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Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger Henschel Turret Last Production

DML 1/35 Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger Henschel Turret Last Production Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review July 2011 Manufacturer DML
Subject Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger Henschel Turret Last Production w/Transport Track Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6209 Primary Media 1,026 parts (975 in grey styrene, 28 etched brass, 20 clear styrene, 2 twisted steel wire, 1 turned aluminum barrel)
Pros Provides narrow transport tracks with a Tiger II kit Cons Few noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $49.95

First Look

Dragon has now released what is essentially its ninth Tiger II kit (six under the aegis of DML and two variants) and now provides their Henschel variant kit with a set of narrow transport tracks. This kit was originally forecast for release in 2006 but was held back for some reason.

For some odd reason – apparently a disconnect on the part of some of the DML sections – the initial review copy of this kit came missing many of the details added to recent versions of the Tiger II kits. This was clear from both the missing parts in the kit and also no callouts on the front page of the directions. After submitting the initial review on 16 July 2011, I was contacted by a lady named Iris from DML’s marketing section to inform me my review was wrong. I noted that no, it was not; the kit did not have the parts nor did the directions show it.

Nine days latter the missing 55 parts from the upgraded versions of the Tiger II kits and a new set of directions arrived, so apparently DML DOES pay attention to their reviews and fix their kits! The kit now comes with all of the fine T series generic details that recent German kits have sported, most recently the Tiger II with zimmerit kit (No. 6303).

The kit provides its transport tracks in the form of new flat links (the R sprues) and a set of Panther transport tracks (E sprues) which are assembled to form the transport tracks. The assembly is very confusing as DML only provides a single photo in Step 9 to show how they assemble which is not clear – there are A links (Panther tracks with dual guide teeth) and B links (flat links with dual connectors of which only one is used). Assembly will be tedious, particularly since the Panther links have three ejection pin marks on each one.

Having been taken to task about fender bolt holes being too big on previous kits, DML now the modeler redrilling them and using brass parts to cover the holes.

The remainder of the kit provides for a Tiger II with Henschel turret with the “normal” steel road wheels, a smaller set of etched brass for the screens and detail parts. All of the fine details are now included – two options for the cupola with clear periscopes, the bow MG34 with ball mount, travel lock, exhaust bases, tools and OVM, and turret top details as well as the track installation tow heads.

Alas, the kit regretfully uses the “Color Photo” version of the DML directions, using a pre-painted or primed version of the kit, which makes it far more difficult to determine the correct location of parts as it shows them installed and not when or how to install them. To make matters worse, this time they are printed in black and white!

Technical credit is given to Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

There are three finishing options covered: Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1945 (“Ambush” scheme, no markings); Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1945 (three-color scheme, no markings); and 3/s.Pz.Abt. 511, Eastern Front 1945 (“Ambush” scheme, no markings). Three tiny crosses are provided on a Cartograf sheet, albeit none of the schemes show them being used.

Overall this is now a nice and thorough kit (at over 1,000 parts it should be!) and is complete.

Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon Models USA (and Iris!) for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 17x2 Tiger II drive wheels
  • B 50x2 Tiger II hull fittings and exhausts
  • C 35 Tiger II hatches and hull fittings (early kit parts)
  • D 33 Tiger II upper hull and fittings, bow tow mounts
  • E 80x4 Panther - transport tracks
  • G 26x3 Tiger II standard (Normal Type) steel wheels, road wheel arms
  • I 1 Tiger II lower hull
  • J 8 MG34 machine gun and fittings
  • K 10 Tiger II fenders and fittings
  • L 12 Clear styrene
  • N 48 Tiger II cupola and turret fittings
  • O 44 Tiger II Henschel turret base and fittings
  • P 22 Tiger II (H) Late - drivers, mantlet, details
  • R 52x4 Tiger II track center pads
  • S 8 Clear styrene
  • T 1 Twisted steel wire - light
  • U 2 Cupola base
  • W 1 Twisted steel wire - heavy
  • TD 4 Track installation cable heads
  • TF 3 German tools - 8.8 cm muzzle brake
  • TG German tools - close-in defense weapon
  • TH 3 German tools - lock mechanism
  • TJ 10 German tools - turret cupola MG ring mount
  • TL 7 Exhaust bases and details
  • TK 3 German tools - glacis ball mount
  • MA 18 Etched brass
  • MB 1 aluminum turned barrel
  • MC 5 Etched brass
  • MD 5 Etched brass