ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Bergepanzer Tiger (P)

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Kit No. 7227;
Bergepanzer Tiger (P); 229 parts (215 in grey styrene,14 etched
brass); price estimated at US $11-12
Advantages: first kit of this vehicle in this scale; options provided
for different variants
Disadvantages: single-link tracks will cause some disappointment among
modelers
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German armor fans
The law defined by Newton that "For every action there is an equal
and positive reaction" could be applied to armor as "For every tank
of a given size there has to be an equally big and powerful recovery
vehicle." The non-Porsche Tigers defied that law, and the result was
a good number of them abandoned where they broke down. Even the
Panther, with the equal sized Bergepanther, more often than not was
found abandoned due to mechanical breakdown as it could not be
recovered and repaired.
In the case of the Porsche Tiger-derived self-propelled guns
"Elefant" and "Ferdinand" an attempt had been made to provide
them with an equal sized recovery vehicle. However, only three Tiger
(P) chassis were converted, and all three were assigned to s.Pz.Jg.Abt
653 in Italy, or one per company.
DML has now used parts from its "Elefant" and "Ferdinand" kits
to create a model of the Bergetiger (P) that permits building all three
of these vehicles. Due to the fact they were based on Tiger (P) chassis
and not the self-propelled gun version, there are detail differences in
the hulls that are also provided in the kit. These include things like
fender braces, engine decks, and defensive armament.
The centerpiece of this kit is the strongback and derrick crane for
repairs and maintenance of their charges, and it comes with scale
appearance etched metal chain. These fortunately come in one piece
sets; unfortunately, the tracks consist of 12 short lengths and 108
single links. Due to the small size of the links - even on big tracks
like these! - modelers have complained that they are too "fiddly"
and may not be pleased with the lack of a vinyl option in the kit.
As noted three finishing options are provided, one for each of the
companies of Jagdabteilung 653.
Overall this is a very "bitty" and busy model, and even though
only three were built it is more interesting than many other vehicles
due to the amount of add-on details found on the model.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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