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TOPIC: MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945)

MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 25 May 2017 10:09 #13

Ausgezeichnete Arbeit, Sir

That's Excellent Work in 'Murican~!
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 25 May 2017 14:24 #14

:popcorn Gary S.
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 29 May 2017 01:56 #15

Hi guys! I am making progress on my Tiger, but I have a couple of questions that hopefully someone can answer for me. There is a seam where the rear plate and the belly plate come together. I found a picture that shows this on the tank, but I can’t tell if there is a weld there or not. Does anyone know? Here is what it looks like on my build.



The second question, I think I know, but am looking for confirmation. The drive sprocket was a single cast piece with the tooth rings bolted on, correct? Basically, this seam should not be here…



Thanks for the help guys! I should have some more progress up soon!

Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 29 May 2017 09:16 #16

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Here's one look at it. :good
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 30 May 2017 06:57 #17

don't look welded and I do not know about the wheel
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 01 Jul 2017 14:37 #18

Hello again everyone! I didn’t realize its been so long since I posted any progress here. Time to change that!

First up I added all the suspension arms, drive housing and the rear hull plate to the lower hull. Everything fit just fine. The torsion bars are included in the box, but they are not intended to be installed and since the parts for the interior are not included there really isn’t anywhere to mount them.



Next I painted the periscopes because they need to be installed from the inside. I used MIGs periscope green which is a “clear” green color, painted the back of the periscopes in chrome silver and then the rest of the housing in flat black. I also painted the top of the hull and the inside of the periscope covers in MIG’s Reseda Green Option 2 from their late war German colors set. Once the periscopes and the hull mounted MG42 were installed I assembled the hull.



Next step was the engine deck. This particular version has a different layout then the production King Tigers, including armored louvers and a three-door engine access hatch. The kit breaks up the deck into the left side, right side and the middle.



I primered the left and right side and then also painted them in the base green. This was a lesson from a previous build where the plastic color was visible under the etched grills.

I completed the engine access covers before installing the pieces on the hull. The kit has no handles for the engine doors, which seemed odd to me, so I made some out of brass using my grab handle tool.



I ran into a bit of an issue when I tried to install the engine deck. First off the instructions would have you install the center section first and then the left and right sides. The side pieces however, have a ridge that is supposed to go under the center part, I assume to support it. I decided to install the sides first, to avoid having to force this all together. I also found that the left and right sides are too long to fit in the hull, as you can see in the photo below.



After some work with the sanding sticks, mostly on the rear hull portion, I got them both to fit and didn’t need to use any filler!



And then I slide the center part into place without any issues and added the photoetch grills included in the kit.



The all the tools, and other fittings where added to the hull.



Lets talk about the tracks. The kit includes link and length tracks. The detail is actually pretty good, but I have always had issues with link and length so I went searching for some aftermarket tracks. This tiger, like the last production version, has the 18 tooth sprocket and the single link tracks, unlike the earlier version with the two separate link types. The only aftermarket ones I could find are from Fruil, and they aren’t even marketed for the Tiger at all. They are, as far as I can tell, the correct type so I went with them.



I ended up making a small jig to cut the track pins and then went to assembling them. Overall not to complicated. The tracks for the right side required almost no clean up, but I had to drill out the holes and sand off some flash on the left side. I purposely made them a couple links too short, and I will fix the length once the suspension is on and secured.



I ended up getting a coat of primer on the hull yesterday and plan to lay down the green today. Hopefully I’ll put up an update later today.

As always – questions and comments are welcome – and thanks for watching.

Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 01 Jul 2017 15:08 #19

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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 01 Jul 2017 21:35 #20

:soldier
I told you photobucket sucks...



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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 01 Jul 2017 21:49 #21

Great work! Neat stuff, glad to see you posting this Sir!

Skinny_Mike wrote:
Hello again everyone! I didn’t realize its been so long since I posted any progress here. Time to change that!

First up I added all the suspension arms, drive housing and the rear hull plate to the lower hull. Everything fit just fine. The torsion bars are included in the box, but they are not intended to be installed and since the parts for the interior are not included there really isn’t anywhere to mount them.



Next I painted the periscopes because they need to be installed from the inside. I used MIGs periscope green which is a “clear” green color, painted the back of the periscopes in chrome silver and then the rest of the housing in flat black. I also painted the top of the hull and the inside of the periscope covers in MIG’s Reseda Green Option 2 from their late war German colors set. Once the periscopes and the hull mounted MG42 were installed I assembled the hull.



Next step was the engine deck. This particular version has a different layout then the production King Tigers, including armored louvers and a three-door engine access hatch. The kit breaks up the deck into the left side, right side and the middle.



I primered the left and right side and then also painted them in the base green. This was a lesson from a previous build where the plastic color was visible under the etched grills.

I completed the engine access covers before installing the pieces on the hull. The kit has no handles for the engine doors, which seemed odd to me, so I made some out of brass using my grab handle tool.



I ran into a bit of an issue when I tried to install the engine deck. First off the instructions would have you install the center section first and then the left and right sides. The side pieces however, have a ridge that is supposed to go under the center part, I assume to support it. I decided to install the sides first, to avoid having to force this all together. I also found that the left and right sides are too long to fit in the hull, as you can see in the photo below.



After some work with the sanding sticks, mostly on the rear hull portion, I got them both to fit and didn’t need to use any filler!



And then I slide the center part into place without any issues and added the photoetch grills included in the kit.



The all the tools, and other fittings where added to the hull.



Lets talk about the tracks. The kit includes link and length tracks. The detail is actually pretty good, but I have always had issues with link and length so I went searching for some aftermarket tracks. This tiger, like the last production version, has the 18 tooth sprocket and the single link tracks, unlike the earlier version with the two separate link types. The only aftermarket ones I could find are from Fruil, and they aren’t even marketed for the Tiger at all. They are, as far as I can tell, the correct type so I went with them.



I ended up making a small jig to cut the track pins and then went to assembling them. Overall not to complicated. The tracks for the right side required almost no clean up, but I had to drill out the holes and sand off some flash on the left side. I purposely made them a couple links too short, and I will fix the length once the suspension is on and secured.



I ended up getting a coat of primer on the hull yesterday and plan to lay down the green today. Hopefully I’ll put up an update later today.

As always – questions and comments are welcome – and thanks for watching.

Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 01 Jul 2017 21:54 #22

This help any?


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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 02 Jul 2017 18:16 #23

iambrb wrote:
Great work! Neat stuff, glad to see you posting this Sir!



Thanks! I'm happy to be back at it.

Mike
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MIG Late King Tiger (July 1945) 02 Jul 2017 18:17 #24

jknaus wrote:
This help any?


h474f153.jpg



hec7d209.jpg



James

Yes actually! Thanks!
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