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All Metal 1/6 King Tiger Build
firstcircle
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 06:24 AM UTC
John Grima shows and tells his supersize King Tiger. This really is awesome.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
SdAufKla
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 06:49 AM UTC
Epic!

I only wish you had included at least one photo of you with the model to provide a sense of scale. I was trying to explane to SWMBO just how big this model actually was, and really had a hard time.

Thanks for sharing - It's very motivational!
sauceman
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 08:53 AM UTC
Awesome!



cheers
Bizarre
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Akershus, Norway
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 08:54 AM UTC
This is a excellent example of craftsmanship! Congratulations, John!
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ARMORAMA
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 09:19 AM UTC
John Great work as always.
Spiderfrommars
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Milano, Italy
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 09:56 AM UTC
Really impressive!
BBD468
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 01:28 PM UTC
Just beautiful! Great job man.

Gary
Peelou75
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Budapest, Hungary
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 09:41 AM UTC
Absolutely fantastic job. I really like the weathering, in this scale it bangs. Is it needs an own garage am I right? Do you have maybe a video? It would be interesting to watch it as the beast moves.
Pops53
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United States
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 11:10 AM UTC
What a magnificent accomplishment --- and it's the spitting image of the 1/35 Tamiya Tiger II I built decades ago. A first-rate production in every way, greatly enhanced by your own insistance on making it the most accurate Konigstiger possible. Like Istvan, I'd love to see a video of it "in action" --- or even in person. I live in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania!
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 03:11 PM UTC
WOW!! That is really awesome.

Thanks for sharing your build!
firstcircle
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 09:09 PM UTC

Quoted Text

I'd love to see a video of it "in action"


I believe this is it:
Youtube
armourguy
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: March 12, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 02:36 AM UTC
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.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=162558&page=1

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.

http://youtu.be/qr2KJD7WWpY

http://youtu.be/KEluua_YhqY

http://youtu.be/u8c4SEBBliI

http://youtu.be/YFHXMkg6WH0

http://youtu.be/ykQzdlOLMSs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DkyaOQjwWw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hccUaoMU9iA

http://youtu.be/GwfNtaUNXiU

Also more images of the model can be found on my website. http://eastcoastarmory.com/tigerII_366/kingtiger.htm

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.


Braille
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California, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 08:20 AM UTC
"BAD TO THE BONE" It just doesn't get any better than this, way over the top!

Outstanding craftsmanship, John.

~ Eddy
bizzychicken
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Wales, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2012 - 06:54 AM UTC
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.
armourguy
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2012 - 03:19 PM UTC
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.
DBManley
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:24 AM UTC
Just, WOW! You should display your models @ AMPS gatherings and otherwise so folks can see them in person.
Tojo72
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 12:06 PM UTC
All you can say is Awesome
armourguy
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 02:05 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Just, WOW! You should display your models @ AMPS gatherings and otherwise so folks can see them in person.



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.
dfsutton
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United States
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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:55 PM UTC
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.
dfsutton
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United States
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:11 AM UTC
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).
armourguy
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 01:44 AM UTC
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.