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Tamiya 1/48 Tiger I Early Eastern Front (103)

This review is dedicated to Tamiya 1/48 Tiger I Early Eastern Front (103). Fresh release comes as yet another vehicle in the series of models from Japanese brand. It is interesting to see them pressing more and more kits in 1/48 scale, which is good for some modelers. Moreover, we are promised nicely detailed model here, so it should be fun to build and paint. Packaging is typical, each frame comes in the separate plastic bag. Let's open them and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with Nashorn in the same scale.
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This sprue is supplied in two pieces. Here you will get some drivetrain parts as well as minor extras. It is good to see plastic tracks as such parts should be easier to work with.


Turret should be glued out of several panels. Note that all hatches are separate and can be opened on your model.


Lower section of the hull is molded as single-piece element. Such design should be easier to work with and we also get suspension arms in place.


Hull panels can be found on the next sprue as well. Small circular parts will be needed for metal weights installation.


Yes, we get two-piece main barrel here. I would recommend to replace it with metal aftermarket which will give you a better-looking result.


Top hull panel comes on the last frame. Note that it also has premolded pioneer tools which will require careful painting.


Just like any previous 1/48 tank model from Tamiya, this one features metal weights to be placed in the hull. Decals look fine and should be easy to apply. Assembly manuals come in black-and-white, you can check all pages in the video-review.


New version of the Tiger should be already available for purchase. In my opinion this is a decent option for modelers who don't want to work on bigger scale kit. Moreover, you will get all necessary things out of the box, and there is plenty of aftermarket available today. The only thing which kind of surprises me - two-piece main barrel, which is weird to see in 2022. Let's hope that next releases from Tamiya will be a bit more advanced in this sense. :)
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Pros

  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • Plastic tracks

Cons

  • Do we really need metal weights?
  • No figures
  • Black-and-white manuals
  • Two-piece main barrel

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