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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Tiger Evolution
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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 05:50 PM GMT+7
one word, or a few relly, but only one needed. legendary.

Started looking at this, briefly, and a couple of hours later have read the whole thing.

All I can say now is, hurry up!!!

Book - try www.blurb.com, make your own easy peasy, japaneasy...
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 03:43 PM GMT+7
Gawsh! A months flies by & you turn around...





Just waiting for PE detailing now. The tracks are AFV Club, the PE & barrel are Aber, all light styrene is Dragon, the other stuff is Tamiya. Spare tracks are Friul.

Ciao!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 01:32 PM GMT+7
Hi Grant - thanks for that. The one tiny shame is that without Friuls the Tiger is still light, even though festooned with all that metal!

So, next step in the Tiger Evolution is Tiger 323, Muncheberg Div - Berlin 1945. From a former discussion we ascertained that this might be a March 1943 build, so I will follow that specification (of course, there are a number of retro-fit modifications to add to the build).



There has been recent photos on Tiger Im Focus of the left side of the turret wirth a whopping great big Swastika on it - I don't think I will include that, despite it being a Pz Div Muncheberg addition according to the pundits.

Thanks for looking!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 10:59 AM GMT+7
Lovely work Bill. Lots and lots of extra detail there...

It looks like an aftermarket magnet .. If you ever get short of cash you'll be able to weigh it in for the brass..

Grant.
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 09:59 AM GMT+7
Bovington Tiger assembled using 1/35 Tamiya DAK Tiger I as base-kit, Voyager Model PE35062 upgrade, PEA055 Gepack Kasten, Voyager Model resin Feifel hoses, MasterClub Tiger I, early tracks, RB Model brass antenna, a few bits of Dragon styrene (OVM tools & mantlet) from the spares box, Tank Workshop Tiger I glacis plate, TMD asymmetrical Tiger I turret and (last but not least) a Panzer Art Tiger I barrel with muzzle cover;





I hope you liked it! It seemed to take longer than usual, but hey-ho, at least I got there in the end.

Thanks for dropping by!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 07:20 AM GMT+7
Hello Batsaikhan

Here you go; track cable on the hull side (Voyager model steel wire & PE, Dragon tow eyes);



Just the OVM tools to do now & then we're done for Tiger 131.

Thanks for looking!


Bill
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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 09:04 AM GMT+7
Thanks David for your valuable information too.

Bill, very nice build endeed, do we expecting more pics?
Thanks
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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 05:07 PM GMT+7
Pleased to help Batsaikhan. I am sure David's info was equally useful.

Tiger 131's rear plate complete;



Coming on nicely now!
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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 07:30 PM GMT+7
Thanks Bill
it was very helpful
Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:00 PM GMT+7
The most accurate wheels for a Tiger, in my humble opinion, are the new-tooled ones in Cyber Hobby's current Mid Tiger (6660). The wheel hubs are all more accurate than Model Kasten. The set will presumably appear in future Tiger kits too.

p.s. the kit does not contain enough parts to leave off all 8 outer wheels on a side; only the 4 outermost ones. I don't know if Dragon have plans to support Transport Mode for Tigers, but if they decide to sell it as an accessory pack with narrow tracks, it will also need to contain a sprue of hubs.

David
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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 11:14 AM GMT+7
Hello Batsaikhan

The ModelKasten wheels are superb, but they don't have the writing on the side of the rubber. The MK wheels take a little modification to accommodate the Dragon suspension arms, but nothing a keen eye & a little patience can't resolve.

HTH

Thanks for looking in!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 11:12 AM GMT+7
Hi Rob

Re the tracks; they are indie-links and articulated. When they are painted off the AFV I will put them back on & join them together with a bridal pin (0.53mm thickness). The only drawback with MasterClub tracks is that they are so light.

Thanks for looking in!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 11:10 AM GMT+7
Hi Guys!

A little more detail gone on since last update;

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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 08:35 PM GMT+7
Hi Bill

very nice work indeed. thanks for the detailed explanation and great pics.

I have a question about Modelkasten Tiger wheel set. so, how does it fit into Dragon Tiger and how good details on it comparing to Dragon Tiger I early wheels.

Thanks
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 07:29 AM GMT+7
Nice work and gives inspiration. How do you build the tracks off the hull then fit them after painting?
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 05:32 AM GMT+7
Tiger 131's resin & PE detailing going on slowly, but surely;



This build seems to be on a slow fuse...
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Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 03:26 PM GMT+7
Tiger 131 coming together;



Still lots of detailing to go on...
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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011 - 10:44 AM GMT+7
WIP Bovington Tiger; glacis plate on (resin conversion) for a standard Tiger vs the Initial OOB. The sprocket hubs were removed from the kit sprockets, rotated and attached to the flattened later sprockets in the box to represent Fgst 250122 and finally WIP the turret - TMD resin asymmetrical conversion; the mantlet being Dragon styrene and the barrel Panzer Art (nice piece, that).





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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 12:15 PM GMT+7
Thanks for that, mate!

Fgst 250122 underway, the Bovington Tiger;



...for February 1943.
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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 12:49 PM GMT+7
She's a real beauty, Bill - I look forward to seeing her with paint
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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 03:02 PM GMT+7
Build of Tiger 323 of sPzAbt 503, assembled in December 1942 complete;





Thanks for following. More Tigers to come...


Bill
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 07:30 AM GMT+7
Track cable assembled & on...

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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 12:43 PM GMT+7
Final bits of detailing going on now;

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 05:04 AM GMT+7
Spasibo, Brat!

Funny you should say that - may friend Nick keeps saying I should write a book. If & when I ever do get around to collating all the data into one handy reference I will personally deliver a signed copy to your home (subject to me saving up my pocket money for the bus fare). Until then - keep your eye on Tiger Werkstatte, there should be some hard facts populating that blog ASAP, what with a skip-load of pictures to boot.

Thanks for following.

Abyssinia!


Bill
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 10:59 PM GMT+7
After you get done with these builds you should write a book on building Tigers! Talk about the ultimate reference! I would gladly buy the first one!