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Sturmtiger
Sturmmorser Tiger
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by: Matthew Quiroz [ RED4 ]


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Introduction

Too little too late; that seems to be the story of the Sturmtiger. Only eighteen of these beasts were built before the war ended, and as such they weren’t able to contribute much to the overall effort. The Sturmtiger was an assault gun built on the Tiger I chassis and armed with a large 38 cm Raketen-Werfer RW61 L/5.4 rocket launcher. Its purpose was to provide heavy fire support for the infantry fighting in built-up urban areas. Of the eighteen vehicles produced, some fought in the Warsaw Uprising, the Battle of the Reichswald, and the Battle of the Bulge around Bastogne.

The Kit

AFV Club’s offering in 1/48 scale is a nicely-done kit that shares some of the same sprues as their Tiger I in the same scale. Parts are flash-free and molded in an olive colored plastic consisting of approximately 217 parts on 4 sprues. Zimmerit detail is molded on the lower and rear hull plates. A PE Zimmerit tool is provided to add this anti-magnetic mine coating to the remaining areas where required. A set of PE screens is also included, along with a unique way of attaching the road wheels: instead of gluing them on, the inner road wheels are slid on first, and the outer wheels mounted using small screws. The screw heads are then covered by separate hubs. Sprockets and idlers are mounted using screws, too.

Dry-fitting the upper and lower hull pieces together revealed a good fit with no gaps or misalignment. The one piece glue-able vinyl tracks are very pliable and feature excellent detail, but also show a few nasty pin marks on the inner surfaces that will have to be dealt with. As stated above, this kit shares several of the same pieces from their Tiger I release, and should be good for the spares box. Construction is carried out over 12 steps and is easy to follow. A parts diagram is listed on the inside of the instructions, as is a separate small addendum showing the placement of the Zimmerit. A brief history of the vehicle is provided in the instructions, but it gives a little insight into this monster.

Painting & Decals

Paint call-outs are given for Hobby Color, Mr. Color, Mr. Color Spray, Humbrol, Revell, and Lifecolor, so the builder has numerous options as far as selection. A nice full-size color print of the vehicle is included and could aide in painting. Only two painting options are given:

• PzStuMrKp 1001, Western Front, 1945: Soft edged pattern of red brown, dark yellow and dark green.
• “Unknown” unit: Hard-edged three tone ambush pattern of red brown, dark yellow and dark green.

There are no decals provided so the builder will have to use the spares box or source them from Tiger options.

Conclusion

Overall this looks to be another fine offering from AFV Club that should build into a nice representation of this WWII beast.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nicely detailed. PE zimmerit rake included. PE screens. Innovative approach to attaching the road wheels.
Lows: Will have to add zimmerit to remainder of hull and other pieces. No decals provided.
Verdict: Nice kit of an interesting subject. Should appeal the 48th scale crowd
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: AF48006
  Suggested Retail: $28 USD
  Related Link: website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 26, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.68%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.65%

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About Matthew Quiroz (Red4)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

Full time student with classes 6 days a week. Yay! Closing in on my degree in Outdoor Leadership.

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Comments

Judging from the pictures Bill this appears to be a steel wheeled version of the SturmTiger which I believe means it cannot represent the one in Poland as that was not a steel wheeled version, however I have been wrong before. The inclusion of the racks and Zimm is a nice touch, but unless you specifically want to build a 1/48th scale vehicle for the price I would go for one of the 1/35th scale kits which are a similar price.
AUG 26, 2009 - 07:18 PM
I'm getting a MSRP of about $28...actual cost less. Shipping included, just a tad over $20 to the U.S. from Lucky Model
AUG 26, 2009 - 10:45 PM
Thank you James as that does make a big difference to the buy ability of this product.
AUG 27, 2009 - 07:33 AM
That's always a dilemma on pricing: MSRP or "street" price? I generally use the latter.
AUG 27, 2009 - 11:49 AM
No problem Bill but you can see my point.
AUG 27, 2009 - 01:50 PM
Darren, you made a couple of points, so I'm not sure which one you mean. Do you mean the kit is pricey for 1/48th? I presume quarter scalers aren't comparing apples and oranges that way, but perhaps some of you guys who like that scale can comment on whether the price would discourage you?
AUG 27, 2009 - 03:03 PM
The price you quoted would mean 1/35th for me the price James quoted would make me consider it if looking for a kit to make in that scale.
AUG 27, 2009 - 06:32 PM
We usually go with list price, Darren, and let the interested parties do their own shopping. When you posted that I did a double take myself, as the price seemed exceptionally high...so took a quick look at a couple of online stores, and found it's actually quite reasonable in the 'real' world
AUG 27, 2009 - 10:24 PM
Thanks, Darren, for that perspective. My older eyes and less-nimble fingers mean quarter-scale is just not my thing. Same with planes: 1/32nd or nothing. I built several 1/48th planes after coming back to the hobby, and enough's enough.
AUG 28, 2009 - 10:12 AM
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