ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Tiger II - Last Production w/Transport Track

Kit Review: DML 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6209; Sd.Kfz. 182
King Tiger Henschel Turret Last Production w/Transport Track; 971
parts (940 in grey styrene, 28 etched brass, 2 twisted steel wire, 1
turned aluminum barrel); pre-order price US$49.95 via Dragon USA
Advantages: provides narrow transport tracks with a Tiger II kit
Disadvantages: many parts from previous kits now missing
Rating: 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.
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.
New or modified sprues have been added to the kit, but many parts
from the last one (one with zimmerit from 2007) are now missing =96 the
kit comes with one cupola and no clear styrene, and all but two of the
supplemental =93T=94 sprues with more detailed OVM and tool sets are now
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, but only the TD auxiliary (track
replacement) cable heads and TG self-defense projector weapon detail
sprues. No separate muzzle brake is provided for the turned aluminum
barrel; if you want to use it, you have to assemble the two-piece
styrene barrel and cut off the muzzle brake with a razor saw.
Also, 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 a somewhat =93discount=94 project missing some of the
nicer touches of recent DML kits,.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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