transport tracks with a Tiger II kit
Disadvantages: few noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all German WWII fans
Dragon has now released what is essentially its ninth Tiger II kit
(six under the aegis of DML and two variants) and now
provides their Henschel variant kit with a set of narrow transport
tracks. This kit was originally forecast for release in 2006 but was
held back for some reason.
For some odd reason =96 apparently a disconnect on the part of some of
the DML sections =96 the initial review copy of this kit came missing
many of the details added to recent versions of the Tiger II kits.
This was clear from both the missing parts in the kit and also no
callouts on the front page of the directions. After submitting the
initial review on 16 July 2011, I was contacted by a lady named Iris
from DML=92s marketing section to inform me my review was wrong. I noted
that no, it was not; the kit did not have the parts nor did the
directions show it.
Nine days latter the missing 55 parts from the upgraded versions of
the Tiger II kits and a new set of directions arrived, so apparently
DML DOES pay attention to their reviews and fix their kits! The kit
now comes with all of the fine T series generic details that recent
German kits have sported, most recently the Tiger II with zimmerit kit
(No. 6303).
The kit provides its transport tracks in the form of new flat links
(the R sprues) and a set of Panther transport tracks (E sprues) which
are assembled to form the transport tracks. The assembly is very
confusing as DML only provides a single photo in Step 9 to show how
they assemble which is not clear =96 there are A links (Panther tracks
with dual guide teeth) and B links (flat links with dual connectors of
which only one is used). Assembly will be tedious, particularly since
the Panther links have three ejection pin marks on each one.
Having been taken to task about fender bolt holes being too big on
previous kits, DML now the modeler redrilling them and using brass
parts to cover the holes.
The remainder of the kit provides for a Tiger II with Henschel turret
with the =93normal=94 steel road wheels, a smaller set of etched brass
for the screens and detail parts. All of the fine details are now
included =96 two options for the cupola with clear periscopes, the bow
MG34 with ball mount, travel lock, exhaust bases, tools and OVM, and
turret top details as well as the track installation tow heads.
Alas, the kit regretfully uses the =93Color Photo=94 version of the DML
directions, using a pre-painted or primed version of the kit, which
makes it far more difficult to determine the correct location of parts
as it shows them installed and not when or how to install them. To
make matters worse, this time they are printed in black and white!
Technical credit is given to Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
There are three finishing options covered: Unidentified Unit, Eastern
Front 1945 (=93Ambush=94 scheme, no markings); Unidentified Unit, Eastern
Front 1945 (three-color scheme, no markings); and 3/s.Pz.Abt. 511,
Eastern Front 1945 (=93Ambush=94 scheme, no markings). Three tiny crosses
are provided on a Cartograf sheet, albeit none of the schemes show
them being used.
Overall this is now a nice and thorough kit (at over 1,000 parts it
should be!) and is complete.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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