Tiger I – Ver. MID – 70th Anniversary Normandy

Published: May 3rd, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy Models
Price: $64.00
Product / Stock #: 13287
Product provided by: MRC

Academy is re-releasing their 1/35 Tiger I, this one being the "Mid" version and in a special boxing for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Upon opening a large box you are greeted by 10 sprues -many of which are part of the "early" boxing- plus two small photo-etch frets (engine grille covers/zimmerit tool) and plastic tracks, representing the "combat" (wide) tracks.

The part count is considerable (over 250 parts) however several pieces won't be needed. I estimate a bit over 200 parts are required to complete this model. All the parts are crisp, perfectly molded and have no flash.

This boxing does not include the full interior -as other boxings- but it has a new tooled turret. I will be honest, it looks very similar to the original one (still included in the box) however it is possible to see a slightly asymmetry when looking at it from the top. It is very subtle, but it is there.

Being a Tiger model from the Mid-production range; all of them had zimmerit applied at the factory. Instructions on how to simulate zimmerit using putty and a photo-etch tool are provided. The photo-etch tool has two pattern sizes, 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm, which should be used in the hull and turret respectively.

A highlight of this boxing is the decal sheet. You are provided with a total of 11 camouflage patterns (including a couple of Eastern Front examples and one in the Italian front) and markings for over 20 different tanks.

The instruction sheet is clearly printed and well detailed. There are a total of 15 steps required to assemble this tank, however some steps have to be repeated multiple times.

  • Lower hull
    Lower hull
  • Turret
  • sprue
  • sprue
  • sprue
  • photo etch
    photo etch
  • decals

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