Oh, the Tiger. What better kit to jump start the hobby than the most famous tank in history? This post will be part of a (short) series throughout which I want to showcase my early builds, the ones I made before Tank Kingdom became a reality.
Historically, the tank itself was a mix of successful and painful design decisions. As the Wikipedia page best describes it:
While the Tiger I has been called an outstanding design for its time, it was over-engineered, using expensive materials and labour-intensive production methods.
If the actual tank was a bag of ups and downs, my first modeling experience couldn’t have been any different even if it had tried to.
Probably it’s a cliché by now, but I began being interested in tanks after my first battles in Wargaming’s World of Tanks. A couple of thousand games later and here I am, storytelling my first scale model kit.Getting back to the history of this build, as soon as I’ve found out that Italeri has released a series of kits based on vehicles represented in the game, I knew I had to get my hands on one.
Armed with a cheap set of Revell tools (cutters, tweezers and file), the glue supplied with the kit and my (back then) considerable amount of guts, I got straight to it.
What did I do wrong throughout the build? Well, a lot of things:
- shoddy putty work overall (turret roof, side armor)
- using white Revell canned primer – NEVER again
- no color modulation, although the tank has many flat panels
- mediocre pigment work
- no historical accuracy whatsoever
Did I get some stuff right? Well, for a first model, you could say that. Here goes:
- cleaned up all the seam lines
- sanded the gun so it looked like a proper one
- applied some fairly decent weathering
- balanced the gun with some weights so that it tilts upward
- invested in a proper airbrush + compressor setup
All in all, even at this point, I am quite happy with the result, given that it was my first modelling experience. I remember going through the individual track links, one by one… One by one… The pain was real.
I want to end this post by vouching that someday I will build a Tiger model kit worthy of its real life counterpart’s legendary status.
What was your first scale modeling experience? What brought you into the hobby?