Ustar 1/48 King Tiger Krupp Turrett (005)

So this time we have a chance to check Ustar 1/48 King Tiger Krupp Turrett (005). Kit comes as the product with full interior. It is molded in smaller scale than typical 1/35 and might be interesting for modelers who don't have a lot of shelf space. I guess King Tiger doesn't require an extra introduction, but it is worth noting that two turret versions will be available. Today we are going to check the one with flat front. Packaging is typical for Takom - large box with each frame packed into separate plastic bag. Let's open them all and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with Meng kit in 1/35 scale.
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Watch this video-review where I show all parts even closer.

This frame comes in pair. As you can guess, manufacturer placed here various roadwheels and track lengths. Such design should be easy to work with.

Those large panels are actually interior inserts which will be installed inside. Note also torsion bars one-piece element in the left upper corner.

Next frame is dedicated to mix of parts. Note that some of them are quite thin and small, so you will have to be careful while separating them.

Ammo rounds are molded together with clamps and such design should be easier to install and paint.

The same can be said about side skirts. Some modelers might try to correct the thickness as it could be thinner to match the scale.

As this is an interior kit, there is engine and gearbox included. Here you can see all of the parts for those elements.

Premolded features look great out of the box. It might be worth checking some references and adding the wiring as well.

Do not be surprised with amount of small parts in this scale. Some of them will require tweezers in order to get into right spot.

Hull parts are molded as single-piece elements. With lower hull section you will have to install the separate interior walls.

Top hull section has separately molded hatches. Those are marked as closed in assembly manual, but I would recommend to open all of them. :)

Main gun is also nicely detailed, but note that periscopes are copied with grey plastic. Unfortunately there are no clear parts in this kit.

Turret main section is molded as single-piece element. Hatches are separate, and again it is worth opening them on your model.

Pioneer tools are molded with clamps. Towing cables come as single-piece elements.

PE fret comes as nice bonus for meshes on your King Tiger. It is a bit strange that no other elements inside are copied with photoetch. Decals look fine and should be useful for three markings.

Another nice bonus - zimmerit decals. Those should be useful for hull and turret, but the surface is not that three-dimensional. You can see all three markings on the photo below.

Assembly manual is typical for this brand. You can check all pages in the video-review.

New kit should be already available for purchase. In my opinion it is an interesting choice for those who are ready to work with internal bits. Moreover, even the standard build should look fine and you get all necessary things at once. There are some cons, which you can see listed below, but for example figurine can be bought separately. It might be also worth opening all of the hatches, so that interior is visible at least somehow.


  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • Good decals
  • PE and zimmerit included


  • No figure included?
  • Very plain zimmerit
  • No clear parts

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