Swhat are your views on the airfix tiger (1-76)

will.s

26 posts

so i have been doing my tiger after having it in storage for a while only to find the side armour parts stick out to much  what should i do? i tried sanding it but it still doesnt look that good 

will.s

26 posts

sorry should have described it more its sticks out by the back to much like its too long 

Ratch

2616 posts


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My view is that its not very accurate. I don't recall any problems building it, but it has been a long time since I built these.

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will.s

26 posts

@Ratch

 

 on youtube videos the back looks fine thats the weird part 

 

 

jopres57

107 posts

I made one of these a couple of years ago and didn't really have any problems, there's a glimpse of it along with some other Airfix kits in the '1/76 Panther' sub forum. I think the main thing with this and most plastic kits is to check the fit of the parts before applying the glue, generally known as 'dry fitting'. Take a step back and you will probably spot where things have gone wrong. I think that things will probably turn out OK, just like the WW1 tank. If things do go pear shaped just try and put a good coat of paint on it and some decent decals, most people won't notice anything wrong. Never forget BBB (Bulshine Baffles Brains).

will.s

26 posts

i appreciate your advice what i have done is i have sanded the sideskirts down so they look nicer

jopres57

107 posts

Forgot to mention before, there are some good pictures of Tiger 1's in other parts of the Forum. Check out the 'Painted Tiger 1' sub forum, you may well get some inspiration.

will.s

26 posts

i will im planning to do it like the tiger from fury

T2B

1058 posts

What do I think of the Airfix Tiger I? To be honest it's very poor, lacking any real detail and it's the wrong scale. The mould dates back to the early 70's when Airfix were still doing railway stock in HO/00 scale and they used the same scale for their vehicles and AFVs, which equates to 1:76th scale.

 

There are far better Tiger Is on the market at reasonable prices in 1:72nd. As much as I'm an Airfix fan I usually stay well clear of their HO/00 vehicle range!

ntrocket88

93 posts

Hi Will. The Airfix Tiger represents a late production version, produced from ~Feb 1944 through Aug 1944. The main identifier for this being the wheels. It has three rows of steel-tired wheels, rather than the four rows of rubber-tired wheels used on earlier production examples. There are other detail differences like the commander's cupola as well. The Tiger used in Fury was the Bovington one, an early version captured in North Africa. So making the Airfix kit like that one would be a challenge... despite the Airfix desert artwork...

 

Overall, the Airfix kit is showing it's age. There are a few dimensional errors, but overall, it is reasonably true to scale. Most of the errors are ones of omission - like the front and rear mudguards, turret stowage box and exhaust shrouds. The driver's visor and hull MG need work too. For me though, the biggest problem is the steel-tired wheels which are extremely crude and poor representations of the real ones, as are the tracks. Even in 1/76, there are now better options.

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