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REVIEW
Xtreme Modeling's the Tiger I
keenan
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 11:42 AM UTC
Jim Rae Reviews the Third, in the Spanish Publisher Xtreme Modelling''s series of Modeling Manuals (Elements in Combat). This time a move from the established themes, a book dealing with modeling the Tiger I and some of its variants.



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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 07:32 PM UTC
Thanks for getting that posted Shaun!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 07:32 PM UTC
The research isn't the best.
The sample colour plates show S32 with no loader's periscope, and with side supports on the turret bin, putting it around Jan '43. In fact the tank was built months later, both details are wrong, and that could lead you to buying the wrong kit for your build. The smoke launchers are depicted on the turret side, but it had none.
And from what I can see on the 2nd sample page, he's using a "final model loader's hatch" which was never actually installed on a Tiger E?

David
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:31 PM UTC
Nicely laid out pages, with some really well explained stages for detailing painting and weathering...
I agree with David's point on the slight inaccuracies depicted on the plates, this can lead to all sorts of woes and trauma for the modeller aim for a close to historically accurate depiction of a Tiger, especially somebody starting out on the Tiger with a little knowledge of the beast (like me! ) It reminds me of a hybridization between Pat Stansells excellent 'The Modellers Guide to The Tiger Tank' and Ospreys 'Modelling The Tiger 1', and there were also a couple of build innacuracies in those... But I refer to them often and love them truly , I will also be buying this as well, but will always use solid technical,photo-graphical and reliable acknowledged sources for a build. These guides are great but should be used as part of the 'process' rather than a 'definitive', and anyway the more books the better eh? Especially when it comes to big cats... I starting to believe that it might be better if we had a publication for every identified Tiger ever produced... Do you think? ...Nahhh!
Thanks for the review Jim, I'm off to the shops... Again.

Phil.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:40 PM UTC
Phil, you're absolutely correct, one of the areas I DID complain about in the Review was the lack of of a bibliography. It's NOT the last word on the Tiger, however it will give many confidence to go a bit further. That for me, is one of the key-points.