I didn't want to bore you with the early bits of Tiger 2, the DAK one, so I just built for a week or two before posting up.
Currently we have a nearly generic Initial Tiger 1 with one addition; the DAK-style turret bin, which still awaits some detailing. It fits well & will lend itself perfectly to this project.
The mantlet is Armorscale, as is the barrel, which is not identical to the RB Models version; some parts are more challenging, some less. One interesting feature is that Armorscale have the grub screws on the barrel collar positioned differently. Hmmm...I hope this is a variant of the norm, yet I am still to find pictures to prove it.
This is where things are going to get interesting. The PE is the Voyager Model set dedicated to the Tamiya 'Afrika' Tiger, which is comprehensive enough to give this baby a kick.
You will note the Aber coaxial & radio op MG's and lack of tracks...so far. I have some Friuls for this baby & will deploy them ASAP.
You will notice that I have found my stash of spare Voyager louver screws; on the exhaust stacks keeping the flappers open. Nice bit of detailing there.
Also; it was a whole passel easier adding the tow shackles before the PE went on; last time I damned near pulled it off...or summat, Guv.
As this was a September/early October 1942 build this'll be the last of the box-style Notek light, so lap it up whilst you can...the next Tiger will start to show some more changes on the way. Talking of which, the PE rings in all of the upcoming changes to this 'initial' DAK Tiger 1.
Other detailing matters to mention so far are that I have eradicated the hull side locking fillets; I can't see evidence of this on DAK initial Tigers, so have removed them with Tipp-Ex (either way, the bulk of this detail will be lost under the fenders, which BTW are different to the 'usual' Tiger 1 fenders, but I will explain that later).
I have used the Tiger 1 Initial sprocket wheels here - they are brilliant & a lot less emotionally draining than worrying about bolt alignment (like maybe I should have worried about the alignment of the spokes with the rib bolts...or something, Guv). I'm free! I'm free!...of (severe) detail-freakery. Not. Actually, I couldn't be bothered to research it, so lay on Dragon! In 6252 sprocket wheels I trust!
The Bosch light armoured wire hubs are, yet again, robbed from the Tamiya Tiger 1; this poor old Tamiya is being battered & bruised, but I promise will be a treat when I get to it. like in the Million Dollar Man;
"I have the technology to rebuild it! Mwah-ha-ha-ha!"
Catch y'all, like, latier man!
Comments greatly appreciated.