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Meng 1/35 Tiger II with initial turret and interior

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  • Member since
    November 2004
Meng 1/35 Tiger II with initial turret and interior
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, August 22, 2021 10:22 AM

Another build gets started. I hope that I can finish this before anything turns up needing to be built for Telford!


This has been sitting in my stash for quite a while ready to go so now is the time to add it to the cabinet.


There are some extras I have added such as the "Decal Zimmeritt" and R-Model metal tracks but this first release comes with a D-Day map of Caen and coast in 1:50,000 and a metal barrel. While the kit has two barrel types the metal barrel only covers the early barrel type and not the late one available on barrel replacement.















A quarter of the map unfolded. It will make a nice display for tanks to sit on




small section built up. I relised that I had put the link bars on upside down and so had to re-do them.












Lots to play with in this kit. There will be lots of jumping around and pre-building and painting proir to main assembly starting. Base exterior colour will be Mr Paint (Slovakia) MRP 215 RAL 7028 variant 1 which will cover the D-Day timeline.


After painting tracks Vallejo Metal Colour Magnesium for a while they don't seem to be dard enough and I have just done a paint test with Migs Dark tracks which is a dark brown colour and not right at all IMHO, these tracks will be done with NATO Black.... lets see what comes out!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, August 22, 2021 9:13 PM

Now that looks like a nice kit! 

The decal zimmerit looks interesting, I'm curious on how it works. Please keep us informed. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 9:56 AM

Looks like fun stuff. I guess it will keep you busy for a bit Smile

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    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 8:32 AM

My apologies for not getting stuff done for the KT build.


At this moment I have a 2mm kidney stone and infection. I believe that I have had an infection for a while and the stone made its presence known a couple of days ago.


So with Antibiotics and codeine pain killers awash in my system I am not at my bench as I just don't feel up to doing much. Obviously I am working on getting sorted ASAP. I do have some of the build to write up, but the concentration is lacking and the return of the heat, while nice, is not helping at all.


Normal operations will resume as I have something to build before Telford!

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:23 AM

OOF! Those stones can be really rough. Get to feeling better soon.


Dream room complete!! BalloonsBeer

On the bench:Tamiya 1/72 Ki-61, Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew

On Deck: Accurate Minataures 1/48 P-51C "Boise Bee", Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, Tamiya 1/48 Sea Harrier


  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:46 AM

My prayers go out to you Snapdragon. Had a couple stones for six days back in the spring, I wouldn't wish even one on my worst enemy. Best of luck passing the damn thing.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 5:51 PM

`Ok. Here we go now! Thank you for all the kind wishes.


I am feeling much better and I am back at my bench and things are now progressing.


First of all I have tackled the tracks. The early tracks used on the initial turret are a bit time consuming to put together. R- Model have a double pin set and you have to look carefully though listings as Tiger II tracks often get mixed up with manufacturers not labelling them correctly, so for those of you wanting metal tracks just research first then match to listings.




These are now ready to be painted with another set of pins once on the model. I am departing from my normal Vallejo Motal Colour Magnesium and trying something different after seeing a set of real panther tracks come back from an anti-corrosion process and they were a matt black and look like B&W period photos of brand new tanks. Therefore I am going to be painting these tracks NATO black with no primer.



In preparation for the Zimmeritt decals I have to do some building and I am going to prepare quite a few internal pieces too. I am never keen on using these things and try and avoid zimmeritt stuff, but all the initial turret Tiger II Panzers had the stuff applied as far as I know so lets get this over and done with.


Meng has chosen to do the initial turret in an unusual way but it is possible to have the turret roof removeable and with that in mind I assembled the turret. Some adjustment to the roof may be needed to get it to sit properly.





I also partly assembled the wheels ready for priming masking, painting etc.




Full bench waiting for priming and zimmeritt.



Ok. starting with the lower hull, The zimeritt decal is cut from the sheet and soaked in hot water and then applied.




Same with the other major areas.




These things never stick properly and it does say on the instructions that you can use model glue or superglue to fix them on. I am sure that these glues work, but I am not wasting model glue and I am certainly not going to use superglue as you have no chance to adjust fitting. As I did with my Meng Panther A, I use standard white PVA glue. This does the job, jives you time to adjust and press down then just needs to dry.


I carefully peel off the dried decal.



Spread PVA glue over the area.



Replace and settle the decal  removing any glue that comes out. Pressing down with fingers so there is a good contact all over between the two surfaces works.




Now... Time for primer. I am going with original paint orders to get the proper shades of paints and so Vallejo's RAL 8012 Primer is used. Looks like it is in the factory!




Now the Dunkelgelb base coat. For this kit I am using MRP-215 from Mr Paint of Slovakia and is chipset accurate. Vallejo still have not produced dunkelgelb paints and they are losing out!



That's all for now. More shortly.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 16, 2021 11:48 AM

Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Then again the last kidney stone I had I wished someone would just shoot me in the head a couple times to get it all over... Dead

You're making great progress! And I love those zimmeritt decals, they look like they're really working well once you started using glue on them.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, October 17, 2021 6:55 AM

Life away from the bench keeps intervening and slowing things down. I had hoped to have finished this build by now, but not just yet. Here is progress to date.
























There you go.  Questions and comments please.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 18, 2021 11:37 AM

Wow the interior detail there is insane! Love the turret detail but I've seen simular interior detailing on other kits. The driver's compartment blows me away though, I don't think I've seen detail like that in many other kits.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by Also known as Rob on Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:03 PM

That's looking really good!


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