Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Back on the Prowl

1/35 Tiger tank with crew

I'm Back! Well for now.  Christmas is always mad and waiting for a baby to be born while I write this is making it all the more hectic.

But it is with great pleasure that I can say I have actually finished a model!  Yes that is correct it is actually done!  And I am very pleased with it as well.

It is based on a late version Tiger I of the 101st Regiment of the  1st SS Panzer Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler".  The tank, 222, was commanded by Michael Wittmann for a time in Normandy and it is said to have been used in one of his daring raids on Brirish columns.  It also includes figures of Michael Wittmann himself along with the aimer (standing lighting a pipe on the roof of the tank), the driver (sitting above the driving position) and the loader (leaning on the front of the tank).  These all wear the later uniforms including the Pea Dot camo which takes around 2 hours per figure to apply!  The figures are from the Tamiya and Zvezda tank crew kits (available here http://www.ehattons.com/47995/Tamiya_35201_German_Tank_Crew_at_Rest/StockDetail.aspx).  The kit used for the tank itself is the Tamiya Late Tiger I (available here http://www.ehattons.com/47793/Tamiya_35146_German_Pz_Kpfw_VI_Tiger_I_Ausf_E_late_version_with_figure/StockDetail.aspx) with Eduard etched brass zimmerit coating, Dragon numeral decals and a Tamiya MG42 on the AA mount on the turret.

I will cover the weathering of the tank in a future article (dont wait up!) but for now have some pictures of it.
The crew at rest waiting for more orders
The tank itself, a slightly modified Tamiya kit


Worms eye view!

Additional to the instructions, I have added the extra track links to the front.

The Plainer side of the tank

Rear of the tank with late exhaust guards fitted

More 'busy' side with track pulling cable and spare links on the turret

Loader, driver and Hauptsturmf√ľhrer Michael Wittmann, the commander.

Main gun aimer

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