Tamiya Tiger I Mid Production 1/35 Tank Model Kit

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Tamiya Tiger I Mid Production 1/35 Tank Model Kit. To counter the Russian T34 tank threat, the German Tiger I heavy tank was placed into service during 1942. Despite its excellent overall design, there were the inevitable minor mechanical problems found in any newly developed equipment. In addition, some improvements were suggested by combat experienced crew members. The most crucial of these was the replacement of the turret commander's cupola. The original cupola was rather tall, and its vision ports used bulletproof glass that provided only a limited view. From July 1943 onwards, a new cupola with seven periscopes and a side pivoting hatch, plus an anti-aircraft machine gun ring mount was provided.

Starting in September 1943, a Zimmerit coating was applied to the vertical surfaces of the hull and turret, and a gun travel lock was added to the rear hull beginning from November. The two headlamps on the front hull corners were replaced with a single unit positioned at the center. In January 1944, the pistol ports on the turret side were eliminated. The large diameter rubber rimmed road wheels were still used, but the outer first road wheels were often removed, particularly on the Eastern front due to the muddy and snowy terrain. The Tiger I tanks produced from July 1943 to January 1944 featured these modifications, and are referred to as the mid production Tigers. About 470 units of these mid production versions were produced, and deployed mainly on the Eastern Front.

This product was added to our catalog on April 13, 2020

Monday, Oct 11 2021 (12 months ago)
Tamiya Tiger I Mid Production 1/35 Tank Model Kit
I built this kit for the first time many years back and I loved it. The detail was outstanding, I really liked the individual track links which weren't that hard to do. The commander has pretty good detail also. The details are fairly accurate and precise. There is VERY LITTLE flash and some minor seams, which will sand off easily. Now the box art shows Zimmerit on the tank, but it does not have it or come with it. Now there are several companies that offer after market Zimmerit such as Eduard and Verlinden to mention a few. But I highly recommend Tamiya easy apply Zimmerit kit and there after market grille kit, both easy to find on line. I like this kit so much I am going to buy it again soon. Great fit and easy to follow instructions as Tamiya is known for.