The Tiger I has been always been a favourite amongst armour
Its powerful 88mm gun and thick armour made it a formidable weapon
both on the Western and Eastern Fronts. With over 1300 vehicles
completed from July 1942 to August 1944, the Tiger went through many
changes. Naturally with such a long life span, there were many
modifications and improvements done, all of which have fascinated
the last few years, kits of the Tiger I have set new standards. To
take advantage of the recent flood, Osprey has released this title
which shows the reader how to get the most out of their cherished
Five authors are
behind this publication with each contributing a chapter or two on
their chosen vehicle. This allows an interesting comparison between
the ideas, styles and techniques of the various contributors.
Six different vehicles are showcased, all representing diverse
stages of the Tiger I’s development. Each of the 1:35 scale variants
are centered on the Dragon kits with Tamiya contributing the 1:16
The earliest vehicle to be modeled is Tiger I “121” from
s.Pz.Abt.501 and this starts off chapter 1. Steve van Beveren takes
us through his treatment of the Cyber-Hobby kit and the author does
well to explain his convincing weathering technique.
The Tigers of s.SS.Pz.Abt.101 are always popular subjects and Mark
Edmundson tackles “321” in the next installment. Two kits are
combined to produce this mid-production example and special emphasis
is placed on how Gary produces his zimmerit finish.
Zimmerit is also featured in two more examples, a late-production
Tiger from s.Pz.Abt.507 built by Dinesh Ned and “F05” from Darren
Thompson. The latter is an early Tiger with refitted “late” features
and served with Gruppe Fehrmann during April 1945.
For those not inclined to try their hand at applying an
anti-magnetic coating, Mark returns with Wittmann’s “1331” from
13./SS-Panzer Regiment I at Kursk, 1943.
In the final installment, David Parker tackles Tamiya’s 1:16 scale
monster. Armed with the “Aber Exclusive Edition Upgrade”, he goes
about transforming this kit into a fine replica of “323” from
Pz.Abt.502 in Russia, 1943.
All of the featured models are extensively detailed with various
after market items and skillful scratch building. The variety of
authors allows the reader to view a number of different styles and
techniques, each arriving at a pleasing and impressive model.
There are close to 230 colour photographs contained with the 80
pages. All are of a very high quality and relate well to the ideas
expressed in the text.
Rounding out the publication is a small section that provides
information on the various kits and references that would be useful
to the budding Tiger fan.
reader will be quick to note that all of the 1:35 scale builds have
used the Dragon product as a basis. This is not a problem as the
detailing and modeling techniques can be applied to any of the other
brands on the market.
It’s not a publication that spells out all the differences between
each months manufacturing batch and it’s not supposed to be. Other
books on the market adequately cover that aspect of the vehicles
This manuscript is to give the modeller an insight into what can be
achieved when talented modelers get together and share their ideas.
In this it succeeds admirably.
After reading it, you feel as if nothing in the modeling world is
impossible to do. As such it will prove to be an inspirational book
to all lovers of the Tiger I.