Scale: 1 / 35
The kit's background
The Rye Field Tiger kit 5010 ("Middle Production") is the first Mid Tiger from this manufacturer, and their second Tiger to have an interior. This is the first time that a dedicated Mid interior has been attempted in a plastic kit. Rye Field have used their Early Tiger interior as a starting point, and added a sprue of new parts to deal with the changes in a Mid Tiger.
The kit represents Tigers from December 1943 or January 1944, i.e. the end of the Mid period. It provides optional "straight" or "notched" front edges for the hull. The travel lock is molded in and there are no Feifel fittings, so the kit doesn't address Tigers earlier than December 1943. There are three decal options; they belong to s.Pz.Abt.502 and s.SS.Pz.Abt.101, although the instructions don't say so.
The interior is stunning, with around 125 pieces comprising the turret, fighting compartment, driving compartment, radio room, engine compartment and radiator compartments. All crew positions and major assemblies are present, including equipment under the floor that is revealed by lifting out the turret. However there are significant omissions, such as the air and water connections in the engine room, the fan gearboxes and drives, some boxes in the turret, and numerous small items. Also, certain large features of an Early Tiger are included by mistake.