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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

The Build

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

The Kit

Hobby Boss has their kit molded mostly in tan plastic with the individual track links being done in black. The kit provides a detailed suspension and there is quite a bit of detail included inside the turret as well.

Five of the eight construction pages are dedicated to the construction of the turret and its various bits and pieces. You get the gunner’s and commander’s seats as well as the various radios and ammunition storage that was included in the turret. There is also a fully detailed gun breech.

The kit does include photo etch and that consists of three engine cover screens. For a tow cable, a nice length of brass wire is provided.

          The detail on this kit is very well done with high quality detailed  welded seams.

Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

History

Planning for the Tiger II started in May 1941, that is a whole year before the Tiger I went into production. By Fall 1942 / January 1943, designers started work on a new heavy tank that would eventually replace the Tiger I. Hitler wanted the new Tiger to be armed with a caliber 88mm, long gun and have 150mm frontal armor and 80mm side armor. Front and side plates were to be sloped and interlocked, a similar design to the Panther Sd Kfz 171.

Henschel and Porsche developed competing designs for the new vehicle. Porsche provided two projects that were based on the previous VK 4501(P) design and were designated VK4502(P). The first one, Typ 180 Turm Vorne (Turret Forward) A/B, had its turret mounted centrally, while Typ 181 Turm Hinten (Turret Back) A/B/C, had its turret mounted in the rear with a mid-mounted engine. Both designs shared the same chassis and hull, along with all the other components and gasoline-electric system of VK4501(P).

Construction of three prototypes was underway by February 1943. The turret and guns were designed by Krupp, the distinctively shaped ‘P2-Turm’ turrets which were designed for these vehicles have since been called Porsche Turrets. As production of these had already started the first 50 KingTiger were fitted with these. Unfortunately the large armoured ‘lip’ surrounding the turret ring on the Type-180 was not a feature of the Henschel design and resulted in a major shot trap below the mantlet. All later production King Tiger vehicles used the H3-Turm turret, commonly known as the Henschel Turret. It seems that one of the Porsche Type-180 vehicles may have been in operation since a Porsche Tiger with an 8.8cm L/71 gun is listed as part of the Panzer Kompanie Kummersdorf on March 1945. Virtually all operational Tiger II tanks, and prototypes were used at the end of the war.

 

 

 

 

 Hobby Boss 1/35 German VK4502 (P) Hintern

My Next Project

Cover Art

Hobby Boss 1/35  VK1602  Leopard

Final Shots

In these last pictures they are pretty self explanatory. After the chipping was done I did a very light drybrush of Testors Model Master Steel for some areas of wear. Did a pin wash, using MIG BrownWash,Light and Medium Rust. I then drybrushed the rear exhaust pipes with Mig Rust Pigments. The wheels and track, and lower hull received a dusting of various earth pigments. Well it’s a wrap.

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

Wash and Chipping

After the modulation process, I went and assembled the wheel and tracks. I sprayed the tracks with Testors Model Master Fieldgrau (RAL 6006) Did a wash with Mig Dark Wash (P220),then a wash with MIG Brown Wash (P221). I then lightly drybrushed with Testors Model Master Steel Enamel (1780). I did this after installing the links and doing a dry fit with the wheels. I rarely do this, I usally install it all at once,then start on the painting process. I did not really care for installing the painted tracks over the painted lower hull and wheel assembly,it was a real pain, I’m going back to the old install all and paint method. After finally finishing that ,I sprayed theTestors Glosscote Lacquer over the whole kit. When dried I did a wash using the MIG Brown,Dark Wash, and MIG Standard Rust (P411) and MIG Oil and Stain (P410) Wash. After allowing drying time I sprayed the Glosscote,let dry and proceded with the chipping. I used the Model Master Fieldgrau. I found out that when I apply a gloss clearcoat and the start the chipping , it works so much easier. The painting goes so smooth on a gloss surface,and if I am not happy with a certain area,I just use a brush thinned with Mineral Spirits. I let dry overnight and today I just finished spraying Testors Lacquer Dullcote.

 

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

Color Modulation

Here I started painting the Leopard. I used as a primer, Vallejo Black Primer. These can be seen in the previous series of photos.

Next I applied Testors Model Master Enamel RLM 23 Red Paint for the inside of the hull. For the inside of the turret I sprayed Testors Flat White Enamel. My next step was painting the hull ,wheels and turret with Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dunkelgelb RAL 7028.
After that I started the modulation process. What I did was use the same Dunkelegelb mixed with a little Tamiya Flat White Acrylic Paint to hit some of the areas to be highlighted. I then finished off with adding some more white,adding even more highlight.

I believe I achieved what I was shooting for,a modulation paint job for the Dunkelgelb, that I can say I am pleased with.

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

The Kit

The kit consists of 629 plastic parts, 432 of them are the individual track links, 27 Photo Etch parts and a decal sheet that includes several numbers and the typical Balkan cross. The reason for the rather high number of track pieces is the two guide horns are molded separately which of course need to be glued onto each track. The PE consists of smoke optional parts instead of using the plastic counter parts.

The tracks are molded in a brown color similar to Modelkasten products.This is probably the most labor intensive part of the kit. The track links supplied are individual with two attachment points to the sprue but also two extra tabs per link that needs to be removed. In addition, the two guide horns need to be added to the inside of each track

The quality of the parts is very good,it’s clean, with very crisp I detailing.I really love the detail in the weld seams.The major panels go together very nicely,with little or no trouble at all. The last build I did that fit this nicely was the Tri-Star Panther IV Ausf D.which fit just like a glove.

This kit was truly a joy to build.

 

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