Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

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Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:19 pm

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.

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

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

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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!
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby Morris » Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:19 pm

Like the add-on zimmerit, James. That should look cool, painted…
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby steve131 » Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:06 pm

Very nice kit welljell love the metal tracks ,managed to get the wife to buy me a zimmerit sheet for my Porsche KT today ,put some on the Elefant looks good but uber tricky.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby number1 » Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:36 pm

Lots to keep you going James, looks very crisply moulded.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:19 pm

I will do a post on the zimmeritt, Steve.

This build will be a bit fast and involved I reckon!
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:49 pm

`Ok. Here we go now!

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Full bench waiting for priming and zimmeritt.

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

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Same with the other major areas.

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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.

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Spread PVA glue over the area.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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That's all for now. More shortly.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby steve131 » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:14 pm

Looking good Snapdragons nice kit .Don't like zimmerit myself ,however mengs version looks better and easier to apply than Tamiyas .Have you missed the zim on the mg ball armour?
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby Morris » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:15 pm

Oh wow! I like Tiger II’s …..
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby Mark » Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:46 am

Looking good James. I like those Zimmerit decals. Good call with the PVA glue.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:33 pm

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.

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There you go. Questions and comments please.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby Morris » Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:12 pm

The depth of detail is amazing. Your picking out each item with paint is making it more so…well done James, enjoying this one…
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby steve131 » Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:05 pm

Very nice kit Snapdragons got to get one myself. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Excellent work with the ivory just can't get it to look that good oneself :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .Well done that man 8-)
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:09 pm

You need to get into airbrushing, steve. Also priming with the correct colour with the finished colour over the top makes a huge difference.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby royjess » Thu Oct 21, 2021 7:13 pm

Some nice work there Snap.
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Re: Meng 1/35 Tiger II initial turret with Full Interior

Postby snapdragon » Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:31 pm

I am very sorry for the delay, here is the rest of the build and finished pictures.

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There we go.

Questions and comments welcome

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