Kit Preview : 1/76 Fujimi Tiger II Henschel turret with hard tracks
About the manufacturer
Fujimi is the only remaining active major 1/76 plastic injection molded kit manufacturer. They took on the Nitto range about a decade ago and have been rereleasing tehir catalog gradually. Their latest kits include link and length hard plastic tracks. Be sure to check if the kit you are buying has the old rubbery tracks or the new ones. Just a hint: the cheaper ones have the vinyl tracks.
Henk of Holland has a very useful list of all the serial numbers of Fujimi and Nitto kits.
About the vehicle
The Tiger II was Germany's last and largest tank of the war. As a 68,5 ton monster with a long 88mm gun and a lot of armor, it was pretty invulnerable to enemy tanks. Unfortunately the engine and drive train could not handle the weight. Of the 492 Tiger II's produced 50 used the "Porsche" turret, which was actually the prototype design by Krupp.
More information at Wikipedia.
About the kit
To state the obvious, this is the same kit as the Porsche turret King Tiger with a different turret.
The model is identical in size with the Cromwell resin kit. It pretty detailed even though some of the smaller details have a blocky feel to them.
The track puller cable is missing from the right side of the hull and the tow cables look like ropes. The fire extinguisher and wire cutter are missing from the rear deck. The tracks look nice. They add a lot to overall realism. I wish Fujimi will revamp all their kits.