ARM: Review - DML Porsche Jagdtiger w/Zimmerit

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6351; Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger Porsche Production Type w/Zimmerit; 1,015
parts (922 in grey styrene, 44 in etched nickel, 31 in etched brass, 8
clear styrene, 4 white metal, 4 aluminum pins, 1 turned aluminum
barrel, 1 length of twisted steel wire); preorder price US$49.95 via
Dragon USA Online
Advantages: updates the =93Premium=94 kit with molded on zimmerit
Disadvantages: not replacing the six-piece paired track links with DS
Plastic single runs will not be a plus
Rating: Recommended
DML has now fixed one glaring problem with its 2008 release of the
Porsche Jagdtiger by adding it to the list of =93Dragon Zimmerit=94
offerings. What amounts to the identical kit is now offered with their
pre-molded zimmerit as applied to the lower front glacis, stern plate,
side skirts (by section) and the upper hull, correctly done only
halfway up the side of the casemate. It comes with the correct Porsche
design with eight staggered twin wheels for this variant.
This is the fifth DML Jagdtiger (third Porsche variant) with the
=93Premium=94 kit features such as a turned aluminum 12.8 cm barrel and
white metal towing shackles.
Once more, however, it could have used a set of the nice DS plastic
tracks DML does so well. Alas, they have left the five-part single
link paired tracks in the kit which are very tedious to clean up and
assemble, which is unfortunate. They are very accurate when assembled,
but each part consists of a flat link (with ejector pin marks to
remove), a connector link, and three stabilizer bar/connector links
for each track link pair. It is a shame as they have shown amazing
ability with more complex tracks to mold them in a single run.
The rest of the kit shows some attention to detail and cleanup by the
DML production team. But the interior components remain sparse (they
are hard to see once installed) and most of the original components
remain unchanged.
The upgrading was overseen by Hirohisa Takada, Minoru Igarashi and
Dragon=92s engineering team; technical support provided by Gary
Edmundson and Tom Cockle.
Two finishing options are provided, both for Pz.Jg.Abt. 653: one in
sand and one in tricolor pattern, both with black crosses. For the
sand variants four chassis numbers are provided which are shown as
stenciled onto the glacis (Werk 305006, 007, 008 and 009). The decals
are from Cartograf.
Overall many modelers will be happy to see this version now with
zimmerit molded in place, but the tracks are quite tedious which is
unfortunate.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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