ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Tiger I Initial Production

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 scale Armor Pro Series Kit No.
7376; Sd.Kfz. 181 Tiger I Initial Production s.Pz.Abt. 502 Leningrad
1942; 144 parts(127 in grey plastic, 14 etched brass, 2 DS plastic
tracks, 1 twisted steel wire); price US$19.95
Advantages: adds Pzkw. III type storage bin
Disadvantages: 33% price increase over previous releases is hard to
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and Tiger fans
Following on last year=92s Early Production Tiger I kit DML has now
released another initial production variant, this time the one with
the jury-rigged Pzkw. III style turret stowage bin. Other than that it
is a virtual duplicate of the earlier kit but with new decals.
As I noted with the earlier kit, DML borrowed the interconnected
wheel sets from their popular Sd.Kfz. 251 series of halftracks and the
new model has the back roads of road wheel connected by arcs that do
not show once the entire four-layer set of road wheels is assembled
(inner, center inside, center outside, and outer). Thus the entire 32
wheel set of road wheels per side now only requires seven parts =96
three linked sets and four single road wheels. The wheels are detailed
on both sides even though the insides will be impossible to see.
The turret is properly asymmetric and consists of a one-piece shell
with separate roof and front. As it is the early model it comes with
two stowage bins, two pistol ports, and a =93dustbin=94 cupola with an
interior set of periscopes. It also has a fording air cleaner and
etched brass parts for the intake grilles and radiator guides. The
model also offers a choice between tall and short exhaust tubes for
the rear of the hull.
The tracks are now DS plastic which will be welcome over the original
black vinyl tracks.
The model comes with two finishing options, both for s.Pz.Abt. 502:
Mishkino, February 1943 (whitewash over gray, bort number black 3);
and Tosno, September 1942 (gray overall with white bort number 132). A
tiny sheet of Cartograf decals is provided.
Overall this is a nice upgrade but as before now costs one-third more
than the earlier versions.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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