At long last, the Tiger is finished.
TacticalJackalope from the Google+ community, YouTube Modelers, started a group build last August called That ’70s Build. The premise of the build was this: The build was to last from October 1 through December 31; the kit had to be a Tamiya kit manufactured sometime between the late ’60s up to ’85; and lastly, no aftermarket items. Scratchbuilding was ok, but no aftermarket parts or kits allowed. It had to be built straight from the box.
Enter the Tamiya 1/25 scale Tiger I. I have had this kit since the late ’80s. My brother bought it for me as a gift for a birthday, or some such. I didn’t build it right away because I intended to get really in depth on super-detailing it since I had some references with good closeups and interior photos and illustrations. The kit comes with a very basic interior and I figured I could expand on it.
Due to life, the project never happened, but I hung on to the kit. I eventually got back into the hobby, and here we are. The kit was introduced in 1969 as kit number 30611. It was reboxed by Tamiya a couple of times throughout the years, but the contents remained unchanged.
I didn’t actually start the kit until December 13th, so getting it completed by the deadline of December 31st wasn’t going to happen. But, I dove in anyway.
So, on February 15th, 2016, forty-six days after the group build deadline, I finally finished it. Being an older kit, it has its challenges, mainly in parts cleanup. The fit was fine, and pretty much anyone with a basic skill set could build a very nice representation of a Tiger with this model. There are some inaccuracies compared to the real vehicle, but in the end, it looks like a Tiger. And the larger scale makes it quite imposing sitting on the shelf next to the usual 1/35 scale kits.
All in all, I am really pleased with how it turned out. I hadn’t really planned on spending as much time on it as I did, but the more I worked on it, the more fun I had.
Without further adieu, here is a short video of my Tamiya 1/25 scale Tiger I.