Pz.Kpfw.VI TIGER Ausf.H (SdKfz 181)

Scale 1:72


Producer of the kit: Revell


I had the kit in my cabinet for a while and the only thing I was waiting for was some interesting camouflage and marking. Finally, I found an inspiration in a Czech magazine Modeláø. However, it meant to do a new entrance and a hatch in the turret, shape of the gun mantlet, new exhaust covers – for a higher “action” effect I added just one – new box in the rear, I also made a new shovel on the front plate of the hull (from an aluminium sheet from a tea-candle and a plastic rod), I adjusted the height of the commander’s hatch and I did not use some parts.

Although I am an orthodox “brusher”, I followed a recommendation of a friend of mine to use at least a white spray. I was able to get only Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White (US Navy) in our model store, which in result may be even better than the flat white. The bottom of the tank has a base coat with Humbrol (HB-2, I think) and the hull and the turret are painted with Agama German Panzergrau. After masking the bottom I oversprayed the top with six very thin layers of white. It is true that you can read in the instructions to the spray and also on the Tamiya web page that the spray is supposed to be used in scales 1:48 and bigger but after assuring myself that I just had to give it a try and that I was building for myself, I did it. The result pleasantly surprised me and I started to do the weathering. I rejected a chipping and I decided to do the worn and showing through colours exactly the same way as they occur in reality. Then I did the weathering with water colours – I read somewhere that the Spanish school says that “each side has its own life” so I mixed the water colours and each of four sides has a slightly different shade (mixture of blue, green and brown), after fading of the colours, I wiped them with cotton buds and with a brush. Finally, it was a turn for the dry pastels (black, medium blue and brown). I used a red pastel for the exhausts. Following, I mudded the bottom with a pigment Agama and with the pastels of brownish shades. I haven’t added any mud yet, it will be done when I get me some German soldiers in winter clothing, e.g. those by MIG Productions.

I used the following decals for the marking of the second battle of Kharkov in 1943: crosses from the Panther by ESCI (original ones were out of register), Totenkopf divisional marking from 88 mm Gun Flak 36 by Hasegawa and numbers from a sheet by Propagteam – Czech Code Numbers & Letters – Gliders Nr. 03172.

I took the pictures by a digital camera OLYMPUS C-300, unfortunately with the flash because I do not posses recommended equipment.