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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #120 on: April 16, 2023, 06:11:49 AM »
Crisp work!!!

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #121 on: April 17, 2023, 10:22:35 PM »
Jumping forward, the tracks were installed and afterward I added the skirts to both sides. Incidentally, I installed the tracks much like the real thing, by running a string across the top of the road wheels and pulling the track through to the drive sprocket. I really like using these individual track links!

Also you can see that after I finished the skirts I applied some faded green splotches. I've researched Tiger 712 for many, many years and have finally agreed with several long-time researchers that this tank was field-camouflaged to break up the desert tan color. I may be wrong to conclude this and my father never spoke about what color the tank was other than it had the black cat on the forward plate.

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #122 on: April 17, 2023, 10:44:14 PM »
Do you have any clue how this black cat look like? is it German emblem or US?

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #123 on: April 18, 2023, 12:08:23 AM »
I'll get a photo of it, it was a black panther. The Kubelwagen that dad drove in Tunisia was also from the same unit, he remembered the black cat insignia and they didn't paint it out on his Kubel.

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #124 on: April 18, 2023, 03:27:41 PM »
Here is a photo of the cat, this insignia was used by sp.Pz.Abt. 501, the first Tiger unit into North Africa. The cat can be seen on the one photo of 712 with the American officer standing in the turret opening that I posted earlier in this topic.

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #125 on: April 18, 2023, 04:05:43 PM »
 :-razz :-ok

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #126 on: April 30, 2023, 12:04:34 PM »
Looks great ! Like the fenders !

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #127 on: May 19, 2023, 03:11:04 AM »
One good thing about this build taking many years is that new products have come out since I started it. My first set of turret numbers never satisfied me as they were larger than those on the real tank. At the time I applied them they were all that was available. Recently I found this great sheet and was lucky enough to find one.

Here are photos of the original numerals, after I stripped them from the turret and the new decals after installation.
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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #128 on: May 19, 2023, 05:53:27 AM »
Interesting details about turret size and nice to see this one with numbers ;)

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #129 on: May 26, 2023, 11:13:11 PM »
Looks great !

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Re: Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
« Reply #130 on: May 27, 2023, 02:31:27 AM »
Thanks!

The Tiger is actually finished but still needs to have photos taken.