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Old 01-19-2014, 08:27 AM
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Sd. Kfz. 181, Pz. Kpfw. VI, Ausf. E, Tiger I

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Well, as just described in my Nashorn update, there are reasons why the Nashorn is in parc fermé: one significant reason is a pile of super references, which I received from my modelling friend in the continental part of Denmark. A number of these focused on the Tiger, and as I happend to have a Dragon 1:35 Tiger - the much heralded kit released in 2006 - lying in wait on my shelf with kits still to be built, I started it up.

It is a nice kit with many details. I came across www.tiger1.info which has an abundance of corrections to many Tiger 1 kits, including the Dragon one(s). There are also some fit issues, but more on this later, as hopefully progress will come... On the hull the suspension is in place, and it is a nice touch that the torsion bars are actually working. Radiators are installed and the next step will be painting the interior. The engine is from the Tamiya "German tank engine maintenance crew set".

Now, this is a late Tiger, and as I understand it, ALL the late Tigers had Zimmerit applied to them. Hence I did buy an appropriate AM-set, namely the Eduard PE Zimmerit set. Well, having dry-fitted it, my enthusiasm, however, started to dwindle. As I also bought some Milliput a few years back, I tried the DIY-Zimmerit version. So far I made the mantlet and the front hull armour. Particularly the mantlet with all the small angled surfaces was a challenge.

See pictures. All comments are welcomed. Oh, by the way: this is my first DIY-Zimmerit ever. Be gentle...

All the best,

Jochen
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:31 PM
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Oh boy, soldiering on with that Zimmerit and here a small update: has applied to the front armour and the glacis plate. Made a quick dryfit of the Zimmerit-ted parts, including a mock-up with the (almost) assembled 88.

Making Zimmerit is not that easy - particularly for a first-timer - and I'm trying to keep the application down to roughly 0.5 mm and then pattern it.

Well, the first Tiger coming on but most likely not the last. So, should have more to practice on...

Well, will be interesting to see how this cat will look after some coats of paint. Comments are welcome!

Regards

J
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:24 PM
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Hi all

Well, having looked at the black DIY Zimmerit for some days, I decided that it was too thick. So what else to do but to get it off and try again.

Attached a couple of pictures of the process: small, very small, lumps of putty are drawn out over the surface by means of a curved knife (use an old blade...). The putty is then evened out with a moist toothstick. After some time to cure, the pattern is made. The idea is to let the putty cure just long enough that it doesn't stick to the pattern tool... Think the renewed attempt looks much more like the real deal.

And today I got my airbrush working and applied a coat of Vallejo surface primer RAL 8012 to the radiators and the fans around the engine compartment so I can get on with fitting in the engine. And a nice detail with the wooden decking installed over the upper fuel tanks on Tigers from April 1944 and onwards.

Put a coat on the front and rear as well as the mantlet and the gun to see how the DIY Zimmerit looks with a coat of paint. And yes, that is a non-penetrating hit on the front armour.. Well, I'm fairly happy. Now comes the side armour and the turret...

best regards

J
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:27 PM
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Hi all

a brief update: I've assembled the hull and been bending brass... and oh my, that took some time...

The April 1944 wooden decking installed over the top of the upper fuel tanks is just visible through the cooling air grates... don't know yet how to preserve that wooden colour when painting but will figure out.

many regards

J
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:54 PM
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zimm looks much better i think
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:26 AM
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I commend you on your choice to DIY on the zim. Now make sure you reference your photos and such as often Tigers had a different pattern on the turret then on the hull. Good job.

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Old 03-23-2014, 02:00 PM
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KuKŁiNsKi, Roy; thanks for your kind comments...

Been soldering on and as said, this is a first time DIY-Zimmerit job... but not the last. I still have a few German AFVs waiting to be put together and practice will be done. Not my last Tiger I either, I think. But overall, this Zimmerit-job has been fun and educational, I think.

For the last bit on this cat which were the hull sides and the turret, I had new tools to play with. Firstly, I picked up a common paint removal spatula at the nearest DIY centre - a small handle and a thin and flexible 7.5 x 3 cm steel blade. This will sell at around £ 1, so it is easy to come by. Secondly, an AFV Club Zimmerit applicator tool landed in the mail box - two different size wheels and a handle.

Attached some pictures to show the process: tools lined up - the gloves are necessary for mixing the two component Milliput. Once the putty has been thoroughly mixed, I sliced off a small lump (2nd picture) and by squeezing hard onto the spatula, the lump is dragged out into a thin coat of putty (lump in 2nd picture is all that's used in 3rd picture). There will be uneven areas and by means of a moist toothpick, the putty surface is smoothed out.

As seen in the 5th picture, I made two test applications on a piece of paper to determine when the putty has hardend sufficiently to use the Zimmerit tool: if too soft, the tool will take some off - if too hard, no imprint. I'm still learning when to roll the tool...

Finally in pictures 6 and 7 the finished Zimmerit application. It will need some sanding down here and there - and yes: the "nude" spot on the hull side will become an AT-impact...

Cheers

J
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:44 PM
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Hi all

Well, a few words to update this build: turret is almost there with a number of Voyager PE added. The cupola is not glued in place, as the periscopes are awaiting painting of the tank before they are installed.

And the tracks... oh my: this is Masterclub from Russia. Made from resin and numbering 220 individual links, each must have FOUR holes drilled up before the two different sized pins will fit (that is a total of 880 holes drilled... am I glad that I have a Proxxon... absolutely!). Each link also must have cleaned away a little edge from the casting process with a sharp blade.

So, did that take time..? Oh yes. Is it worth the effort and the price (€ 23.50)? I think so - it may not quite be Modelkasten quality, but it does render an impression of a solid and crisp Tiger tank track (95 and 96 links on the right and left side, respectively, I understand... ).

Well, MUCH more to deal with before even thinking about the paint job.

Cheers for now,

J
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Halløjsa Jochen

Looking really really good. Can see that you are moving on )

As for the tracks - well I wouldnt have had the patience to drill so many holes. I think I will stick to Fruill tracks in the future!

Your zimm really turned out nice, at least from what I can see in those small Pictures. I still cannot open them...

Well, keep posting )

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You absolutely made the right choice to start over on the zimmerit. It looks much better.
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