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Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I

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Category:Vehicles - Tanks
Vehicles - Tanks
Also known as:Sd.Kfz. 181
Used from:1942–1945
Used by:Military
Manufacturer:3R Henschel
Model:Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I

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January 17, 2021

Kim Branders added a new photoalbum.
111 images
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1:35
Project: Tiger I
Scratchbuilt
31 | 15. November 2019, 20:33
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Rui S
Great work and dio
26. December 2020, 13:25
David Verbruggen
Prachtige luikjes op je huisje en het oude vrouwtje ken ik van op facebook in 1 of anderd groep. Mooi diorama,!
4. January, 23:58
Kim Branders
Dank je David.
10. January, 17:47
marko rutsch
great work, looks very nice
10. January, 17:55
Kim Branders
Finished, comments are welcome.
17. January, 08:50
Neuling
Nice idea and very good implementation with great attention for details! Die Propagandakompanie dreht hier sicher sehr eindrucksvolle Bilder. In the German "Wochenschau" the war seemed to be won/winnable until the end of 1944.
17. January, 10:33
Mike Kryza
Top work Kim!
17. January, 15:14
Kim Branders
Thanks guys.
17. January, 22:16

January 15, 2021

John Sharrock added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Project: Tiger I
1:35 Tiger I (Tamiya 35216)
2 | 2. December 2020, 10:26
John Sharrock
Kit is now finished
15. January, 15:17
Palo M
Didn't like the first picture, but so glad I clicked through. I like the rust effect on grey, brings great contrast and looks interesting. What's up with the blue hands?
15. January, 19:06
John Sharrock
Thanks..I saw a Tiger commander in a movie with blue gloves on,so i painted his hands blue...might not be historically accurate,but it adds a bit of visual interest.
15. January, 19:23
Palo M
Cool. Congrats on a nicely finished model!
15. January, 19:26
John Sharrock
Thank you..I only got back into model making November 2019.
15. January, 19:28

January 12, 2021

Chris Ball added a new photoalbum.
1 | 16. July 2017, 07:16
Spanjaard
It looks good even without paint, looking forward to I finished product :)
27. July 2017, 07:44
Rui S
Nice detail. Did you add some after market or it all comes in the kit?
Looking good, I'm in.
27. July 2017, 08:29
Chris Ball
Straight out of the box build, there's some really good quality photoetch stuff in the box but of the plastics parts have really bad mould lines and some of the fits are really bad, buts it's coming together
28. July 2017, 07:38
Rui S
Thanks' for that info, Chris
28. July 2017, 08:09
Andrea Morris
Any progress?
12. January, 23:38
Shane Hodgetts added a new project.
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1:35
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1:35 Tiger I (Tamiya 35194)
 
12. January, 05:23

January 10, 2021

Tom added a new photoalbum.
4 | 12. February 2020, 07:02
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Zsolt Czegle
Great! Following!
30. April 2020, 06:56
Spanjaard
Looking good
30. April 2020, 08:24
Tom
Thanks Günther, I didn't know about burnishing, I will try and get some on order My plan is to deform the fenders according to the available reference photos of Tiger 712.
1. May 2020, 02:10
Tom
Hi Zsolt and Spanjaard, thanks for looking in
1. May 2020, 02:11
Tom
6 months later, finally made some progress over the holidays.
3. January, 13:25
Bart Goesaert
Looking good. How was the PE-work?
6. January, 11:59
Tom
Thanks Bart. I got about 20% of it on in the end. I attempted more, but things like hatch and access panel handles never stood a chance with me at 1/72 scale. The rear track guards and the driving light assembly were just way above my skill level, so I let them go. I got the front and side guards/fenders on, but again, I am just not skilled enough at the moment to apply some of the dents, bends and damage that I had hoped to copy from reference photos of 712. I am happy with where it is though, it was definitely a learning curve.
7. January, 08:38
Bart Goesaert
True. To bad you live in Thailand. Bit far to come over and show some things. But with the rest of the PE you can use as training material then ;)
10. January, 07:55

January 6, 2021

warton1987 added a new project.
6. January, 19:36
Alberto Traverso added a new project.
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January 5, 2021

Tom ... added a new photoalbum.
4 | 5. January, 00:17
Bob Hall
Nice ! Killer weathering, Tom !
5. January, 00:58
Tom
Fantastic
5. January, 01:49
OttovonLindberg
Beautiful weathering. My only criticism is that you should make the cleats of the tracks metallic as it would be worn and not rusty
5. January, 02:26

January 4, 2021

Tom ... added a new photoalbum.
12 | 20. December 2020, 11:19
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Tom ...
Oh, I forgot: make sure to really shake Stynylrez before using it. That's important. Also don't let it freeze. I've not had experience myself but have heard others have, and that the primer becomes unusable.
23. December 2020, 19:49
JD
Thanks Tom, great info. I also use an Iwata with a 0.5 needle, so I should not have any problems. I've been searching for a water based sandable primer for some time now. And you're right about learning to maintain the airbrush, and keep it clean. It's definitely part of the learning curve.
23. December 2020, 21:05
Tom ...
So Pix #23 shows a test I did with using hairspray and AK Interactive's Worn Effects fluid to get a chipped/weathered effect.

Here's what I did in the test :

1. I decanted the hairspray so that I could more easily control the amount that gets applied via an airbrush.
2. The test piece was primed with black stynylrez and then coated with Alclad Klear Kote Matt.
3. The sections named "HS" are the Tresemme hairspray and the "AK"s are the AK fluid.
4. The numbers, 1, 2, and 3, are the number of light coats I applied to each section
5. For each panel I then wetted and scrubbed with a brush for the same amount of time and pressure.

You can see from the picture that the thicker the effect layer was the more easily the panel chipped.
The hairspray was much more effective than the AK fluid.

Here are some things I found that are not show in the images:

1. The AK Worn Effects Liquid did not lay down at all well on the matt clear coat. I guess it needs to be used on very flat paint as its surface tension just makes it bean like water. Maybe it's possible to add something to reduce the surface tension and get good coverage... The Tresemme laid down beautifully!
2. Don't lay down the final color coat too thickly. If the paint is too wet then it activates the hairspray layer and you get ugly cracking forming.... though if that's an effect you want then do lay it down thickly. However, to avoid cracking, build up the final coat in really thin layers till you get the coverage you need.

What I've learnt most about that this technique is that it is not as easy as many videos make it out to be. I'm also guessing that how long you let the hairspray and top layers dry probably effects how well the chipping works.

Have to say I'm somewhat apprehensive about applying the technique to the tank at this point....
24. December 2020, 03:35
Tom ...
Unfortunately the whitewash weathering did not turnout well. Ugh!

I might try to see if I can remove the paint and do it over again...
29. December 2020, 07:01
Tom ...
Wow! I used some windex to try to remove the paint and it works a charm. It doesn't interact with the underlying Alclad Klear Kote! So Happy.
29. December 2020, 07:26
Tom ...
And it's done! The weathering turned out okay seeing as it was my first real attempt at doing that. Assembled the internals and everything works. Will post a video of it in action tomorrow. It's very noisy and the controls are pretty crude.
4. January, 10:07
Tom ...
She her in action: Youtube Video

 
4. January, 19:00
Spanjaard
observer almost put the armor to the test ;)
4. January, 19:40

January 2, 2021

Steve added a new project.
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