(Login afvmodeller) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 22.214.171.124
Three years, seven months and a few days now since I started building Trumpeter's 1:16 King Tiger.
A sustained push over the last couple of days brings me to a point where she's just about ready - I think!
Without doubt this has turned out to be the project of my life. Fortunately the requirement for constant updates in the magazine has helped me stick with it even when I would rather be building some of the exciting new releases that have come along since 2009.
I would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in this too - the enthusiasm and encouragement of all of you has helped keep me on track and If you can spot anything I have missed which is entirely possible please pipe up. (There are a few minor repair to the interior still to be made) I am confindent that she's as accurate as she can be and if you need your King Tiger servicing - I'm your man
let me congratulate! This is really an beautiful model! The details are just awesome! The weathering is very well done too, not overdone, just the way I like it
I would love to hear how you have painted the wooden parts of the tools and how you have achieved the great rusty exhaust.
(Login alexclark) Missing-Lynx members 126.96.36.199
One of a kind
August 10 2012, 6:17 PM
I can't believe it's all over (I'm sure you can't either!) This really is one of those rare stand-out pieces, a stunning bit of work in all aspects. I just can't imagine any other Tiger II model being as close to real as this.
There'll be a bit of a gaping hole in your modelling life to fill now!
You have to put this work in your will or a trust...
August 10 2012, 11:31 PM
for real! Incredible dedication towards perfection. Worthy of the "Montgomery Burns First Annual Award For The Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence". I really think you should insure your work and consider it's future. Perhaps you already have. PK
Roger Hurkmans (Login rogerhm) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
August 11 2012, 1:50 AM
I thought i would never see this one finished:)
This is modelling at its best,i have been following each step you have made and i have deeply respect for what you have done with this kit!There is only one little comment on the zimmerit damage,you have made it just like the original photo but imo the rest of the tank looks rather clean.when its damaged that much the rest of the tank should be also be more worned.I hope you understand a bit what I mean:)
This message has been edited by rogerhm from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Aug 11, 2012 1:51 AM
Well really like the model , love the finish , texture and the subtle mud/dirt on it attention to the little details.
has i said to you personal before ""can build a real one faster lol ."" i know why you have done it such away and i must congratulate you on that attention to detail overall is outstanding. the detail to painting in the same manor.
must say the stowed track links are spot on what they look like on real tanks after a while
ok whats next !!! there is not much you have not done or is it wait and see.?
you are a inspiration to many of us , and its nice to see some one have i known for a long time develop to what you have become. WELL DONE DAVID
talk soon ossie
Thanks so much for your regular posts. It's been great to watch the progress online and in the magazine, although I hope AFV Modeller prints a book just to compile this build in format that you can hold in your hands.
Thanks for taking so much time and effort to share...
August 12 2012, 11:58 AM
Your work over the years you've been working on this, David!
It's been inspirational to watch as each new subcomponent and section was constructed and finished, and I can appreciate not only the great model-building, but also the amount of efffort that went into taking all of the photos and doing the various write-ups detailing all of the work.
I hope that one day I get a chance to see this in person. Until that day, the documentation has been almost as wonderful as the build itself.
(Login robertdoepp) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
August 13 2012, 12:53 AM
I´ve become used to knowing that there´s the moon and the sun and you working on your KT. It´ll be hard to change my cosmos again. Anyway congratulations for this fantastic result of your most ambitious project.
(Login afvmodeller) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
August 13 2012, 5:24 AM
A big thank you for all the overwhelming response to this!
NO - I will not be looking at a Porsche version! My Doctor says I am not allowed to!
Yes there will be a book.
Notger - The tool handles are real wood with the woodgrain painted on with oil paints
I did a step by step on the exhausts in the article in AFV Modeller Issue 65 - download in pdf available from our website. Sorry for the plug but its a complex process that requires multiple pictures to explain!
David Harmer - I hope this suits!
Thanks again - everyone who has posted an encouraging comment or chatted with me at shows about the model over the three and a half years have had a small hand in keeping it moving forward.
I want to make a special mention to the regular group of modellers who have come together in our forumhttp://www.network54.com/Forum/637977/
dedicated to building this kit. They have freely exchanged information, provided solutions and encouraged each other and my hat is off to the others who have already completed their models - noteably Liejon Schoot and Emanuele Espi. Only those who have finished one of these kits know just what has been required.
...about this project, David.
Simply put this is a fantastic effort in every way.
What would be a little bit crazy would be if you now went and started another giant build, like say a HK B-25 or something...