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All Metal 1/6 King Tiger Build

fully functional
Because the model is fully radio controlled, I wanted to make sure all the controlled parts would work: the pivoting periscopes, engine smoke, working lights, etc., so many of the details had to be modified in such a way as to provide enough detail to fit in with the appearance of the rest of the model, while still functioning.

In addition to adding detail, I also needed to improve access to the tank’s interior in order to be able to get to the batteries and other electrical and mechanical equipment. Luckily the real King Tiger’s front hatch mounting plate/ transmission access plate provided the perfect point of entry. The access plate was supplied, but the kit required it to be mounted to the tank’s upper hull using screw fasteners. To make the plate more easily accessible, I designed a locking mechanism utilizing the tank’s front ventilator guard dome as a knob that, when twisted, slides cams which unlock the plate from the top deck, so allowing access to the hull interior. So that I can see what I am working on inside the hull, LED lighting was added to illuminate the interior, the lights switching on only when the hatch or access plate is opened, much like the light in a refrigerator.

One portion of the King Tiger that I always found interesting was the engine cooling fan and air intake system. For my R/C model I wanted to add this feature and make the system work. For the fans I utilized two large PC cooling fans, not only to serve as a unique detail element, but also to pump air into the model in order to cool the tank’s electronics. In addition to the fans, I fabricated air intakes and radiator ducts; these parts are also functional in that, with the flip of a switch, the ducts adjust the cooling fins on all four intakes simultaneously.

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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 - 02:36 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 - 08:20 AM
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 - 06:54 AM
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 - 03:19 PM
Just, WOW! You should display your models @ AMPS gatherings and otherwise so folks can see them in person.
MAR 12, 2012 - 11:24 AM
All you can say is Awesome
MAR 12, 2012 - 12:06 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 - 02:05 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 17, 2012 - 11:55 PM
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 - 12:11 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 - 01:44 AM