Interesting subject; well cast parts;
excellent detail; no fuss fit.
Cupola cast shut; probably not really a
Bergtiger (but it was a real vehicle).
Although often referred to as a “Bergetiger”,
this support vehicle is really quite an enigma. Much debate has
raged over its role, with one of the arguments being that it was
used for handling explosives, mine clearing etc.
The conversion set is designed for the Tamiya kit so using those
from other manufacturers could be problematical. This is due to the
resin turret roof being fitted onto the lower surrounds of the
plastic kit item.
Speaking of resin, the Calibre
offering contains 22 parts. All are cast to a very high standard,
being free of both air bubbles and warping. The detail is superb and
the scale-like appearance is excellent.
The cupola is a single piece moulding with the hatch in the closed
position. Those wanting this area open are in for a bit of surgery.
The instructions are quite good regarding the assembly of this kit
and along with the box-top photo, there should be few if any
problems. The only thing needed from the modeller’s own supply is
the cable. Note that this should be used in such a way as to convey
the weight of the equipment hanging from it…something not always
conveyed in completed models.
Also pointed out in the instructions is the need for a mid
production tiger. Thus a few modifications to the Tamiya kit are
necessary to match the vehicle you wish to represent. The addition
of zimmerit may challenge some, but it isn’t as daunting as it
The contents come in a sturdy cardboard box so despite the delicate
nature of some of the parts, there were no breakages.
If you want to give your Tiger some uniqueness then this conversion
set is an excellent start.
The turret roof is the proverbial “drop fit” so there is no hassle
trying to cut up the plastic kit. It is of the correct asymmetrical
shape and the casting of all parts is first class.
If only the Germans had converted more vehicles from which to
Calibre 48 / Aires for the review sample