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Old 09-19-2009, 06:19 PM
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Tigergrab, 503 sPz.Abt., Potash 1944

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I usually post my threads at Migs and here so thought I'll share with you something new I would like to build in the upcoming mothns. The title is Tiger grave and it was inspired by a series of photos of the Tigers from 503rd battalion left behind in early 1944 in Potash. There were more than 20 Tigers found there by the Russians. 10 of them can be seen on the photos I found at the TiF forums:



And this particullar Tiger caught my eye:



It's a early mid production vehicle with the new style cupola but yet without zimmerit.
The base kit I'll be using is tamiya's mid Tiger with a lot of PE, CMK engine compartment, turned barrels, friuls and some scratch. As usually I'll try to sculpt some figures and build a scene for it.



I started dealing with the part positioning holes that are everywhere. I'm still waiting for the enginepack to arrive and I need to buy the basic Tiger PE set.
Not much to show yet but I thought I'll share this with you as it stands now.

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Old 09-19-2009, 08:46 PM
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Looking forward to seeing this one

First thing that comes to mind is the immense amount of effort that went into making that many Tigers in the first place at the factory; only to be lost en-masse in one engagement. definitely not something that could be replaced like a 20 Sherman or T34's.
Anyway, looking forward to seeing this build
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Old 09-19-2009, 10:43 PM
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Very interesting subject Radek. Look forward to seeing your work on it.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:18 PM
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Dear Radek.

...amazing project...excelent choice...IŽll be following with a big interest!

Regards!

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Old 09-20-2009, 01:20 AM
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Cool project! I will watch work continuation!
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:06 AM
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It's great! Stunning build!
But, why did you choose Friul Traks? As I know MasterKlub gives more accurate and image of real.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:47 AM
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Following with attention. Looks good so far!
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:12 AM
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Hi guys

Simon the plot is more complex, I think that this was a maintenance yard for the Tigers and they were blown by the retreating Germans due to the lack of time to recover them. The 503rd battalion strenghtened with some 50 Panthers (to form the Panzerregiment Baeke) had some serious engagements during winter 1944 so I think those tanks were waiting for overhauls.
Dive I mostly use friuls because I have a easy access to them. They will be heavily covered in mud so the details aren't so important in this case.
Thanks for looking guys.

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Accuracy notes...

If the tank is so early that it never had Zimmerit, then here's a list of changes you might want to make:

- Add the pistol port to the turret side.
- Remove headlight from front and add 2 headlights to hull top.
- Use tracks without chevrons
- Omit gun travel lock from rear hull
- Use the lighter 15-ton jacks
- Add small disc to loader's hatch
- Add shovel to glacis plate
- Replace track cable on hull side by the early type
- Omit C-hooks
- Add track toolbox to rear hull
- Use narrow early-type vision slits in turret side
- Add flapper valves to the exhausts
- Add the full set of Feifel gear
- Add the full set of S-mines

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Hi David
Thanks for the list but...my Tiger is a mid production vehicle, just take a look at the photo showing the wreck of 212. The initial series of mid production type did not have the zimmerit applied but had all the modifications made after Kursk (new cupola, single bosh light, no S minen, no fefiels etc.).
That's why I bought the mid Tiger from Tamiya

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