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1945 King Tiger
Limited Edition 1945 King Tiger Ausf. B. w/ Henschel Turret - Mit Infarot - Sheinwerfer (Fg 1250)
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: High quality production focusing on unique offerings of late war King Tigers including IR options of what-if variants.
Lows: Some interior options only partially visible as this kit was also made (by Takom) with full interior versions as well.
Verdict: Excellent mold and design features on a cutting edge release. Add in Mig paint schemes and after market options for the full effect.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: A.MIG-8500
  Suggested Retail: 59,90 €
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 16, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.83%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.09%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Just to be clear: what I meant in my comment is that there is no way to place the rangefinder system inside the "regular" Tiger II turret, since there would be no room between the turret roof and the main gun breech. The height of the turret must have been increased, thus requiring a redesign and modification of it. This was already stated in Schiffer Books' "VK45.02 to Tiger II" book, by Jentz and Doyle. Not to talk if you choose the 105mm gun... The kit does not include this option. You can find here a visual comparison between the two "versions" offered in the box: LINK I'm not saying that no one can live with this, just pointing out a not-so-minor mistake of this kit.
JUN 18, 2017 - 02:30 AM
I’m currently working up a build for a review and I suspect my review will be rather harsh, which sucks as I am both glad they came out with this kit and generally like Ammo’s products and would love them to keep doing esoteric kit mods. However, you pay the same price as the Takom kits with full interior and you lose the interior. Then you have two major modifications to the King Tiger in the plans with a new engine deck hatch/grill system and a modification to the turret walls and roof to allow the range finder to be installed. They got the engine deck right but used the “standard” Tiger II turret shape with a couple of range finder bulges slapped on. It also retains the canyons between the turret roof plates there were a criticism of the original kit instead of the flush or very slightly recessed welds on the surviving examples. It’s a well molded kit, but significantly less value for the money than the original and they flubbed one of the two main updates they needed to make for the kit. There are also small details on the turret roof that reflect the fall 1944 production tanks versus the 1945 versions. You can see in the comparison with the old yet accurate CMD conversion kit where they went awry with the turret.
JUN 19, 2017 - 03:27 AM
The tracks in this kit look to be mirrored. The tracks seen on KTs in the Jentz/Doyle book show asymmetrical tracks used. The track hangers in the drawing of the final production (21 Mar 45) KT are set up for only asymmetrical (non-mirrored) track shoes. A photo of a final production turret in the book (pp. 134-5) also clearly show that the alignment of the hangers and studs is for asymmetrical tracks. What references are these companies using to make the presumption that handed Kgs 73/800/152 tracks were used? All evidence points to a single non-handed link. If the Bovington V2 KT ("Porsche" turret)was used as a reference, it wouldn't be correct. The tracks for this particular vehicle were removed from a tank which was used to test them. Using Dragon 6232 as an example, the track link that would be needed is Part F2, which makes up the "left hand" run. The track run for the right side would be the left side flipped, just like on Tiger Is.
JUN 19, 2017 - 04:16 AM
"Poderoso caballero es Don Dinero" -Powerful gentleman is Mr. Money-, as says the famous poem of Don Francisco de Quevedo (Spanish poet 1580-1645). Sooner or later, almost everyone gives up accuracy or extra-work in exchange of an easier and faster profit...
JUN 19, 2017 - 09:29 AM
So it's a TAKOM kit right?
JUN 20, 2017 - 04:57 AM
Why pay extra for Mig Jimenez' "branding"?
JUN 20, 2017 - 04:58 AM
Good question, but I'm pretty sure that there are enough people out there that will do this... just because of the brand. If I have to find a reason, I'll say that the "what-if 1945 features" might be interesting -accuracy aside-
JUN 20, 2017 - 05:25 AM
Heer 46 exercise.
JUN 20, 2017 - 06:37 AM
Would love to see Takom release this kit with interior included.I would buy one.Always wanted a July 1945 Kingtiger.
JUN 20, 2017 - 12:38 PM
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