Tiger I E (late), 1/35
This model is my first one built in 2004, in 1/35 scale and even the probably most known representative of german armour of WW2.
This Tiger represents the 5th Vehicle of 3rd Company, swPzAbt. 506
(heavy tank bataillon 506). This bataillon has numbered its tanks in
ascending order - against a clear order from the Staff of the Army -
whereas the company's were identifiyable by individual colours. White
for the 1st company, Red for the 2nd and Yellow for the 3rd company.
The bataillon sign (also in company colour) is an DryDecal of Archer.
It shows an yellow Tiger standing in a big 'W' and holding a shield -
with white Cross on red underground. The 'W' is a synonym for
'Willing', the commdander of this bataillon. Also after the death of
Willing, this sign was used further on.
The camou sheme of this Tiger conforms to the general camou of
spring/sommer 1944 during the heavy defence fights in the
Strypa-Section around the river Dnestr (Ucraine). Short before in March
and April 1944 this bataillon got 45 new Tiger I of late construction
type with steel wheels and thicker turret roof armouring, just to
mention two of the made changes.
The Academy Kit was easy to build. Only minor changes an refinements were done with this Tiger.
The towing ropes are mady by scratch, made of twisted wires which were
glued into the connecting loops that comes with the kit. The air
cooling grids are PE's which came with the kit. The gun barrel comes
from the kit, has been surfaced and grinded very intensive, to remove
the longitudinal groove. The tracks are the vinyl tracks from the
kit - which I would not use anymore today.
The Zimmerit coating is simple repair surfacer. The riffled structure
was pressed in using an screw driver. The antenna was made of simple