Voyager Models photo-etch update
set for the
1/35-scale Dragon King Tiger Porsche Turret (35025)
by Nick Cortese
As many of fans of German Armour are aware, Dragon as released a number
of excellent 1/35 variants of the King Tiger, all with there own distinctive
differences and subtle changes.
Simply put, simply building any of the Dragons series of King Tiger variants
“out of the box” can produce a very nice model indeed, but
our friends at Voyager models have produced a couple of pretty comprehensive
etch detail sets for both Henschel and Porsche Turret versions of the
King Tiger which will definitely add definition and refinement to your
The update set
This set contains no more than 8 etch frets with the now infamous different
etch gauge thickness for an added dimensional effect, two different cables
lengths brass tubing and finally 4 plastic rods.
Most of the etch frets are from the shared “King tiger & Jagdtiger”
etch sets and generic “German tool clamps” only 2 are specifically
for this set.
Packaged ever so neatly in the typical Voyager C.D. book-style, the cardboard
casing includes 3 pages of very detailed build instructions.Specific items
• 8 etch frets
• A small square sheet of 0.5 ABS board
• 0.7 x 15mm copper tube
• 0.3 x 30mm steel wire
• 0.4 x 450mm cable
• 0.5 x 400mm cable
• 1.0 mm x 50mm ABS rod
• 0.5 mm x 150mm ABS rod
Most of these items are which add make up many of the tow cables which
(surprisingly states 200mm copper cable) and small rod items.
Amongst the many detail parts Voyager have wisely included a Zimmerit
applicator much like the Tamiya etch offering, nicely ridged for those
who prefer not using the screwdriver method of application.
And also, an etch template for the Balkenkreutz cross makings are included
which is a step up from having to gloss coat when using decals but may
prove a bit more difficult in terms of cutting the cross template using
the tape method.
Of course the mot obvious and striking feature is the quality of the
rear mesh engine exhaust screens. Simply beautiful work. These are most
impressive and have a nice dimensional look which really makes a huge
Various small details like latches and tool clamps as well as tiny wing
nuts are included.
Both front and back fenders are included with much attention to the rear
The quality and overall value of this etch set is nothing short than
excellent. A fine update addition to building a comprehensive Porsche
Turret King Tiger (incidentally both Voyager Models Henschel and Porsche
Turret King Tiger etch sets are very similar in content)
This set should be aimed towards the more experienced modeler who is
familial with working with Zimmerit and it’s various applications
as well as a firm understanding of late war King tiger tanks but it’s
not too over the top for someone wanting to give it a “go”
at familiarizing themselves with working with etch.
Thanks to Voyager models for the review sample. http://www.voyagermodel.com/