Reference, Osprey Modelling 37, Modelling the Tiger I
July 22 2007 at 8:01 AM
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Modelling 37, Modelling the Tiger I, by Gary Edmundson, Dinesh Ned, Darren Thompson, David Parker & Steve van Beveren. Soft cover, 7.25 x 9.75-inches, 80 pages. Contains 235 color photos, kitography, index and bibliography. ISBN 978-1-84603-170-0. Price: $18.95 USD.
The introduction of this latest modeling manual plainly states what most modelers already know: that the Tiger I has been, and continues to be, one of the most, if not THE most popular modeling subjects in the history of our hobby. I would certainly agree; obviously, so does this book’s team of modelers, and their publisher.
There are a total of six builds in this book; five are in 1/35th-scale and based on combinations of parts from the newest DML/Cyberhobby kits. The sixth is based on the Tamiya 1/16th-scale kit. No smaller scale kits are covered, but for those who wish, a previous book, number 28 in the series, entitled “Modelling the Tiger Tank in 1/72nd-scale”, will provide all the needed inspiration; this title has been reviewed here at ToT. The various projects seen between these covers provide information on modeling the following types:
• Initial production version, s.Pz.Abt.501, Tunisia 1943, by Mr. van Beveren.
• Mid production version, s.SS.Pz.Abt.101, Normandy 1944, by Mr. Edmundson.
• Late production version, s.Pz.Abt.507, East Prussia 1944, by Mr. Ned.
• Early production version, 13.Kp./SS-Pz.Rgt.1, Kursk 1943, by Mr. Edmundson.
• “Hybrid” version, Gruppe Fehrmann, Germany 1945, by Mr. Thompson.
• Early production version (1/16th-scale), s.Pz.Abt.502, Russia 1943, by Mr. Parker.
Typically, each project is covered in approximately 10 pages, with the Tamiya kit-based project running a bit over 20 pages. The text in each section will cover pertinent portions of the build, while detailed, step-by-step, full-color photographs will provide all the “eye candy” we modelers are so fond of. As is typical for these books, various after-market items in etched brass, turned metal, resin and white metal are used extensively. The authors all avail themselves of combinations of these various media to obtain a finished product, so modelers who may (or may not) have gone that route will see much of use to them.
Several of the models sport coats of Zimmeret anti-magnetic mine paste and each modeler that adds this to his project has his own take on how to do it. So, more than one method is described, although they are basically variations on the use of two-part epoxy putty with the pattern pressed in with a screwdriver head. Having used this method many years ago on a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J and a Sturmtiger (see the articles in the old AMPS-Boresight; one is posted on their web-site), I certainly prefer it to any others. One tool I find useful in replicating Zimmerit is an artist’s “paint knife”; its thin, tapered, flexible tip is an outstanding application tool. The authors use their fingers or a cocktail stick (tooth-pick here in the Colonies) as an applicator. But I digress…
The authors also use their (considerable!) modeling skills to add scratch-built details to their kits. While none of these guys are “slouches” when it comes to their skills, I was most impressed with what Mr. Parker did with his 1/16th-scale Tamiya kit, especially in the area of the periscope heads, smoke grenade launchers and various other areas. Within each build, the authors then describe various painting, marking and weathering techniques, all of which are bound to inspire the rest of us. Not much, detail wise, is mentioned regarding the painting of any figures that may be seen, or for that matter the single base in one section. But, with six builds in one book, I don’t feel that this is a real problem; something had to “give”. Likewise, the color chart sometimes seen at the end of these books is not present. While somewhat useful, if there must be a content trade-off, deleting this feature does not especially bother this reviewer.
The final sections in the book gives a brief kitography (only 1/48th, 1/35th and 1/16th-scale kits are mentioned), which is somewhat incomplete due to the recent release of some newer variations of the Tiger I by DML and Cyberhobby. But, it provides a basis for modelers to conduct a search for an appropriate starting point. No accessories are listed, probably because there would not be much room for any other content! A brief, well-annotated bibliography is included as is a very useful index.
This book features world-class modelers at the top of their form. The excellent photographs, complimented by concise text and easily-followed step-by-step descriptions of techniques, will be extraordinarily helpful to any modelers considering any type of project. But, fans of this classic schwere Panzer will, of course, benefit the most; have at it fellas!
Frank V. “Curley Stooge” De Sisto
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