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Tamiya’s Sd.Kfz. 184 “Elefant”


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Elefant Pic 15

Final Photos

I will not go into any detail as I have in the past,but rather give a brief summary of the primary mediums that I used. I sprayed a primer /post shading coat of a mixture of Flouquil black and brown enamel. Set aside for two days.

I then sprayed a coat of Humbrol #125 US dark grey enamel.And then for the lower hull and tracks I sprayed Flouquil sienna for the earth base. Set aside for two days then sprayed with an enamel clear coat. After that was dry I applied my decals(Third Group).These markings depict Otto Carius of the
Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 (502 heavy tank battalion). This unit fought at the Leningrad front and then in the area of Narva, Estonia (Battle of Narva). 1943.

I then started wth the wash ,with the primary enamel colors of MIG dark wash and brown wash.I did a lot of custom mixing especially with the tracks.

I then applied a light dusting of flat enamel clear from Floquil. Again I let it set for two days. I then started with the MIG Pigments. I used various shades ranging from track brown to gun metal. At this stage there was a lot of experimenting for that right combination.

The chipping was done with Humbrol US dark grey and a mixture of white using a Princeton Round 20/0 brush.

For the hightlights I used Floquil Silver,MIG 502 Abteilung modeling oil color snow white and German Grey Highlight. The earth color was primarily MIG pigment of brown mud.

So this is a brief summay of the basic painting and weathering procedures that I used on this Acacemy Tiger Tank -Early Version Kit No.1386

This is Academy’s Tiger I Early Version. It was built SOB. The only exceptions were some of the tools,spare track links,etc. the barrel was from a Cavalier Set. The kit went together pretty  easy like I knew it would. I kept the one piece tracks,which are not “Fruils” my any means, but clean. Not a bad little kit.

The Weathering Process

After the painting of the turret, I then proceeded with the painting of the mounted tools,cables,spare track,etc. I Then applied a light coat of enamel clear over the entire model. Letting dry for two days, I then applied the decals. They were for Pz.Abt.508, Italy 1944. I then followed with the wash of MIG Brown Wash and MIG Dark Wash. I redid the tracks with the dark wash mixed with MIG Pigment Track Brown. I also redid the wheel assembly with dark followed with a brown wash. The hull and turret were done with the same combo of dark and brown MIG washes. On the steel tools cables I mixed some MIG Pigment Gun Metal with the dark wash for that steel effect. For the chipping I used a combo of Testor’s Model Master Enamel ROT RLM 23 Red and Humbrol Satin Grey Enamel 125. I then sprayed the complete model with a Flouquil Flat Enamel Clear,and let dry for two days. Once dried I drybrushed the tools and cables with silver as well with some of the edges of the hull and turret. I then drybrushed the the edges of the turret,hull and wheel assembly with Model Master Enamel Panzer Dunkelgelb one time around, and then lightened it up with some white. For the tracks,lower hull,and wheels I applied it with Hudson and Allen Earth. The barrel and exhaust areas were touched with black pigments,and the wood block was done with MIG Pigment Primed Red.

Now with the “tri-color”  laid down,and the turret completely assembled,I am getting ready for the paint process. The colors I used were that of Humbrol Enamels. They were #94 matt for the Dunkelgelb Basecoat. #21 Gloss Black for the post shading effect. #120 matt for the Olivgrün. And #160 matt for the  Schokoladenbraun. These colors are lighter,but with the wash and pigments, it should be ok.


Finally after locating the correct “Cavalier Zimmerit Sheets”. (CAV 131). Mounted the upper hull,and finished adding the detailed tools.  I am going to shoot a mixture of  Humbrol Brown and Black Enamel for the “Post Shading”. 


Tiger I is the common name of a German heavy tank developed in 1942 and used in World War II. The final official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E, often shortened to Tiger. It was an answer to the unexpectedly formidable Soviet armour encountered in the initial months of Operation Barbarossa, particularly the T-34 and the KV-1. The Tiger I design gave the Wehrmacht its first tank mounting the 88 mm gun, which had previously demonstrated its effectiveness against both air and ground targets. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable.
While the Tiger I was feared by many of its opponents, it was over-engineered, used expensive and labour intensive materials and production methods, and was time-consuming to produce. Only 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944. The Tiger was prone to certain types of track failures and immobilizations. It was, however, generally mechanically reliable but expensive to maintain and complicated to transport due to its overlapping and interleaved road wheels. In 1944, production was phased out in favour of the Tiger II.


Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E (Sdkfz 181)
Other designation: Tiger Tank, Tiger I
Type: Heavy tank

Manufacturer: Henschel, Krupp
Chassis Nos: VK4501 (H)
Production: 1298 units including prototypes and various variants from April 1942 to August 1944

Crew: 5 (three in turret)
Weight (tons): 57 (Combat weight)
50.5 (Transport weight)
Height (meters): 3.00
Length (meters): 6.32 (excluding gun barrel)
8.45 (including gun barrel)
Width (meters): 3.14 (with transport tracks)
3.72 (with combat tracks)
Engine: V12 Maybach HL 210 P45 (650hp)
V12 Maybach HL 230 P45 (700hp) – later variants
Gearbox: Maybach OLVAR OG 40 12 16 (8 forward and 4 reverse)
Speed (km/h): 38 (road)
20 (cross country)
Range (km): 125 (road)
80 (cross country)
Radio: FuG 5 and FuG2
Armament: 88mm KwK 36 (56 calibers)
1 hull MG 7.92mm
1 coaxial MG 7.92mm
1 commander’s hatch MG 7.92mm
Ammunition: 88mm – 92 to 120 rounds depending on modifications
7.92mm – 4800 rounds
Sight: TZF 9b later changed to TZF 9c
Armor (mm/angle) Front Side Rear Top/Bottom
Turret 100/8 80/0 80/0 25/81 later 40-45mm
Superstructure 100/0 80/0 N/A 25/90
Hull 100/24 60/0 80/8 25/90
Armor Type Rolled homogeneous nickel-steel plate electro-welded
interlocking-plate construction.

The Kit

■ SCALE 1:35
■ LOWER HULL LENGTH : 170MM (6.69″)


For me this kit went together very well,the flexible tracks that are included I didn’t care for so I opted to purchase the Academy Individual Tiger Tank I individual track set. The detail is not that bad,but it doesn’t stand next to Dragon for quality. I was still new at the modeling game,and still had a lot to learn. I built this kit in 1996.

During World War II, the German tank that was designated the Panzerkampfwagen VI-B Tiger II, or more commonly known as the “King Tiger” was a much feared weapon by Allied Forces, because of its powerful 88mm main gun and thick armor plate. Germany began development of this tank in February 1943, in order to counter the increasing threat of Russian tanks. During its development stage, both the Henschel and Porsche firms introduced rival prototypes that incorporated different turret configurations. The Porsche designed turret had a very distinctive shape, with a rounded front section and narrow shell, when compared to the rather angular Henschel offering. The turret frontal section armor was 100mm thick and 80mm for the side panels, and it mounted the Type 43 L71 88mm high velocity main gun. Power for this massive tank was from a Maybach HL230 P30 V-12 cylinder, liquid cooled engine developing 700 hp. Porsche had produced 50 turrets for their version of the tank prior to the official adoption of the Henschel model for mass production. Evaluation had revealed that the Porsche turret lacked armor thickness, and required complex tooling due to its rounded contour sculpturing. However, the superior performance of the tank allowed the completed Porsche turrets to be deployed to the front. When combined with the Henschel turret version, a total of less than 500 King Tiger tanks were ever available for combat.

This kit comes in a large tray and lid style box and contains six dark yellow sprues, the hull tub and upper body, both also moulded in dark yellow, and one black sprue that contains individual track links. Also included are two single length vinyl tracks, a sheet of decals, and a bag which contains a long bolt and nut, four vinyl polycaps, and a section of vinyl mesh.

The mouldings are the typical Tamiya quality which is to say that they are very good with no flash, and minimal clean up of mould seams. There are some injector marks to deal with but nothing that should detract from the kit overall. The detail is nice and sharp. It can be a little over simplified in places as is the Tamiya way, with some pieces being a little heavier than ideal but overall the finish is very good. The instructions are clear and easy to follow making assembly very easy.

The chassis consists of a single piece hull tub with individual parts for the suspension arms, which allows them to be easily articulated if desired to show the wheels passing over uneven surfaces. The tub has good detailing including the underside covers and the bumpstops. The roadwheels are each held on with separate hubs while the idlers and sprockets contain polycaps which allow them to be pushed into place and pulled off again, which makes removing the tracks for painting very easy. Again they all have very nice, sharp detail. The tracks, as mentioned, are single length vinyl “rubber band” style. Although they do look quite good they do lack the proper guide horns, being too short, and they lack the edge definition that you get with individual link tracks.

The upper hull is moulded as a single piece which when joined to the lower hull avoids one problem that afflicts many Tamiya kits, that being that this kit does not have open sponsons. The detailing is very nice and includes a three piece MG ball, periscopes for the driver and radio operator and seaparate hatches for the driver and radio operator, though these include no inner surface detail and if left in the open position there is no interior to be seen.

The hull includes some decent weld beads around the edges and small, recessed locator points for the mounting of the hull equipment so if you opt to leave any of this off, or change to aftermarket parts these will need to be filled. The tools are nicely done with moulded on clamps that could use a little fine detailing in the way of latches but are otherwise good. The cables are moulded plastic with all the mounting straps and cleaning rods also moulded as the same part.

Also included is a full sprue of individual track links, to be used as additional armour, togther with some slightly heavily moulded track hangers for mounting them to the sides of the turret.

The engine deck , grills and fan housings are moulded as part of the one piece upper hull. There is a separate engine hatch that can be positioned open if desired, although there is no real interior detail on it and four faint injector marks, plus of course no engine to be seen inside. A small sheet of vinyl mesh is included with which to form the wire mesh covers for the intke grills. This looks okay but the photo-etched sets look a lot better and can be picked up quite cheaply.

The turret is also one piece and includes the commander’s cupola moulded on, though the vision slots are left open. Like the upper hull this includes the major weld beads around the top edges. The commander’s hatch, loader’s hatch, and rear escape hatch can all be positioned open if wanted, though only the loader’s hatch includes internal detail, which is rather basic. There is a rudimentary interior for the turret which at least means if these are positioned open there is something inside to see. There is a choice between two styles of ventilator cover plus an optional MG34 with an anti-aircraft ring and mount.

A turret interior of sorts is provided in the form of the a reasonable representation of the gun breech, the loader’s and commander’s seats ( commander’s lower seat only ), and the shell racks in the rear of the turret. The shell racks are a bit thick and heavy and the gun breech and other detail is by no means highly detailed, nor comprehensive, but is sufficient for any “through the open hatch” views if this is built with the hatches open and figures in them.The aftermarket parts that I used, we’re Kirin Resin Zimmerit, Show Modeling photo etched set,and Tamiya’s individual link set for the King Tiger.

Overall the moulds are clean and easy to work with, the instructions clear and easy to follow. So if you just want a nice looking King Tiger that only has to impress yourself, then here it is. 

My patience is wearing thin with these suppliers. One is,in which I get no response whatsoever, I had been waiting since the week of Christmas. I then did some research and decided to go with Cavalier Model Productions,and they were just as BAD. Now I am going to try Roll Models Inc. I have my fingers crossed. I HAVE TO USE THE CAVALIER SHEETS,BECAUSE I HAVE THE SURFACE PREPPED.

Still the Cavalier Zimmerit Sheets has not arrived yet, so I am doing as much as I can. Here I added the on deck tools,and the Dragon photo-etched tool holders. I also installed the two large tow cables,using the braided steel wire that was provided. I decided to have the two engine fans exposed,with the two covers raised. Tommorrow if the sheets don’t show, I will weather the gun assembly and mount it in the turret.

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