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All Metal 1/6 King Tiger Build

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in command
From the beginning of the project I wanted to build my model as a command vehicle. To do this I had to fabricate two additional antenna bases and mounts. One of these is on the rear portion of the tank’s turret, the other in the standard antenna location, mounted in a well located behind the rear engine hatch. In addition to the extra antenna base mounts, an antenna storage tube and a retracting antenna clamp were also added as required for a command vehicle. These antenna details weren’t part of the kit and so were all scratch built, my references for them coming from images of the Kubinka King Tiger. I fabricated the Sternantenna entirely out of soldered brass. The reason for constructing this part so sturdily was because when it was installed and connected up to the R/C receiver, it actually improved the radio control range, while simultaneously eliminating the need to have an unsightly and inauthentic R/C antenna emerging from the vehicle.

Along with the external detailing I also had to fabricate the detailing of the hatch interiors: all the latch and locking mechanism details were added to the bow hatches, the rear escape hatch, and to the commander’s copula and were made to function correctly. The kit supplied loader’s hatch was replaced with a white metal aftermarket item by Armorpax, a 1/6th scale part supplier, which needed no alteration.

To control the model I use a 6-channel radio, and I connected many of the extra auxiliary functions so as to piggyback off some of the main functions. By doing this it is possible to use one channel to control more than one function.

finishing off
The kit doesn’t include an anti-aircraft machine gun, nor the AA machine gun mount. For the gun I used the 2nd generation 21st Century Toys MG34, and improved it by removing the seams, then giving the gun a fresh repaint and some dry brush weathering. For the mount I used the Armorpax white metal MG34 Panzer gun mount. The mount itself was a nicely detailed piece, but I modified it so that the gun can pivot and spin freely.

The kit does provide a set of white metal pioneer tools from Armorpax, which are a nice addition, but to enhance them further I replaced the cast metal tool handles with scratch built wooden ones.

For the paint scheme I used a simple three tone ambush type camouflage pattern, while all of the markings were painted using homemade stencils. The paints were a combination of both latex and acrylic, and all of the application, including the ageing effects, was performed with an airbrush. Drybrushing was the used on the detail edges and the tools. Since the tank is fully R/C and made from metal I decided not to drybrush any worn look on to the tracks, rather the tracks weather themselves naturally from driving around.

tearing it up
This build from start to finish took me seven months to complete, and required many extra skills from metal fabrication to electrical work in order to assemble it. It is one build that, now completed, I can enjoy and appreciate both when it is standing still, and when I am tearing up clumps of grass as I turn it evasively on the lawn.
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About the Author

About John (armourguy)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES


Comments

Thanks guys, The project was an interesting one. listed below is the full build WIP forum post that I posted on armorama while I was building the model. There you will find all of the images and blow by blow descriptions during the duration of the build. LINK In addition to the video that was posted above I have all of my other videos up on youtube for this model including test drives and function tests. LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK Also more images of the model can be found on my website. LINK With this article out of the way I have started on my next article and I should have it ready and submitted very soon. Thanks again everyone.
JAN 29, 2012 - 09:36 AM
"BAD TO THE BONE" It just doesn't get any better than this, way over the top! Outstanding craftsmanship, John. ~ Eddy
JAN 29, 2012 - 03:20 PM
Hard to put into words TOP NOTCH love it. Is the Swimmerwagon romote control too ? Also liked the 1/35 KT Octorpus camo Great Stuff.
FEB 03, 2012 - 01:54 PM
The schwimmwagen is the static DML plastic kit. The Tamiya 1/35 KT in the motor image is an older model my father built back in the mid 90's.
FEB 04, 2012 - 10:19 PM
Just, WOW! You should display your models @ AMPS gatherings and otherwise so folks can see them in person.
MAR 12, 2012 - 06:24 PM
All you can say is Awesome
MAR 12, 2012 - 07:06 PM
I would love to attend an AMPS show with one of my 1/6th scale models, but for me all of the AMPS shows are too far away from me to attend.. Hopefully an AMPS show will be held in North east PA one day. For shows the only model show that is my range is NJIPMS mosquitocon, but This model is far too heavy to get into my car.
MAR 25, 2012 - 09:05 AM
A truly great build! You've obviously done your homework (I like the fact you use lead oxide primer rather than Chocolate Brown). But if you don't mind, I think you could make some small improvements. 1. The third platoon of schwere SS-Panzerabteilung 501 used blue turret numbers framed in white. You can (but don't have to) put the Leibstandarte insignia on the right front glacis near the top and the letter G more or less below the hull m. g. structure. 2. The only mistake you made is, I'm afraid, a bad one: as far as I know the Germans (and everybody else) NEVER used primer on their tracks. Since German tracks had a high manganese content, they ought to be have a dark brown tint, at least in areas that did not come into contact with paved roads.
OCT 18, 2012 - 06:55 AM
One other very small detail: in point of historical fact, late war King Tigers never mounted an antiaircraft m. g. because of a severe shortage of those weapons. But I can see why you want to add one for artistic reasons, and you did a great job, especially the ammo gurtsack. But I think you ought to remove the folded bipod, tank m. g.'s never had them mounted (at most they would keep a bipod socked away in case the crew had to bail out and defend themselves on a battlefield).
OCT 18, 2012 - 07:11 AM
Thanks Dana, I appreciate all the tips. As for the number and markings My model is not based on a real vehicle, or a real unit, and the number is fictional. I used the number 366 because the model is my third armortek tank and the 66 was my models production number. As for the tracks the primer grey color that you see in the construction images was the raw color that the tracks came as from the company. The metal track link castings have a grey oxide finish to them and was not painted in the construction images. I did paint the links with another darker color primer towards the end of the build (not photographed). The darker color that I used was only used as a base for the weathering, and the primer color that I did use is not very visible, And As for the Mg your info is correct, but as I stated in the post I like the way the 34 looks bipod and all.
OCT 18, 2012 - 08:44 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.