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Detailing Italeri’s Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger “331” – Part 2

In this second installment we’ll continue detailing Italeri’s #7030 Jagdtiger model kit with aluminum sheet scratchbuilt details and a little help from the spares drawer.In our previous article of “Detailing Italeri’s Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger” we assembled, improved or modified the basic parts of the kit by using plastic sheet and mesh. In this installment we will go a step forward and use something else; aluminium sheet, A.K.A. tin, A.K.A. beer can!.

For those of you looking for an excuse to kit the liquour store, or if you are under age, it works equally well with soda cans. Just empty or drink the contents,  wash the can, cut it with a good quality heavy duty pair of scissors or with a heavy duty cutter.

Warning: Exercise maximum care with this material as it is really sharp, so handle with care!.

Let’s get to it!

Jagdtiger 331 scratchbuilt spare track link on hull sides

The spare track link hooks at the side of the hull were made using aluminum sheet.

Jagdtiger mud fender scratchbuilt hinge

Decided to add the front fender hinges in my Jagdtiger model so I did it rolling the same aluminium from the beer can over a 0,3mm aluminium wire and superglued in place on both sides.

Damaged Jagdtiger front fender detail

Side detail on Jagdtiger 331 - Italeri 1/72

Thin strips of aluminium dress the undersides of the damaged front fender. I added all the rest of the welded on pieces and accessories, pioneer tool and fender attachment points made from previously drilled plastic card.

Pioneer tools Jagdtiger attachment points

The kit spare track links are molded backwards and looks nothing like the real thing. So I resorted to my spare box from some spare links out of Dragon’s Kingtiger. I had to drill the wholes in place but once in place they are wonderful and much better than the original parts.

Jagdtiger scratchbuilt details

Jagdtiger hull side details with dragon spare link track

Tow cables were made using twisted cooper wire with rolled aluminium ends glued to the kit loop parts. I decided to use just one and left it attached to the front shackle as if it was used recently.

Jagdtiger with twisted cooper wire tow cable, scratchbuilt details and Dragon spare track links

Improved Italeri Jagdtiger scale model

The back was left a bit unattended and looked kinda plain, so I decided to scratchbuild a fender using aluminium. I created this much like the rest of the parts, rolling aluminium sheet over thin wire to create the hinges and cutting/drilling for the rest of the details. All the parts were glued together with Cyano glue. Once in place it adds a lot of detail to that part of the model.

Sracthbuilt 1/72 rear Jagdtiger fender

Braille Sergeant
Truth is we don't know where he came from. Some says he was a Japanese model manufacturer experiment that went wrong... too realistically bad mouthed for a toy. Others would say Chuck Norris was visiting Airfix in the old days when he somehow got injured by the machinery and some of his blood dropped on the injection machine just when this soldier was being made. All we know is he came to wreak havoc among those who don't believe in the only true scale.

4 thoughts on “Detailing Italeri’s Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger “331” – Part 2

  1. The detailing on the jadgtiger 186 is awesome! I’m still new to armour modelling so looking at this shows me I can up my detailing quite a bit as I built this kit out of the box.

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