Which brand has the best kingtiger henschel in 1/35?
Best detailed? Best to build? Best accuracy? Best bang for the buck or best value? Best includes everything in one box? Best selection?
Not trying to be pedantic or a key board clown but best is often subjective unless qualified with specifics.
My general impression, not being KT aficionado:
Meng most accurately captures the look and texture. One will need to add zimmerit if desired and buy interior if desired.
Not being a Takom fan (mostly my own biases) I would rather pay top dollar for Meng or chase one of the many Dragon KT kits that offer a lot of flexibility.
New school kits, lots of folks seem to love the Das Werk kit with zimmerit and no interior that’s a repackaged Takom for the money.
Takom KT one can get all the goodies in one box with zimmerit. Lots of folks love this!
The 90’s era Tamiya KT kits have been surpassed but can make for a fun build. Tamiya will hold up pretty well if extra effort and expense in detailing, adding sticker or hand made zimmerit, periscopes, better tracks and buying PE are allowed for but this in my opinion while very fun is the most inefficient path.
Others will of course have their own insights or as they say, “Your mileage may vary”
Dragon TKs for both Porsche and Henschel are OK if You want out of the box zimmerit, replace the DS tracks and gun barrel and dont mind the 80+ Euro price tag. But beware, the lower hull on my last Porsche was warped a bit !
I have built a couple of Dragon KT’s one with the zimm added,and the BoB version without zimm,both built up real nice and presented no issues for me.
As was mentioned,it depends what you mean by “best”
There are complaints about how the top edge of Mengs road wheels lean out. This is solved easily before construction by sanding the bottom edge of the part that attaches the road wheel arms inside the hull. When you fit the part without the road wheel arms, you can see the holes for the roadwheel arms do not align. Sanding the bottom of the interior part allows the holes for the road wheel arms to align properly for proper fit. Super easy fix…before construction.
If i remember correctly, DML KT have been reboxed by Zvezda, minus PE parts. That could be a good budget wise start option. Yet, you’d have to get PE and ZTimmerit, so calculate the costs.
In local hobby shop in Belgrade, it is aрound 35EUR
Scalemates have info on history of that vehicle, counstruction sheet and average prices
According to the ScaleMates website, HobbyBoss King Tigers also originate from Meng.
I have built different brands of King Tigers for decades. To my eyes, there is nothing wrong with the Tamiya kits. Of course, one has the problem that different Tigers may or may not have been given Zimmerit, or indeed, if a particular tank was camouflaged. If one is building a so-called Porsche version Zimmerit is necessary but not Henschel versions. These ceased being coated after September 1945. Have fun with your research!
Bill, good point the initial production turret version (aka Porsche) would need zimmerit.
BTW - Fixed date typo.
Thank you! I appreciate your editing help!
Is this king tiger from dragon Dragon 6840 good? Is zimmerit on this model good or is it better to buy king tiger without zimmerit and apply zimmerit separately? And the last question: are there any differennes betweet Dragon 6900 and Dragon 6840 except the zimmerit?
Id say the Tamiya King Tiger. I built 3 in my lifetime so far and have 3 in the Stash.