Tag Archive: Cavalier

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.


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.

The side and front plates were test fitted and I noticed some small problems. When attaching the sides, there are eight location points on the side plates but they would not line up so I had to sand the the front two off, in order to set the plates correctly. After the sides went on, I attempted to test fit the front plate and noticed the front section not aligning up. With a littlle pressure it fit nice and snug. I Then sanded the small details off the side plates such as the side skirt attachment points,so that the Zimmerit sheets will have a nice flat fit. As far as the the track fit I had no major issue,only that for me to fit it nice I left the two idler arms unglued,and in the photo you can see a plastic collar that I found in my stash and glued in on the end of the idler arms. This enabled me to make an adjustment for a nice fit of the tracks.

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