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Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger PaK.80 (L/66)


The German Jagdtiger tank destroyer was the super heavyweight of WWII armored vehicles. It was 10.65m long from the tip of its powerful gun muzzle to the outlets of the rear exhausts, and it was a massive 3.6m wide. The Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger entered service in late 1944, and it served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts, with around 80 or so produced.

Although these vehicles were armed with a lethal 12.8cm PaK 44 L/55 gun, the Jagdtiger’s enormous bulk impacted severely on its mobility, meaning it could only hope to reach a maximum speed of 22mph @ best.

The Jagdtiger suffered from the same problems as Koenigstiger, because of its great weight and high fuel consumption that made it extremely slow. Jagdtiger’s breakdown problem was never solved and many were abandoned or blown up by their crews to prevent them from being captured intact by the Allies.

A proposal was made by Krupp engineers to replace the PaK.44 with the even more powerful (and heavy) 12.8cm PaK.80 L/66 gun. The weight of the extended barrel would have been too much while traveling and would have torn the mountings off the vehicle and would have required that the entire gun be retracted for travel, with the breech assembly hanging over the rear engine deck. This was only a proposal.

The Build

This kit is no different than Dragon’s other Jagdtiger kits, except there is the L/66 barrel, packaged along with the L/55. The molding is clean and there is minimal flash on any of the parts and requiring only a few needed minor cleaning
There are a few minor sink marks that weren’t an issue, and a considerable amount of flash on many of the parts. There is some nice textured detail on the cast iron gun mantlet and the texture of the rolled steel on the upper hull as well as good bolt head detail on the road wheels and sprockets.

Overall fit of all the part was quite good, and no major filling or sanding was required. I was very satisfied with the quality and ease of fit. I built it right out of the box, except for some resin tie downs.

I used the AK Interactive Dunkelgelb Modulation Set, applied over a coat of Vallejo Acrylic German Red Brown Primer. I painted the tools and details with wood and grey also from Vallejo Acrylics. The tracks were painted a dark grey, mixed with a little brown. I then sealed it off with Vallejo Gloss Varnish. Waited two days for the wash to be applied.

I used AK/Interactive and AMMO of Mig Jimenez. I used a wide range of colors. Primarily AK’s Dark Yellow Wash, Rust Streaks, Wash for NATO Camo Vehicles, and Burnt Rust Red Pigment. Representing AMMO of Mig Jimenez, I used Light Rust Wash, Tracks Wash, and for the pigments I used AMMO Black Pigment, Medium Rust Pigment, Light Rust Pigment, European Earth Pigment and Gun Metal Pigment.

I used a mixture of Vallejo Brown and Black for the chipping. I used Testor’s Model Master for highlighting the parts of the machine gun and cables, on board tools and extensive wear edges.

It’s good to be back at my site. I have been very busy, going back to school and in my second year in college. I’m going for my major in Zoology. For the next couple of weeks, I will be working on my description, for now I am going insert several photos of my latest “build.” 

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I won’t say very much except for the fact this kit was a “sweet build”. I added Legend resin backage for that gritty look. I know the movie had many flaws but damn I just had to do it. Even though this sited is dedicated to German AFV’s I had to do it. Enjoy.


Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz






Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz
The Build

As I was building this Trumpeter Bergepanzer IV, I had an issue with the crane posts. But I found that the CMK/Tamiya kit had the exact parts I needed. So I used the Tamiya upper and lower hull, the road wheels, idler wheels, drive sprockets and the much needed PE details.

I already had the Tamiya Panzer parts. So I bought the Verlinden FlakPanzer 3cm KugelBlitz Turret and built it into a Panzer IV Kugelblitz. For the tracks, I used Voyager German Pz.III/IV 40cm Normal Tracks Middel Patten B.
This Panzer IV Ausf H was the third Panzer IV they introduced in 1975 I believe,and the only thing new was the box art.

Tamiya kits have a reputation for ease of build. Construction of this kit should be fairly straight-forward. If you are less experienced as a modeler, it is an ideal kit to start with, and will turn out nicely. If you are more advanced, there are a variety of aftermarket products available to meet every skill level.

It went together very nicely and the fit was great. Adding the aftermarket parts was no problem, I just had to fill the tool mounting holes, where the stock tools would of been installed.

Also the hole for the turret,had to be widened so that the Flakpanzer would fit nicely.
The verlinden turret is a very fine quality item. There is little cleanup to be done,and the quality of the resin is right on. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. I then primed the turret and the hull with a dark grey automotive primer, that went on great ,dried fast,and sanded great.

On the Hull I sprayed Tamiya’s Light Tan, then set aside for about 20 minutes and started with the chipping process.

I used Verlinden Acrylics, AK Interactive Washes, and Mig Pigments. I can say that I a very pleased with the outcome.

Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz


The Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz (ball lightning) or abbreviated Flak Pz.Wg IV was a Wehrmacht self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed during the Second World War. However by the end of the Second World War, only a small production run of 2 units had been completed. Unlike earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, it had a fully enclosed, rotating turret.

The need for a specialised self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, capable of keeping up with the armoured panzer divisions, had become progressively more pressing for the Wehrmacht Armed Forces, as from 1943 on the Luftwaffe was to a lesser extent unable to protect against opposition fighter bombers.

Consequently a large number of makeshift and specially designed self-propelled anti-aircraft guns were built, many on the Panzer IV chassis, starting with the Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen and progressing through the Wirbelwind and Ostwind models. The Kugelblitz was the final development of the Flakpanzer IV.

The first proposal for the Kugelblitz envisioned mounting a modified anti-aircraft turret developed for U-boats on the Panzer IV chassis, which was armed with dual 30 mm MK 103 Brunn guns (a configuration known as Doppelflak, “dual flak”). This was however abandoned as impractical, as development of this gun had not yet been completed, and in any case the entire production run of this gun turret was reserved for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine.

The most advanced feature of the Kugelblitz was its fully enclosed spherical turret. The sphere was attached at its sides to a protective mantlet, and could rotate vertically, while the mantlet and entire turret could rotate horizontally.

Alternatively, the 3 cm MK 103/38 twin gun, a twinned mount version of the 3 cm MK 103/38, was used, which had also been fitted to the Henschel Hs 129 and Dornier Do 335. The rate of fire of the twin 3 cm MK 103/38 was 450 rounds a minute per gun.

It had been hoped that the Kugelblitz would enter series production in February 1945, but by then only the five (or possibly only two) prototypes had been built due to the cancellation of Panzer IV production. Interest then switched to a similar vehicle which would have seen the Kugelblitz turret mounted on a Hetzer, but work on this design only began after November 1944, far too late for anything to come of the idea.

It is also unclear what happened to the few Kugelblitzes which were built; some sources say that they ended up being used in the Battle of Berlin.

One Kugelblitz was also involved in the fights near the town of Spichra, Thuringia, where it was destroyed and remained buried in the Spatenberg hill until its excavation in 1999.

Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

  The Pictures











Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

The Build

The kit itself appears to be very crisp in detail,not many parts,but they looked clean and I test fitted several of the main panel sections. The areas that obviously stood out to me was,those god awful “rubber band tracks”, the barrel with the seam that travels along the whole length of the barrel, after you glue the two halves together,and the absence of engine screens. The decals are rather lifeless.

I went ahead and started with the wheel assembly,lower tub,rear panel, they went together very nice, the running wheels didn’t look that bad,had some nice details in the bolt pattern. I went ahead and prepped and painted the lower tub ,and painted the wheels using a circle template you get at any art store.

I then attached all the road weels,left and idler and drive sprocket to rotate for easier acceses for installing the tracks. I had to do this one on a budget, after getting their coat of black primer, then some gray , I sprayed a gloss clear coat ,so the next day I can apply a wash of AK’s track rust. I let dry for a day then applied a light European earth pigment and dry brushed it with MIG pigments gun metal,and some Model Master Enamel Silver.

When that was dry I installed the two sections of track that were alreay connected using cyanoacrylate. Carefully working around the idler and drive sprockets,it went very nicely. Did some weathering inside the road wheel assembly with oils and pigments, before it got to cramped inside the wheel compartment.

I next mounted the upper hull assembly and the clumsy looking 88 was replaced by a aftermarket barrel from RB Models, a company in Checkoslovaia who does kick ass work for a reasonable price,even with shipping.

Now that everthing is coming together left only the small parts like tools,hatches,handles,exhaust, photo etched motor and heater intake grills.

Now for the Prepping ,Primer and Paint. I first sprayed a mixture of Vallejo Acrylic German Red Brown and Black for the primer coat. I then used MIG Ammo Dunkelgelb dark base and Dunkelgelb base for the lower halves,and Dunkelgelb Light Base for the upper halves. These were paints that I have from the Dunkelgelb Modulation Set.

I then sprayed AK Acrylic Olivgrun , and Rotbraun I pulled from the “Olivgrun and Rotbraunn Modulation Set”, from AK.
I was able to apply the modulation process with all three camo colors. After a day and a half of letting the acrylic gloss clear coat dry enough to continue with the project.

Much of the tools were painted off the vehicle,as well as the two cables on each side. By the way the plastic cable from the kit was cut off and each eyelet had a small hole drilled with a pin vise,and installed a thick thread into each end with a little cyanoacrylate. It worked out just great. I mounted them ,and applied the wash, I used several types and brands to get the effect I wanted. Then on with the chipping, and some pigments, and did a final walk around,and I was pleased.

Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

The Kit

This kit, which was first produced in 1996, corresponds to the basis of the 35174 and 35176 kits, which are also available.

As with the Panther and Panzer III kits already presented on model versions, all components are also sprayed cleanly and burr-free in this kit.

Again, only a few ejection points in later visible areas are given a little more attention. As usual, detailing and accuracy are still good, despite the “high” age of this kit. n the body of the degree of integration is relatively high, and the ease of the fitting of parts. The body of the welding wire and cutting marks are very beautiful. The details of the wheels, such as road and drive wheels are very crisp.

The tracks are that of Tamiya’s rubber band one piece conctruction,which are relatively nice,but not exceptional. No photo etched parts are included,and the gun barrel seems to be rather clumsy looking, so I purchased a aftermarket barrel and muzzle from R/B models from Eastern Europe and engine screens from Tamiya.

Overall the kit went together very nicely, and sections fitted very easily together. Again the detail,remember this is Tamiya, is excellent.
Both for beginners and advanced model builders they can create a very accurate model.


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