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Tiger 1 Ausf E

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Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausführung E by Tamiya (35216) has been reissued in 2008 as a ‚Limited Edition’ with added metal barrel, PE-meshes for the rear deck and pre-assembled (!) metal tracks by Friul.


The inclusion of Fruil tracks was the reason for me to build in a workable suspension provided by Atelier Infinite. At first I soaked the styrene which had to be removed inside the hull with glue by Revell. Its aggressive properties helped to soften the styrene enough that a simple knife was sufficient to cut it off. Then I fixed the resin parts using superglue with attaching the static parts first as it was simply easier. Finally I glued the moveable parts and assembled the upper hull onto the lower one.

First thing was to apply a prime coat, then I shaded edges, panel lines etc. with “Flat Black”(XF-1) and applied thinly the base colour “Dark Yellow”(XF-61). In accordance with Adam Wilder’s colour modulation I painted several sections like some of the Schürzen or the hatches of the upper hull with colours which are similar to “Dark Yellow” e.g. “Desert Yellow” (XF-60) or “Deck Tan” (XF-55). Next thing I did was to alter the base coat by applying small oil dots of yellow colours by Schmincke and MIG. Then I have filtered the edges only with oil paints “Prussian Blue” and “Karmin Red” by Schmincke.

The first fading effects were achieved by adding dots of white oil paint. A gloss coat followed to ease the washing followed. The mixture consisted of Tamiya’s enamel “Flat Black” (XF-1) and “Red Brown” (XF-64). I let the wash dry for a few hours, and then I used a soft brush and enamel thinner to remove some of the washing mixture which results in further fading to give the tank a more weathered look. The tracks were painted with “Flat Earth” (XF-52) and “Khaki Drab” (XF-51) and painted/dusted with oil paints and pigments mentioned below.

Then I began to weather the Tiger with oil paints “Light Mud”, “Industrial Earth”, “Shadow Brown”, “Buff” and “Wash Brown” by MIG. Finally I applied MIG-pigments “Europe Dust”, “Brick Dust”, “Concrete”, “Light Dust” and “Dark Mud”. These pigments were not only used to simulate dirt, they were also useful to post-shade edges and panel lines with e.g. “Dark Mud”.

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Awesome Build ! I also like the track work and detailing . milvehfan
MAY 16, 2009 - 02:35 PM
Marco, Excelent build!!! I especially like the working suspension and your painting style. Really like the color effects you have achived on the entire vehicle. . . just eye catching and realistic looking! I like the inset photograph of Albert Kerscher on the first image. . . nice touch. -Eddy
MAY 16, 2009 - 03:56 PM
Beautiful Big Cat Marco! Great work on bringing the suspension into the 21st century, not to mention the excellent paint job you have graced it with... Marvelous Marco, truly! Thanks for sharing! Phil
MAY 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM
Hello, thank you very much for watching and your kind and appreciating comments. Nice to see that you all enjoy this Tiger. Juan, unfortunately I have not got many additional details about the suspension apart from the small build blog where you can find some pics of the Atelier Infinite set's content.
MAY 18, 2009 - 11:37 PM
Hi Marco, Good job.. Great built, painting and weathering.. I think divisionzeichen is a PE Mask? Which item did you use? Gruß Özgür
MAY 19, 2009 - 12:54 AM
Hello Özgür, you are right - I have used a PE stencil Image Hosted by ImageShack.us for the Divisionsabzeichen as well as for the the turret numbers at the sides. Usually I try to use these stencils as often as possible on WW2 vehicles. Fortunately there are not many needed... Thanks for drop by.
MAY 19, 2009 - 01:25 AM
Great job there! Your pride shows in your work.
MAY 19, 2009 - 06:28 PM
Great works! Greg
MAY 23, 2009 - 10:02 PM
Look very good
MAY 24, 2009 - 03:51 AM
Thank you again for all your feedbacks.
MAY 24, 2009 - 11:03 AM