I did not plan to have my next project be another tank; but then someone had to go and post an announcement that Takom was producing a Tiger 1 in 1/48 with a full interior. So now I need to build this before we become completely obsolete. This is a hybrid tank, as used at the end of the war. I am building it using parts from at least three different kits; when I do this, I call it a “Frankentanken,” like Frankenstein. So, this is a Frankentanken.
I started out building it a few years ago, using an Okuno and an AFV Club kit. Okuno, Skybow, and AFV Club Tigers are all the same plastic. The Okuno kit actually says Skybow on the sprues and uses the same “reverse” decals as Skybow. AFV Club sprues say AFV Club and their decals are normal. Also, the AFV Club kit comes with some PE intake screens. The tank came in two versions, early and late.
The dark green plastic is Okuno, and the olive plastic is AFV Club. To that I have added an engine compartment from Verlinden.
I cut the sections with the spare track holders out of the late model (AFV) kit and grafted them onto the early (Okuno) turret.
After my dad died, I inherited most of his old model kits, so I decided to add the interior parts from the old Bandai Tiger to this build. The Bandai parts are mostly OK, they just leave out a lot. So I am adding parts that come from the parts box or scratch built from styrene or whatever.