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Jagdtiger Sd.Kfz.186
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Italeri, 1/72

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Catalogue Number: Italeri 7030 Jagdtiger
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 79 light tan plastic parts on two sprues; 46 silver-grey link and length tracks on one sprue plus alternative rubber band tracks; decals for four vehicles; A5 fold-out instructions with history, parts plan, 9 build diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$12.96 available online from Squadron
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Lots of detail, even for an ex. Esci kit; link and length tracks and excellent decals.
Disadvantages: No detail on the inside of link and length tracks, ejector pin marks on the inside of all road wheels
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glen Porter


Italeri's 1/72 scale Jagdtiger is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

It is a bit of a pity that  Italeri didn't release some of these ex-Esci small scale armour kits a few years ago. Esci's range was so vast that some of them are unlikely to ever be done again and some are up there with today's best.

This kit, judging by the level of detail, is one of Esci's latter efforts, in fact, when the Editor gave it to me to review, he thought it was a new Italeri moulding (I really did - ed.).

Italeri's 1/72 scale Jagdtiger comprises 79 parts moulded in light tan plastic, 46 silver-grey link and length tracks on one sprue plus alternative rubber band tracks; and decals for four vehicles.

 

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All the hatches can be modelled open, including the large doors at the rear of the fighting compartment. All tools and attachments are separate. You even get three reasonably moulded figures, one full length and two busts, with mounts so they can be placed in the open hatches. The road wheels are nicely detailed except that each pair are moulded as one, although, it would not be hard to put a groove in each to make them a pair. That said, however, the back of each wheel has three ejector pin marks right in the middle of all that lovely detail, which you will have to live with, but at least they will not be visible from the outside of the completed model.

Tracks are the usual Esci link and length - beautifully moulded on the out-side and nothing within.

Decals are printed by Zanchetti Buccnasco of Mi. Italy. They demonstrate perfect register and minimal carrier film as we've come to expect from Italeri, with markings for four vehicles but crosses for only two.

Instructions are the usual Italeri format with nine very clear build diagrams and two pages of paint and decal drawings, three of which are repeated in colour on the rear of the box.



 

Conclusion

 

I am not aware of any other 1/72 scale Jagdtigers, but if there were one, it would have to be very good indeed to improve on Italeri's offering.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 14 September, 2005
Last updated 14 September, 2005

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