Scale: 1 / 35
The kit's background
At the end of 1943, a batch of Command Tigers (Befehlstiger) were built and sent to various heavy tank battalions. This kit represents some of those vehicles. The decals address battalions 503, 507 and 508.
The kit is the first "Mid" Tiger release from Cyber Hobby (or Dragon). It is, however, specific to Command Tigers only. Another new feature is the hull-turret joint; it is correctly detailed. This would be useful to those adding an aftermarket interior.
The road wheels are newly tooled and all 4 of the outermost wheels per side can be omitted, revealing correct hub detail. This is not enough removed wheels to put the tank into "transport mode"; it represents typical suspension damage often seen in 1944.
After the kit was released, new photos were discovered showing Tiger "A2" of s.Pz.Abt. 508. They prove that it had an old-style flat mantlet, as designed for the Tiger (P). The kit's mantlet is therefore wrong for this decal option.
There is a spare flat mantlet in the kit (part A7) and you could convert this for Tiger "A2" by plugging its MG hole; this need not be an invisible repair because the German manufacturers used to plug these same holes in the real mantlets. You would also need to cut out a small notch at the corner behind the driver's hatch; see this photo and diagram of a real example.
The new photos also show that Tiger "A2" was modified at some time; the C-hook holder was removed from the rear wall and a crude frame, designed to hold 2 jerrycans, was welded on. This photo of the wreck shows the weld marks where the frame used to be (arrowed);
and this blurred photo shows the frame itself.
Another problem in the kit is the turret decals for the white Tiger of s.Pz.Abt. 503. The turret decals are "1" digits, but on the real tank these were actually the uppercase letter "I". They were crudely surrounded by whitewash after they were painted, which masked one of them and led to me misinterpreting a photo. A little black paint can address this problem.
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