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Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Henschel turret w/Zimmerit s.Pz.Abt.505 Russia 1944

DML 1/35 Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Henschel turret w/Zimmerit s.Pz.Abt.505 Russia 1944 Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review July 2008 Manufacturer DML
Subject Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Henschel turret w/Zimmerit s.Pz.Abt.505 Russia 1944 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6400 Primary Media 820 parts (437 in grey styrene, 240 “Magic Track links, 139 etched brass, 2 twisted steel wire, 1 brass chain, 1 preformed brass wire)
Pros Previous kit minus some upgrade parts and one minor change to the turret shell Cons For this kit, nothing major noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $50

First Look

DML’s boutique modeling partner has re-released their excellent Tiger II with zimmerit kit (No. 6303) nearly verbatim, but minus some of the upgrade parts (white metal tow clevises, three turned brass 8.8 cm rounds and a turned aluminum barrel) and a modified turret shell for the specific use of s.Pz.Abt. 505 with its famous “Charging Knight” insignia, which they painted on bare steel. Since it is a verbatim repeat with only those minor changes, I cite my previous review from October 2007.

To create this kit and its companion Porsche turret variant, DML took the improved parts for their “Premium” kits of the Tiger II with newly molded bits and their generic accessory kits for German vehicles and changed out a total of 18 parts from the “Premium” kits, replacing them with neatly done parts simulating being coated with zimmerit paste. These include the upper hull (sides only), the turret shell, the hull rear plate, the machine gun ball mount for the glacis, the lower glacis, the turret rear hatch (two options), and the turret glacis.

The remainder of the kit provides for a Tiger II with Henschel turret with the “normal” steel road wheels, “Magic Track” pre-trimmed two-part single link track (toothed links and plate links), a slightly smaller sheet of etched brass for the screens and detail parts, and a complete set of the “T” series recently molded German tools and OVM. The ones provided are as follows: TA - pioneer tools and a fire extinguisher; TB - jack and cable hooks; TC -tow cable heads; TD - auxiliary cable heads; TF - 8.8 cm muzzle brake for aluminum barrel; TG - self-defense projector weapon; TH - hatch braces; TJ - turret AA MG ring mount; and TK - bow machine gun mount. It also comes with an aluminum gun barrel with “slide molded” muzzle brake and three turned brass 8.8 cm rounds.

But as the old proverb goes, be careful what you wish for. There are some areas which will require concentration and some extra work. The zimmerit is there and well done, but it also (still) covers most of the areas where mounts and clamps need to be attached to the hull and turret. DML got around this on the hull sides with raised smooth areas, but for mounting the extra track links on the turret it will take a ruler and a mini-chisel to skim off enough of the zimmerit coating to get a good mounting area. It will also require getting a good smooth finish on the model (as in Future floor wax or a similar product) to permit the kit’s decals to be used and snug down with out the normal pesky “silvering” caused by a lack of smooth areas for adhesion.

Also, 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.

Project supervisor was Hirohisa Takada, technical drawings by Minoru Igarashi, and technical advice for this kit was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

The model comes with markings for only one unit – s.Pz.Abt. 505 in Russia, 1944. These tanks were finished in either red-brown over sand or the late-war three color camouflage scheme of red-brown, dark green and sand. DML has provided a large sheet of Cartograf decals which will permit the modeler (with appropriate references) to model any of the 45 tanks used by this unit. The two suggestions from the directions are for 2-13 with the green knight or 1-24 with the red knight.

Overall for once this isn’t such an off-the-wall kit from, as it provides for a reasonably correct basis to model the tanks of one specific unit. Modelers who wanted to do these tanks with their colorful markings can now do it right without a lot of scraping and chiseling or having to do up their own zimmerit paste.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 6x2 Tiger II drive wheels
  • B 50x2 Tiger II hull fittings and exhausts
  • C 37 Tiger II hatches and hull fittings (early kit parts)
  • D 30 Tiger II hull fittings and bow tow mounts
  • G 26x3 Tiger II standard (Normal Type) steel wheels
  • I 1 Tiger II lower hull
  • J 8 MG-34
  • K 10 Tiger II fenders and fittings
  • K 18 Tiger II (Zimmerit) hull, turret shell, rear and detail components
  • L 11 Clear styrene
  • N 48 Tiger II cupola and turret fittings
  • 0 44 Tiger II Henschel turret base and fittings
  • S 8 Clear Styrene
  • U 2 Tiger II one-piece cupolas
  • W 2 twisted steel wire
  • Y 120 “Magic Track” links - with teeth
  • Z 120 “Magic Track” links - no teeth
  • TA 8 German tools - pioneer tools and brass bending mantrels
  • TB 11 German tools - OVM and jack
  • TC 4 German tools - tow cable heads
  • TD 4 German tools - track recovery 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
  • TK 3 German tools - glacis ball mount
  • MA 139 Etched brass
  • MB 1 preformed brass wire
  • MD 1 brass chain