King Tiger in 1:72 scale by Revell

King Tiger in 1:72 scale by Revell

This King Tiger is one of the earliest scale models that I did. Somewhere in 2011 I think. It was before I had an airbrush to use, so I painted it all with a brush. Painted it multiple times actually, as I remember having to brush all paint off with some strong dish cleaning liquid and starting over. I painted it finally with Vallejo acrylic colors. I did some washes with burned umber oil color and then sealed it all in Matte varnish which I got from a local art supplies store.

King Tiger (1)

King Tiger (2)

King Tiger (3)

King Tiger (4)

King Tiger (5)

King Tiger (8)

King Tiger (6)

King Tiger (7)

Sorry for the different white balances in the pictures. Back then I didn’t know anything about photography.

King Tiger?

When posted the first few pictures to imgur, I got a comment pointing out that the term “King Tiger” is a mistranslated. The official name of the tank is “Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B”, but the Germans nicknamed it to “Königstiger”. “König” translates to King., but “Königstiger” translates to Bengal Tiger. So at some point someone translated the tanks name wrong and now it lives on in popular culture as King Tiger. I checked all the terms in google trends and King Tiger was the most used term for the tank. Also, King Tiger sound cool!

Some historical information about the tank:

The Tiger II was the successor to the Tiger I, combining the latter’s thick armor with the armor sloping used on the Panther medium tank. The tank weighed almost 70 metric tons, and was protected by 100 to 180 mm (3.9 to 7.1 in) of armor to the front. It was armed with the long barreled 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 gun. The chassis was also the basis for the Jagdtiger turretless tank destroyer.

Model information

NameTiger II Ausf. B
ManufacturerRevell
Product ID03129
Scale1:72