Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger Henschel Turret with Zimmerit
by Cookie Sewell
|Stock Number and Description
||Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro
Series Kit No. 7240; Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger Henschel Turret with
|Media and Contents:
||169 parts (163 in grey stryene, 4 etched
brass, 2 in tan DS plastic)
||It's got zimmerit!
||Modelers who purchased the earlier kit No.
7246 and put on their own zimmerit may not be too happy this kit was
||Highly Recommended to all German late war fans
Ah, the Germans: only they would come up with a concrete paste to
apply to their tanks and big self-propelled guns to prevent enemy
soldiers or partisans from using "sticky bombs" to blow them up.
This paste – "zimmerit" – was found in many places and used for
about eighteen months before the Germans gave up on it.
But ask nearly any German late war armor modeler about what he
probably dislikes most and a good portion will say "putting on the
zimmerit," even more so when it is a small scale kit of the tanks.
Up until now many options have been tried in 1/35 scale, such as
etched brass sheets, thin resin sheets, soldering irons with special
tips, or an applique paste using engraving tools or special
spatulas. All take time and all have their backers, but the bottom
line is that the modeler has to do this himself.
Italeri made a brave effort about ten years ago of making kits of a
Tiger I and a Panther in 1/35 scale with applique styrene "zimmerit"
panels, but it was ultimately unsuccesful. While the shortcomings of
the kits themselves are a moot point, the main problem was that if
the appliques were not used the model was underscale, and if they
were, it looked, well, like stuck-on styrene panels.
Now for the first time SOMEBODY has offered a kit with the zimmerit
molded right into the surface. DML has used its "slide molding"
techniques to provide a new kit of their Tiger II with Henschel
turret (which came out as kit number 7246 in July 2004) to replace
all of the major panels and assemblies with new ones, all with the
zimmerit in place.
There is only one "applique" part, the lower
glacis (part E2), and the rest is totally integral. This covers the
upper hull (F1), turret (F8), turret face (F7), rear hatch (F6),
mantelet (B20),and rear plate (F4). All of the zimmerit is in scale
and very finely done – it definitely screams out "drybrush me!"
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The rest of the kit is a "product-improved" version of 7246, this
time with DS plastic track instead of black vinyl and other upgrades
to individual parts.
Brass grilles are included for the engine deck
as well, but only molded plastic tow cable assemblies are included.
Markings and painting directions are included for six different
tanks: s.Pz.Abt. 101, Belgium 1944; s.Pz.Abt. 506, Andler, 1944;
s.Pz.Abt. 501, Germany, 1944; s.Pz.Abt. 501, Eastern Front, 1944;
s.Pz.Abt. 503, Hungary, 1945; and s.Pz.Abt. 506, Germany 1945. All
but the one in Hungary are in three-color schemes, with that one
being in whitewash winter camouflage.
This should be a very popular kit with modelers that do not
want to mess around with applying zimmerit, and it is amazing to me
that it took this long before somebody solved the problem!
Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Images by Brett Green
Page Created 09 February, 2006
Page Last Updated
16 February, 2006