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Just my 2 cents worth
Since I have these kits sitting in the "stash", I decided to put in my 2 cents worth on all of them at the same time. These three Rye Fields and the Takom kits are extremely detailed and complex kits to build. They have several Tigers that do not include interiors which are probably less involved easier builds.
Overall, these kits are for the diehard modeler interested in full interiors and extreme details.
With the possible exception of tracks and gun barrels,
Rye Fields Armor Kits
|Tiger I Pz.kpfw VI Auf. E
Eastern Front 1943
This is one of the seven versions of the Mark VI Tigers produced RFM and one of the three editions that comes with the complete interior.
Upon opening the box you'll find over 1800 parts on 14 Spues in the basic Panzer Tan along with two photo etch sheets and a slew of parts to make two sets of tracks. There are three different gun mantlets and two different turrets, with or without an escape hatch which are probably for the various different versions of the same kit. Same goes for the tool box, road wheels drive sprockets, all multiple versions so it appears the difference between this kit and the others is just the instruction manual and decal sets.
This specific version of RFM's Iiger tank came with an unusual Tool Box on the back of the Turret. After a little research I found that these Tanks were rushed and delivered without the box and the crews manufactured and fitted their own, filling it with scrounged equipment, If you prefer to use the classic Toolbox, there's one in the kit.
|Panther, Pz.kpfw V Auf. G
This is the special edition of RFM's initial offering of the Mark V Panther. It can be built in either the 1944 or 1945 production
Once opened, you'll find hundreds of parts on 12 sprues in the basic Panzer Tan along with two photo etch sheets and a slew of parts to make two sets of tracks. New to this RFM kit is clear turret and deck pieces, packed in a separate protective box within the box that allow the interior to be seen without cutting sections away or displaying the turret and hull separately.
Another difference between this and the Tiger kits is the 75mm ammunition. In this kit, all 88 shells are individual pieces whereas in the Tiger has them molded into racks.
Overall it looks like an amazing kit with multiple options that should keep even the rivet counters happy. I'm looking forward to adding it to my already overloaded display case
|Sturmmorser Tiger Pz.kpfw VI
Eastern Front 1943
This version of the Tiger has always intrigued me. I first saw it back in the 70's on World at War or some documentary series like that and recognized the distinctive Tiger I exhaust covers. With the availability of Rye Field's entry into this unique vehicle, I broke down and bought it. (it currently resides in "the stash")
Upon opening the box you'll find the usual large number of parts common to to the RFM and Takom Armored vehicle with full interiors.
The tracks come in individual links held together with pins rather than than the "magic tracks" found on the
Takom Armor Kits
|King Tiger w/ Henschel Turret
Pz.kpfw. VI Ausf. B, Sd.Kfz.182
This is one of those kits where you open the box and say "WOW!". I dig through the box pulling out sprue after sprue molded in medium gray then come to the hull and turret and remember oh yeah, this kit is 1/35th.
There are multiple versions of this kit available The Henschel or Porsche turret, and with or without the Zimmerit Paste used to protect the tasnk from magnetic mines.
This kit is Currently under construction