S u m m a r y
|Price:||US$23 or less|
|Advantages:||Comes with zimmerit, fairly good fit, good decals.|
|Disadvantages:||No crew figures, zimmerit a bit too thick.|
|Recommendation:||A good Tiger I kit - not up to the standard of the new Tamiya Tiger I, but cheaper and not even close as bad as the old Tamiya kit!|
C o n s t r u c t i o n R e v i e w
Italeri have come up with the idea of making zimmerit out of styrene sheet and to include it with their kits. The recent Italeri Panther Ausf.A and the Tiger I reviewed on Track-Link come with these zimmerit sheets. They're also available as a separate set.
The kit goes together fairly well, with the exception of the front hull plate and the turret zimmerit. Some basic interior turret detail is provided, including the gun-breech, turret seats and some stowage for the turret walls.
Take care assembling the fenders since they don't line up well. Also, let the turret zimmerit dry at least 2 days or it WILL pop off (alternatively it may be assembled with super-glue and accelerator). You will also need to thin the zimmerit sheets, fenders and the exhaust-covers.
Italeri provides link-and-length tracks with an ejector pin mark on each track block's inner face, but they look good when finished. Assembly around the drive-sprocket is a bit tricky, and dry fitting is essential.
The hull halves went together well, and no filler was needed. Be careful assembling the upper front-hull plate though, as it doesn't align well.
The decals responded well to Micro Sol, but need a flat over coat to seal them off and to hide the gloss (as always!)
I highly recommend this kit to anyone who doesn't want to pay over US$35 to get the new Tamiya Tiger I, and want's zimmerit on their Tiger I.
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