ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Scale Tiger II Final Version

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale ?39-45 Series Kit No. 6232;
Kingtiger Late Production w/New Pattern Track Ardennes 1944; 649 parts (621 in
grey styrene, 21 etched brass, 3 turned brass rounds, 1 length of steel cable,
1 turned aluminum gun barrel); price around $34 to $38
Advantages: "final" version fills a niche for some modelers; nice package with
useful details included; no requirement to put zimmerit on it!
Disadvantages: wan paint scheme is accurate but may not appeal to some modelers
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: to all German and Battle of the Bulge fans
F I R S T L O O K
The DML Tiger II with Henschel turret (Kit No. 6208) was not even out the
gates of the factory when some modelers began immediately carping about it,
much to my surprise, for very petty details that I don't think the majority of
the modelers would have noticed or cared about. These modelers, which one of
the AMPS officers rightfully dubbed "experten," rarely seem to think much about
the impact their comments have on the average Joe. After attempting to savage
that kit, they then sharpened their spears for the next one DML had announced,
a "final" production version as used during the Battle of the Bulge.
I freely admit that I have little use for individuals who are that dim, and
now that the kit is here I think it should speak for itself. It is similar to
the earlier kits but comes with a different set of tracks (F sprue with 72
single links vice the two-part links used on earlier models of the Tiger II)
and some other features, such as new drivers (P14 and P15) to match and a
choice of smooth or stepped mantelets (P1 or O17). The difference in the
drivers is flat-topped or pointed drive teeth, but you will need the P14/15
drivers if you use the new tracks in the kit. (The others will work if you use
older tracks, such as a Friul set. Note that the directions first indicate
dropping the original drivers in the "do not use" parts map but then indicate
you can in the construction section.)
The parts breakdown is similar. For the 6208 kit, it was this: 584 in grey
styrene, 8 etched brass, 1 length of nylon string. For this kit, it is as
follows: 538 in grey styrene, 21 etched brass, 3 turned brass rounds, 1 length
of steel cable, 1 turned aluminum gun barrel. Note that 83 of the parts given
in the header data are from Kit No. 6115, 352nd Volksgrenadier Division
Ardennes 1944, which are included in the kit. The main difference is in the
track set.
The rest of the kit is virtually the same as the previous model, and while it
provides a nice turned aluminum gun barrel it requires the modeler to assemble
the plastic one (parts O21 and O22) and cut off the muzzle brake, and then
install this assembly on the gun barrel. No separate muzzle brake is included.
The larger brass sheet includes all eight screens for the engine deck plus the
mounts for the jack, replacing styrene parts D26.
Three turned brass 8.8 cm rounds are included, complete with etched brass
bases with the production data etched into them.
The one paint scheme provided is for s.Pz.Abt. 506 in the Ardennes, which
comes in the pale tan/pale green/maroon brown scheme. Numbers on the decal
sheet and a thumbnail list indicate any one of the 1st Company's tanks can be
made from the kit.
Overall this kit looks to be pretty much on the money, and for most modelers
the "massive flaws" uncovered by the "experten" are inconsequential. Although
DML didn't label it as a "60th Anniversary" kit, it does arrive in time for the
remembrances of that terrible battle in the winter of 1944.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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AMPSOne
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ADDENDUM
There is some comment afoot that this is a good late model Tiger II, but not a Battle of the Bulge tank. It does have the new single link tracks and drivers that came out in November 1944 but according to Jentz were not fitted until March 1945,and so would only have gone on the last batch of tanks built.
Cookie Sewell
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AMPSOne
I guess Dragon didn't think a kit boxed as a "Battle of the Ruhr Pocket King Tiger" would sell as well. Still, it's great to have it available. Gerald Owens
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Lafimprov
"Lafimprov" schreef in bericht news: snipped-for-privacy@mb-m17.aol.com...
The single link tracks were already around in november 1944, the first Tiger-B's issued with them were sent to SpzAbt 506, which used these in the Battle of the Bulge.
There is a picture of one of these Tiger-B's showing quite clearly the single link tracks during this battle.
A real late Tiger-B would require some additional changes, easily done BTW: - 6 trackhangers on the turret sides - Drop the jack, jackblock and anti-mg mount. - Large rainguard over the visor in the front of the turret. - Stg 44 in the bowmachinegun mount.
That's all.
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Herbert Ackermans

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