This kit is a pretty reasonable price for this manufacturer’s model. They may have been trying to break up with their rivals. At that time, new manufacturers were releasing various kits one after another after Dragon lost its focus on military plastic models.
Is it called a primer color? It’s a reddish-brown color, like the bottom color of a ship model.
Zimmerit Coating sheet also released from Meng Model. I have been interested in what it is, so I used it this time.
I have not made German heavy tanks for a long time, so I miss assembling these rolling wheels.
The problem with the assembly is that the suspension arm is bent when parts C3 and C4 are installed. When I put it together temporarily, it looked like there was such a danger. Even if I wind a track, it doesn’t touch the ground properly, so it’s the worst. I will only use the place to hold the idler wheel at the end and not use the rest.
Once the position was decided, I fixed it from the inside with a large amount of instant adhesive.
Is this the right height? The height changes slightly depending on the angle of the suspension arm.
Bonding while adjusting the slack of the track belt. The kit has a jig for delicate curves, so you can quickly assemble it.
I wound the track on both sides. Is that okay?
It is very helpful that photo-etched parts are attached to the engine grill.
For now, I’m sticking them from big photo-etched parts.
This Zimmerit Coating decal is a plastic or resin-like solid sheet attached by water-soluble glue.
Adhesion of the decal to a curved surface is difficult. I fixed it with an instantaneous adhesive. The pattern was quite out of order. The excuse that it’s a battle is unreasonable.
The one in front is a jig for bending the engine grill, and the one in the back is a jig for loosening the caterpillar. These are very convenient.
I was impressed by the hole in the coating sheet on the part with the attached spare tracks. If I say that, the deck seal of the ship may be more impressive.
The parts that failed on the Zimmerit Coating sheet are gray and stand out now, but I don’t think it bothers me that much once it’s painted. I’ll fix it with putty a little.
I was amazed by the injection plastic color of this Meng Model King Tiger oxide red. As for the runners with different colors, I remember the white runner of the Tamiya 8-ton half-track figure and the black runner of the 1/144 F-14 Revell.
I’m relieved that the tracks touch the ground well.
It contains 2 German tank crew, which is rare for a kit abroad. Only the headset band has been changed to the Dragon photo-etched part.
What is the quality of the mold on the face? The injection head doesn’t seem to have a nice mold. There is no problem because he looks at the other side with binoculars. It’s hard to paint his face if I built it like this.
First of all, I blew a black surfacer for base paint.
I was at a loss for how to proceed with camouflage painting this time. Ultimately, I use a black base, dark yellow, red-brown, and dark green blown with an airbrush. I don’t do much layering. The saturation is a little high, but I will fine-tune it later.
I’m also painting a tank crew. I think it will be done in a little while.
The Meng Model Kingtiger is completed. The Dragon Kingtiger Henschel turret I made before had the fender and the spare caterpillar removed, so this time, I made a vehicle with all the fenders and caterpillars kept with the body.
If I chipped with camouflage paint, the paint would become too noisy, so I made it standard.
It has a relatively simple finish. But I think metal parts such as tracks and spare tracks were painted unexpectedly well.
Marking is the 334th Heavy Tank Battalion of the German Defence Force, a vehicle in Hungary in October 1944. The number prepared is 334, so it is tank number 4 of the 3rd platoon of the 3rd company. I put the decal on the shiny base and then blew the matte clear, so it was good that silvering was suppressed even on the uneven surface.
I used the figures in this kit. He has a narrow face. I did my best to paint it, at least to Westerners.
After I finished making it, I thought the Zimmerit Coating sheet had poor adhesion if it was just the decal’s glue. Next time, add water-soluble wood glue dissolved in a little more water. I have a coating sheet for the Porsche turret, so I will try it if I can.
It must be challenging because many manufacturers will enter the market for popular tanks like Kingtiger. The Meng Model Kingtiger is required to care about road wheels. But the price is much better than other recent kits, so I hope the Meng Model will sell them for a long time.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.