On the Bench: Dragon 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger I Ausf.E



Once upon a time, I built armor on a regular basis, often side-by-side with an aircraft build as a way of switching things up. In the nine months or so this went on, I managed to knock out a Tamiya M4 Sherman, AFV Club Achilles IIc, Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.G and a Cyber-Hobby Panzer III Ausf.L. Then we moved, and things kind of fell apart. I managed to finish up a T-34/85 toward the very end of 2011, and then…nothing.

My recent experience building Panda’s big 1/16 Pz.38(t) has rekindled the interest, however, and I’ve been aching to build a German cat of some kind. I even set up a poll to help choose, though the vote between the Tiger I and King Tiger has proven so close that it’s basically been a wash.

So today, on my way up to King’s Hobby, I told myself their selection would settle things. I needed Friul tracks, so whichever they had, that’s what I would build. Well, they had both. And moreover, they had both on sale for $30 – WAY cheaper than you’ll find Tiger Friuls basically anywhere.

Crap. No closer to a decision.

Fortunately, they also had Kagero’s Tiger I Topcolors book, which contains markings for 16 different Tiger tanks. I fell in love with this number on the back cover. And yes…the barrel stripes are included on the decal sheet.


My kit of choice will be Dragon’s Tiger I 3-in-1, which I actually started briefly way back in 2011. I discovered early on that it needed painting in the midst of construction, and since my paints were all packed for an impending move, well…back in the box it went.

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Aftermarket will include Cavalier resin zimmerit, an RB Model barrel, the Friuls, and a PE set to be named later (I need PE track skirts, basically…and exhaust covers would be nice…)

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Stay tuned! This is going to be a fun one!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Andy Callis says:

    I’m curious to know if you “stalled out” on your Tiger ? I haven’t seen any updates, have you just moved on to other builds ?

    1. Doogs says:

      Yep – currently sitting in the display cabinet going nowhere fast

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