Warlord Games have a new kit for gamers, a Tiger II, also known as the ‘King’ Tiger but one with a little bit of a difference.
There are three sprues in this kit, allowing you to build the basic hull and chassis for a King Tiger. Everything is there to add a few extra details to the kit but one of the three sprues contains two optional turret assemblies. One turret is the Henschel variant of the Krupp turret and the other is the original Krupp factory turret, often incorrectly said to have been designed by the Porsche company. The ‘Henschel’ turret has a flatter mantlet (gun mounting) and is missing a ‘bump’ intended to enlarge the commander’s cupola, whereas the ‘Porsche’ turret has a more rounded mantlet and the hard to make ‘bump’ The Henschel version of the Krupp turret was easier to manufacture and was therefore much more common.
Both turret versions and the front and side of the hull come with Zimmerit paste (the anti-magnetic mine material) on the kit. This appears to have been applied in a very uniform pattern compared to the real thing, although this is porbably done for the purposes of tooling when producing the kit. As always, the kit itself is of the ‘easy build’ variety, so gamers can get the vehicle onto the table and those with more model making ability can add to the finished version if they wish. There is a nice plastic command figure, the traditional ‘top half’, in leather panzer jacket, officer’s cap and complete with Iron Cross on display.
Yet another addition to the Bolt Action range, and one with some useful flexibility in terms of choice of turret. As a replacement for a resin kit, there may be more involved in creating this plastic version but the effort is always worth it.