Sd.Kfz. 267/268 Befhelswagen Tiger I - Mid Production
"WHITE A" Command Tank of Battalion CO Major Eric Schmidt - Knights Cross
Russia - June 1944
The vehicle modelled is from the s.Pz.Abt.507 (Heavy Panzer Battalion), which saw
extensive service with Tigers on the Eastern Front from 1943-45. It represents the
Major Eric Schmidts (the Battalion COs) mount, "White A", around
mid-June 1944, and is based on 3 photos of it seen earlier during April forming up for the
initial assaults on Tarnapol. Ive chosen to depict it a couple of months later so as
to show him with his Knights Cross earned for the heavy fighting around this sector.
This vehicle ("A"), was one of the 3 Battalion HQ Staff Tigers of 507 (the
others being "B", and "C"). As such it wears the extra aerials carried
for the command net radios. Oddly it has 4 instead of the common three, with an extra one
on the LH hull top. The associated spare aerial storage tube is seen located on the rear
plate with the "C" hook towing clevis repositioned on an angle to accommodate
It is an earlier production mid from around the December 1943 batch. While
zimmerited, it has the following distinguishing features:
- early pattern tracks
- has an early pattern mantlet type without the reinforcing over the gunners sights,
which appears common on HQ vehicles maybe saving the newer style up-armoured ones
for standard straight battle tanks
- as a command vehicle the mantlet coax MG port was plated over and welded up as was the
loaders roof scope (to allow a map table and extra radios to be fitted inside)
- carries the old Feifel air cleaner bracket mounts and plated engine hatch cover
- has the early style radiator overflow plug on the engine deck and repositioned engine
hatch hook and stay
- has a pistol port plug on the turret LHS rear
- carries an extra (first aid?) stowage box, attached to the LHS of the main turret bin
- doesnt have the Navertiedigungswaffe close-in defence weapon fitted to the turret
- has a gun travel lock on the rear RHS hull corner
- carries the early 15 ton jack
- doesnt yet have the blowtorch starter port on the rear plate
- has the mounting points and conduit for the early position for the Bosch headlight on
the front LHS corner of the hull top, but has it retrod into the later position on
the centre of the glacis plate
- a unique feature seen on another of 507s Tigers (221), was added in the form of
two neatly cut out notches in the commanders cupola hatch to allow the use of the
scissors scopes through the holes when it was closed, which would make sense for an HQ
vehicle such as this if it was a unit mod seen on other command Tigers
Work done to Tamiya kit MM-35194:
1. LOWER HULL
- Zimmerit added using Tamiya putty and a razor saw
- Triangular-shaped piece of zimmerit cut out on both front and rear plates for 507
battlion logo shield
- Kit Late pattern ind. link tracks replaced with Academy Earlies
with each soild guide tooth drilled open at bases
- Front outer road wheel on each side left off as per photo and optional kit hub flanges
added this was a common practice in the field due to mud and/or ice build-up often
jamming them against the drive sprockets
- Weld beads added around transmission final drives, hull nose interlocks and front plate
- Small front fender securing toggles and brackets added from strip, rod and lead foil
- Front fender side flap retaining brackets added from strip and lead foil bracket with
Anvil Miniatures wing nuts
- Two circular hull lifting points behind front fenders drilled through
- 5 screw holes added to top of drivers visor shot deflector
- Machining marks scribed into top of drivers visor and onto edges
- Shovel given bracket clamp handles from lead foil and styrene strip mount
- Bosch light heavily detailed with solid base cut open, 2 bolts added to underside, 6 to
blackout cover, and some to sides and rear from p&d styrene discs, thin securing wire
added to rear of light body in an "L" angle and main conduit added from lead
- Ball mounted hull MG barrel drilled out at muzzle, and cooling slot scribed into top and
bottom with 2 holes drilled as well and serrated notches cut into rear barrel collar
- Horseshoe good luck symbol welded to glacis plate from Historex
- kit track changing cable on LH hull side bent into shape to match photos plus given
small securing pegs on cable eye brackets
- 2 engine deck tarp tie down points added to rear hull sides from 10x20 thou strip and
fine wire formed into shape
- Blow torch starter port cut off lower LHS of hull rear plate
- Late 20 ton kit jack converted back to early model 15 ton type with new plain base plate
made from strip and various details added incl. bolts, mounting brackets and handles etc.,
from styrene and wire
- Tow pintle on rear plate drilled through and detailed up with tow pin and eye bolt with
Campbells 36 link per inch chain
- Starter crank given bolt where handle attaches from styrene punch & die disc, plus
two lead foil bracket clamp handles
- Starter crank guide plate between exhaust pipes detailed up and converted back to an
early one, with wire, styrene p&d discs, Grandt Line GL-15 & GL-127 bolt heads,
and an Anvil Mins. resin wingnut
- Armoured exhaust covers given two lifting bolts and cast numbers
- Exhaust guards thinned out and ejector pin marks removed
- Missing Rear Fender on RHS, so filled in locator hole with zimmerit and added 3 hinge
plates from strip and rod
- Moulded on simplistic rear convoy light replaced with separate Tamiya one from Pz.IV OVM
- Spare command aerial stowage tube made from cotton bud shaft with p&d discs for end
caps and stretched sprue hinges on strip mounting plates with p&d hex nut
- Bucket from old Tamiya Pz.IVH with new handle from copper wire
- "C" hook tow clevis mounted on angle with stepped lock hole drilled into rear
and given 2 Anvil Mins wing nuts
2. UPPER HULL
- 4 Ammo boxes and gurtsacks added to bow gunners sponson
- Old position of Bosch light on front LHS corner of hull top replicated with 4 small
screw holes drilled in and lead solder wire cable added with lead foil bracket and rod
conduit with Grandt Line conical rivet on it.
- Tool bracket clamp handles added to sledge hammer plus strip bracket
- "C" hook tow clevis detailed by drilling out stepped rear lock hole and adding
Anvil Mins. resin wing nuts
- Shovel given strip bracket and p&d bolts plus strip brackets and foil clamp handle
- Jack block detailed with p&d discs, strip corner brackets and new handle on front.
Missing wood grain also scribed into ends.
- Axe given new bracket at head from strip and 2 lead foil bracket clamp handles
- Bolt cutters given strip rear bracket with p&d bolts plus a lead foil clamp handle
- Drivers and Radio Ops hatches heavily detailed with ejector pins removed,
interior springs and detailed hinge arm added, numerous bits of strip, bolts, and wing
nuts plus v.fine scope springs from wire wound round a rod. Welds added to scope guards on
- Tow cables replaced with 7 strand brass picture wire inserted into drilled ends to allow
the longer length of the early ones to be replicated
- Gun cleaning rods between the cables added from styrene rod with smaller rods added to
ends for screw pegs that join them
- New brackets added over the cable and rods with strip and p&d bolts and Anvil
- 4 missing engine deck cable brackets added from same
- Engine hatch breather cover plate stowage bracket added on LHS from strip
- strip brackets added to crowbar with lead foil clamp handle
- 2 aerial mounts added on LHS from resin copies for FuG 6 & 7 radio sets. Each given
small Anvil wing nuts on their necks. A 1.4m FuG 7 Stabs Aerial was added to one mount
from an industrial light globe filament
- 1.3m FuG 8 crows foot aerial added to RHS with resin mount inside an armoured pot made
from a cut down paint brush tube. Again with small Anvil wingnut added to shaft of aerial.
The arms of the spoked crows foot were formed in a jig off actual German T.M. specs.
Finally a Grandt Line GL-127 securing bolt head was added to centre of umbrella
- Tamiya photo-etched engine deck screens added (MM-35179)
- 6 engine deck tarp tie downs added from 10x20 strip and fine wire
- Feifel air cleaner brackets and mounts added from strip
- Raised engine hatch breather cover was replaced with early style flat bolted plate
fitted when Feifel system was removed, done in styrene
- 3 digit cast no.s added to hinged schnorkle cover plate housing from
photo-etched brass numbers
- fire extinguisher detailed with strip bracket, foil data plate strip nozzle, stretched
sprue buckle & tongue on retaining straps
- As part of the turret walls are visible past the legs of the figures, the following
items were added clockwise from LHS for a partial interior:
- Map table on RHS of gun from styrene with VP map, 2 sprue pencils, lead foil set square,
ruler and pair of compasses, and strip eraser
- Steel stowage box on wall
- Binocular case
- Map case
- RHS vision block
- 3 Autemschlauch "breathing tubes"
- Gas cape pouch and MG spares box
- FuG 5 radio set transmitter and receiver with solder wiring
- Map and traffic control paddle on top of radio
- Gasmask case
- 2 water bottles and canteens
- Escape hatch locking bar and "T" handle
- MP-40 ammo pouches
- Stowed MP-40
- 4 Steel bins
- Ammo box
- Rolled tarp
- Breech guard from wire
- Recuperator housing
- COs triangular seat back from styrene
- 4 MG ammo gurtsacks
- Gasmask case
- Pistol port plug, chain and securing point
- MP-40 ammo pouch
- Map case
- Flare pistol holster
- Ammo bin for flare pistol
- Steel stowage bin
- Muzzle brake given 2 internal baffles from styrene rings, 2 small notches cut into edges
of muzzle opening for cross hairs, securing bolt added to neck of brake from strip and GL
bolt head, 4 notches cut into neck of collar, plus in step halfway down barrel
- 3 lots of 2 small screw holes drilled into barrel sleeve at 10, 2 and 6 oclock
- Armoured reinforcing over gunners sight holes on mantlet ground away so face was smooth
as per the earlies
- Coax MG aperture on RHS covered with a styrene disc and zimmerited over
- Top cut out on mantlet rear face reshaped with motor tool so round cornered
- Small elevation stopper peg added to rear face of mantlet with rod
- 2 holes drilled in lifting trunnion housings on forward sides
- Model Kasten spare Tracks and support mounts added to sides with track pin holes all
drilled out and wire pins inserted into a few links
- Wire handles added to tops of track holder brackets and strip added to the front edges
- Unusual stowage box added to left side of turret bin
- Missing latches added to rear of turret bin from Scale Model Accessories set, fine wire
and padlocks from strip and wire
- Hinges added to lids of turret bin with fine sprue scribed with 3 lines
- Small rivets added around top edge of bin sides with tiny dabs of superglue
- Weld bead added around roof/side wall join with putty and white glue
- Loaders scope plated over inside guard
- Weld added around loaders scope guard with pyrogravure
- Strips added round ventilator housing for waterproof cover securing clamps
- Armoured lock cover added to centre of loaders hatch from 2 p&d discs drilled
out and 4 sprue bolts
- Locking mechanism added to inside face from strip and GL bolt heads, bracket added from
strip, pull down handle from wire, and hinge arm cut from strip. Padlock bracket added to
hatch surround from small piece of drilled strip
- FuG 5 2m aerial added to roof behind loaders hatch with resin mount and wire
aerial with Anvil wing nut on neck
- Scopes added to COs cupola from resin copies of Tamiya Panther G ones
- Weld beads added round each scope guard with pyrogravure
- 2 thin brass tubes added to cupola for mounting rangefinder/scopes and/or rain guard
- Triangular hatch stopper added to front lip of cupola opening from strip
- Scissors scopes from Tamiya StuG IIIG with GL bolt head added to inside or arms for
- Armoured guard round hatch hinge from cut down tube and strip
- The cupola AA-MG mount was scratch-built from about 57 pieces of strip, rod, brass rod,
brass strip, and GL bolts etc. The machine gun itself is made from a resin copy of a
perforated jacketed Cal-Scale MG-34 with its butt removed and recoil spring peg added, cut
in half and mated to armoured sleeve type barrel from one in the Tamiya Pz.IV OVM set. A
Tamiya p-e ring sight was added from the engine grill set. The Gurtsack ammo bag is a
resin copy of a Jaguar one with an Andrea ammo white metal ammo belt bent to shape.
- COs cupola hatch was detailed with weld bead up sides, scribed and undercut at the
top of the arm (as it could rotate), head pad detail was added on the underside with
styrene discs, strip and GL bolt heads, and finally two neat notches were drilled out as
per ref. photo to enable the scissors scopes to be used even when the hatch was closed
4.1 Commander (Major Eric Schmidt):
re-worked at collar with knife and putty to fit a Armour Accessories plastic
Shoulder boards for major from Show Modelling figure p-e accessories set (No.58) with
p&d styrene disc buttons.
Lapels and collars undercut for sharpness.
Square strip collar patches added.
Armour Accessories chest eagle on LHS.
Small lapel button from small p&d disc.
Lead foil Iron Cross ribbon to lapel.
Campaign ribbons on chest from strip.
Throat mike vol. control cut off another Dragon fig.
German Cross in gold on RHS and wound badge on LHS from Verlinden Ger. Soldiers p-e set.
Officers belt from Show Modelling Photo-etched set.
Holster from Tamiya Ger. Tank Crew at Rest set.
Right arm parts box/putty with hand from Tiger kit CO.
Left arm old Tamiya Tiger II Radio Op. with p&d disc watch and lead foil
Legs Dragon Tank crew reworked to fit torso and puttied up.
- Head Hornet smiling bare head, with officers cap from the old Tamiya Flak
Crew set, hollowed out with a motor tool till it fitted over the head. Phones from Dragon
Ger. Tank Crew Set cut into cap against ear, with band from lead foil and leads from fine
- Torso Tamiya Tank Crew At Rest Set (E-2), with neck drilled out to take head.
4.2 Loader (Hauptmann Fritz Shock):
- Head Hornet smiling bare head with cap hollowed out also from Tamiya Seated Ger.
SS troops set given new WH rosette badge and eagle from Armour Accessories.
- Torso - Tamiya German Tank Crew at Rest (D-3) with neck drilled out for head.
- Shoulder boards from Show p-e set with 2 strip diamonds for Hauptman (captain) and
p&d button discs.
- Chest eagle Armour Accessories.
- German Cross, close combat clasp, wound badge and tank assault badge from VP p-e set.
- Holster from Tamiya tank crew set.
- Arms reworked and cut down ones from parts box with lots of putty to fair them
into pockets, Demanysk shield on left arm shaved of arm of Tamiya Porsche TII CO
- Legs & boots Verlinden Ger. Early War Tanker (VP-652)
- Head - from Hornet smiling head set with resin copy of Tamiya field cap from Ger.
Infantry at Rest set hollowed out to fit it
- Torso Tamiya Tank Crew at Rest (A-4) with Knights cross removed and collar opened
slightly, lapels undercut and buttons added to chest, shirt, and shoulder boards using
p&d. Holster Dragon.
- Left Arm Tamiya US Inf. set and lots of putty with Historex hand, putty watch and
band, and a sprue cigarette inserted into drilled hole
- Right Arm old Tamiya StuG IV/Lang figure with Dragon hand from Tank Crew
- Legs Dragon tank Crew
- Head Warriors Pz.IV Crew with phone leads from fine wire
- Torso Warriors Pz.IV Crew
- Strip collar tabs
- Armour Accessories chest eagle, wound badge and Iron Cross II
- Wound badge from VP p-e set
- Left Arm Dragon with hole drilled into fingers for sprue cigarette
4.5 Radio OP/Hull Gunner:
- Head reworked Hornet smiling head - field cap added with mouth opened up, sprue
cigarette, nose changed and all re-cast in resin
- phones Dragon, with foil bands and wire leads
- Torso Warriors Panzer IV Crew
- Shoulder boards from Show set with p&d disc buttons
- Strip collar tabs
- Chest eagle, Iron Cross, wound badge and belt buckle from Armour Accessories
- Throat mike vol. control from a Dragon fig.
- Iron Cross II lapel ribbon from Alfoil
- Holster from Tamiya
- Left Arm Dragon Tiger aces set heavily puttied to fit pose
- Right Arm Dragon Tank crew with hand re-positioned
- Legs heavily reworked Tamiya Sd.Kfz. 222 CO figs. with a lot of motor-tool
work and putty to fit pose
- Boots Andrea recast in resin
- Flesh done in Windsor & Newton Artists Oils
- Uniforms in Humbrol enamels
- Base coat of Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow mixed with XF-57 Buff
- Brown camo applied with Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown
- Post shading overspray with 4:1 mix of Red brown and XF-1 Flat Black
- 507 Blacksmith unit logo decals taken from 2 Tamiya Ltd.Ed. Tiger I Late sheets, applied
to glacis plate and rear plate shield shape cutouts in zimmerit. The front one was cut
down as is only half visible when the drivers visor is open. Both were given
hand-painted white outlines around the black shield.
- There seem to be two variations for position of this crest on the glacis plate
one as per mine above the drivers visor and the other to the left of his visor in
the centre of the plate. The back one is usually seen more towards the outside edge of the
rear plate, but due to the aerial storage tube position on this command version, it is
- 3 large white "A"s were roughly hand-painted as per the photos on the turret
sides and rear bin.
- 2 German crosses were also roughly hand-painted on the hull sides to match the ref.
- Medics markings were added to the side of the extra box attached to the main turret bin
ie. "Sanitäts kasten" (First aid box), as a logical guess to match the
indistinct stencilling seen on the ref photo, plus a red cross from Verlindens Medic
& Communication Eqpt. Set (VP-916), applied to the top.
- Mud from Humbrol 5029 Acrylic Dark Earth mixed with Anvil groundwork powder for body and
Verlinden Static Grass
- Weathering with various pastel chalk colours tans through to blacks.
- Scratches and bare metal effect on edges from 2B lead pencil.
Tigers in Combat 1 - Wolfgang Schneider, JJ Fedorowicz Publishing,
- Chapter on s.Pz.Abt.507 from pp.349-374 with numerous photos
- 2 pics of "White A" on p.363 (front LHS & Rear LHS)
- Panzertruppe Vol 2; 1943-45 - Tom Jentz, Schiffer Publishing, Pensylvania 1997
- clearest repro of the front LHS shot on p.132
- Tiger I & II Combat Tactics - Tom Jentz, Schiffer Publishing, Pensylvania 1998
- p.145 another clear shot of this view
- Ground Power No.58 March 1999 - Panzers in the Eastern Front  Delta Pubs.,
- p.61 clear shot of front LHS view again
- Tiger I on the Eastern Front - Jean Restayn, Histoire & Collections Publishing,
- p.80 Front LHS shot, perhaps the clearest
- p.82 Rear LHS shot, again the best repro
- p.82 RHS Rear view, only source it appears in
- Plus numerous other books for general detailing info