This time, I’m planning to build a Tamiya Tiger tank. I have been keeping it for a long time, and new products are coming out from other manufacturers one after another, so I didn’t have a chance to assemble it.
It is a connecting track of Tiger tank sold by AFV Club. The mold of the track seems to be slightly different between the early model and the late model, and this time the tank is the early model, so I will use the early model set as well. It looks the same as the mold of Tamiya’s belt caterpillar, so I think this is all right.
The reason I bought this kit was that the Tamiya etched parts engine grill were out of stock. I bought the Passion model engine mesh, and there were many other photo-etched parts in the set. Each sheet has a different product number, so if I looked for it, I might have been able to buy only the mesh. There are a lot of small parts, but I think it’s okay because I assembled the etched parts of the battleship the other day.
The plastic model of Tamiya is easy to make, but it’s a disaster. I’m embarrassed. I think that the front armor plate of the part where the machine gun is, when it was first attached, there was probably too much difference in level and it was attached by mistake. When I tried to peel it off and glue it again, it was distorted in many ways. I think I’ll be lucky if I can fix it with putty later.
I was going to throw it into the trash, but I thought it would be too bad to give up because I was already putting in the separately sold connecting track and etched parts, so I continue to assemble it.
When I think about it, I’ve never made a Tamiya Tiger tank, so I should try to match some parts. I might have been in a hurry to get the whole thing into shape and start working on the etched parts, so I was pretty careless. I don’t know much about the structure of Tiger tanks.
The etched parts of Passion Models are very fine. I have an impression that the parts are a little thick, but the material is soft and easy to change shape. I didn’t do much processing by adding thin plastic plates or plastic rods. I can fold and bend it. But I am not good at combining or putting it through a thin hole.
The battle damage, no, I used putty to repair the front armor that was damaged in the process. And to make sure it was a little better, I used matt black to undercoat the bottom half of the tank body. It’s not perfect, but it’s okay. I’m glad I didn’t give up and throw it away.
Even though it is equipped with a wire rope, it is impossible to stick the German nationality mark. I made wrinkles with Mark Softer and put it on forcibly. I knew it before I did it, but it can’t work out on the first try. I put a decal with the meaning of a mark, with the intention of retouching by painting from the beginning. No tiger was marking on the upper left in the description of the tank 131 decals, but this mark is very cool, so I put it on.
There are many dark yellows from various manufacturers. The main item I used this time was Creos Mr. Color No.39, dark yellow as usual. Vallejo has a little green mixed in, and this one may be more like real dark yellow. I think the color painted on the cap as a mark is too green due to insufficient mixing.
The Tiger tanks that were sent to the Deutsches Afrikakorps in the early days had a different shape of mudguard and were fitted with feifel dual air filters, a dust filter for the desert. I think this filter is like a pipe next to an engine grill.
I have been making military models as my hobby for a long time, and this is my first time making Tamiya Tiger Tank, so I think I am missing the point. Tamiya products are relatively easy to get if you live in Japan, so maybe it’s because there’s no need to stock them up and I didn’t have a chance to make them. Recently, some plastic models of Japanese manufacturers have disappeared from the market at all and I think there are more and more items that are sold out for a long time when I want to make them. I think it’s better to check mass retailers regularly and make sure when it’s time to buy. I am considering my storage space.
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.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. 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.