First of all, I would like to mention that this kit contains a lot of errors and in the following I will try to get a bit deeper into that. Because of the errors, some people may be scared off starting the build. "For that price trumpeter should have done better than that" is often heard. Well, I am sure that if they should do the model again, at least a lot of the errors would be corrected, but one should consider that they are the first doing a project like this. A company needs to make profit and I think that this kit is a good balance between quality and price.
If the choice would be between an extremely expensive kit, a kit with errors, or no kit at all, I think we may be glad they pulled it off. We can only hope that the kit proved to be a commercial success, leading to follow-ups, with less errors off course.
With only limited financial resources available and having obtained a very expensive kit, I knew that I was not there yet! Not having done any modeling in the past 30 years, I would have to start from scratch, which means having to start with a paint collection, getting an airbrush, learning to work with it and so on.
So, what follows here is a report on my humble efforts to make something out of a very difficult kit that is known to be way over beginners level.
This means that many beginner errors are likely to be made.
Soon, I realized that one of the first things to do was making a decision regarding the specific Tiger to be build. This is needed for the paint to be ordered and to adapt to changes made during production. Since I live near the Ardennes, one of the Tigers from that offensive it will be.
|German name||English name||RAL code||Vallejo code||Vallejo name|
|Glossy Blank||-||510||Glossy Varnish|
|Satin Finish - This is generally advised to use over German camouflage colours||-||522||Satin Varnish|
|Elfenbein||Ivory||1001||976||Buff - Vallejo 918 "Sand Beige" is generally advised. Mr. Joseph Zrodlowski made a strong point for the 976 colour on the ML KT forum to which I fully agree to be the correct original colour. It should be noted however that on a model it might be advisable to use a somewhat lighter colour because of scale effect.|
|Graugrün||Grey / Green||7008||880||Khaki Grey - To be used on German transmissions|
|Oxidrot||Red Oxide primer||3009||982||Cavalry Brown - Basic anti rust coating|
|Olivgrün||Olive Green||6003||890||Reflective Green - Ambush scheme|
|Dunkelgelb||Dark Yellow||7028||882||Middle Stone - Ambush scheme and basic paint layer|
|Rotbraun / Schokoladenbraun||Dark Brown||8017||872||Chocolate Brown - Ambush scheme|
|Gun Metal Grey||-||863||Gun Metal Grey|
The new Badger 105 patriot airbrush was chosen.
Should you want to contact me about this project: rob (at) panzer (remove this and join) basics (dot) com.