1/35 Italeri 'TIGER I' Diorama

Gallery Article by Thanos Mentzelopoulos on Mar 25 2012

  Greece National Day

Well, this is not only the first AFV, but also the first diorama I submit to ARC. It is the Italeri kit of the early production Tiger I which underwent certain modifications in order to represent a Tiger of the eastern front. The figures come from the Italeri kit as well as from a separate kit by Tamiya. 

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The kit is of excellent quality of detail and so I didn't have to use any filler. It was airbrushed with Humbrol enamels (panzer grey) and then with white in order to represent the winter camouflage. The figures were painted with Humbrol enamels and a mixture of oil paints. The model was extensively weathered with washes, dry-brushing and chalk pastels. The snow was made of baking soda. I also added some accessories (fuel canisters, drums, foodstuff boxes, maps, tools) and opened the rear engine hatches in order to show the broken down engine. The zimmerit paste was represented with a thin layer of filler and given its distinctive shape with the tip of a screwdriver. 

It was a very straightforward build and I enjoyed every minute of it. 

Thanos Mentzelopoulos

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Photos and text by Thanos Mentzelopoulos