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TOPIC: MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945)

MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 23 Apr 2017 18:33 #1

Hi guys! Here is my entry into the fray. This is the special edition King Tiger from Ammo of Mig. The plastic was done by Takom for Mig. I haven’t done a compare yet to see if it’s the same as the Takom tigers but I bet there are some common parts.



I wasn’t sure if we needed a time stamp for this one, but here it is just in case.



My plan is to build this out of the box as the July 1945 what if version. I haven’t decided on a paint scheme just yet.



Thanks for watching folks, more to follow.
Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 23 Apr 2017 19:50 #2

GYSOT! (get you some of that) :thumbsup
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 23 Apr 2017 19:54 #3

Fabulous stuff...nice!... :popcorn

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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 23 Apr 2017 23:17 #4

Interesting kit Mike! Most likely it is the plastic from the Takom kit and is repackaged for Mig. Nothing wrong with that as the Takom kits are quite nice. What would be interesting is what goodies were added or changed.

Speaking of Mig, does anyone know how his wife is doing? Always sorry to hear about that kind of tragic stuff.

I should pull out my Tiger as well but am leaning toward a shelf queen with wings.

Will be watching Mike! :thumbsup :popcorn
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 24 Apr 2017 08:09 #5

Nice of you to join in. The latter KT's had a base coat of dark green, with dark yellow and brown blotched over that, according to one of my books. Gary S.
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 24 Apr 2017 16:30 #6

Looks like a great kit :popcorn
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 24 Apr 2017 20:23 #7

Iron Mike wrote:
GYSOT! (get you some of that) :thumbsup

Hurrumpth... :drinks
I told you photobucket sucks...



"If you don't like it why don't you just let it be"
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 24 Apr 2017 20:57 #8

Ellie is doing well so far. Mig is supposed to have helped with the research for the King Tigers. This one probably has a lot in common but with new turret, rear deck, gun etc. I'll watch this with interest.
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 20 May 2017 23:39 #9

Hey everyone! I decided it was time to get moving on another build as my Ferrari is now into the body-painting phase which means small steps forward to the finish line. Since the plan is to build the Ammo King Tiger right out of the box, I felt this was a good second kit to occupy my time as I finish the car and then get started on the fairly detailed M113 build.

I have just a little bit of progress to show for today. I started on both the hull and the turret, to get an idea what I was dealing with. The kit is manufactured by Takom for Ammo, and as far as I can tell they used the common parts from their King Tiger series. I assume they used the parts from the Henschel turret KT without Zim, which is the kit I don’t have so I can’t really compare. The hull pieces all seem to be the same, they have all the locating points for the interior, which was not included in this boxing. It also builds up the same, with the scale thickness for the armor.

The first step of the kit is to add most of the tools to the upper hull half. I skipped this step for now. I plan to place this on a small diorama, and I am still not sure what the story is that I want to tell. If I go with the idea that the war went on a couple extra months but was still a lost cause, then this tiger would have been rushed out the factory door without any of the non-essential gear, like tools. The alternative is the option when the tides have changed and Germany is on the offensive, in which case they would take the time to send out fully equipped tanks. I’ll admit, I’m leaning toward the first option.

Geez a lot of words just to get to what I have done! Step two builds and adds the cover over the driver and radio operator. I decided to not build this as a subassembly, but instead add the hull roof and then add the hatches and ventilator once it was installed. I did it this way because, the parts are molded in a scale thickness. That makes the roof fairly thin, and flimsy. By attaching the hull roof first, I was able to get the part secured down and not have it warped anywhere. Then I added the remaining pieces to it. I also added the inside portion of the glacis plate. This builds up the thickness of the armor, but also has the mount point for the radio operator’s machine gun.



Next I moved on to the turret. I simply started adding parts. The sides and the rear wall are all molded together. Then you add the roof and there are two pieces sandwiched together for the front wall of the turret. The three posts on the turret roof, that I think are mounts for a jib crane are removed for the late versions of the turret. I also filled in the top mount points for the spare track holders as the July 45 version didn’t have these as they interfered with the new sights. Last think I did was to add the commander’s cupola.



My reference material on the King Tiger is pretty light, does anyone know if the cupola had a weld seam around the base where it meets the turret roof? I plan this to be out of the box, but I want to experiment with adding weld seams a little bit. Any help is appreciated!

Well that’s where I am. Its not a lot of progress yet, but I have a feeling this one will be going pretty quick.

Thanks for looking!
Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 21 May 2017 08:55 #10

I know nothing...:soldier
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 21 May 2017 18:42 #11

moon puppy wrote:
I know nothing...:soldier


:rotf I actually asked over at Armorama and apparently the late cupolas were bolted down. Moving on! :soldier
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 21 May 2017 23:23 #12

:popcorn
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