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Built Review
HO scale
Tiger I on Flat Car
Roco Minitank Tiger Railway Car Custom Detailed #764
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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JTG Products is a new model maker focusing on HO scale WWII-era models. This review is a custom combination set Tiger Railway Car, item 764.

JTG Products
JTG Products focuses on the modeling of the German Railroad of the WWII Era. Modeling the World War II Eastern Front since 1984, and recently building models for others, in May 2013 an enjoyable full time hobby became JTG Products. JTG Products makes lineside structures such as, but not limited to
    Barbed wire obstacle models of wood and metal
    Detail parts and sets in various media
    Diorama scenes
    Freight and containers
    Loading ramps
    Sand bags
    Stacks of ammunition
    Weapons emplacements

JTG also combines, customizes, paints and decals commercial HO railway rolling stock and military personnel and equipment for sale. More than German subjects are available and while there are too many to list here, an example is his set Roco Minitanks Patton's 3rd Army 24 Soldiers 2 Sherman Tanks Custom, including everything in the title, painted and ready to populate your layout! The models and services can be found via the website JTG1942 and eBay.

While JTG Products is focused on military modeling, these many of his products are perfect for civilian scenes, too.

Tiger Railway Car
This is an assembled, painted and decaled Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E SdKfz 181 Tiger I chained to a heavy duty flat car for transport. The Tiger model is the 'modern' MiniTank (Formerly Roco, now marketed by Herpa.) with better detail and several separate pieces.

The flat car features a wood deck. JTG added restraining chains.

Roco/Herpa's new Tiger I is a nice model with several separate pieces to attach. Focused Tiger modelers will find some items are not attached per "the book", i.e., tow cable loops.
Nobody to my knowledge has produced a set of the narrow transport tracks on which Tigers rode over the rails. If a collector is focused upon that level of accuracy, cutting back the tracks should not be too great a job. The 8.8 cm KwK 36 would also be protected with a muzzle bag, as would the mount for the bow machine gun. Again, if a collector is focused upon that level of accuracy, creating such should not be too great a job. After all, larger scale Tiger modelers love to improve their models with an abundance of aftermarket items.

Tigers were secured to their ride with certain blocking, too. Creating it with scraps of balsa wood should be simple.

paint and details
JTG applied decals to the Tiger. These were set over an non-glossy surface and thus has carrier film is shiny. Modelers can easily fix this by a number of techniques.

JTG Products' website is JTG1942 which I presume is the year of his primary focus. The Tiger has been finished in Anthrazitgrau 'Panzergrau' RAL 7021. Very early Tigers wore Panzergrau to the Leningrad front in 1942 and subsequent Tigers had several months before the 1943 OKH directive ordering Dunkelgelb 'Panzer yellow' RAL 7028 as the new factory base coat.

Both models have been treated with a wash and other weathering paints. The Tiger running gear has been treated with a pigment. The flat car deck has been stained.

This set is mounted in a display case with a ballasted railroad track base. Models are fastened to it with a screw and a plate. The model can grace your display shelf as-is, or be removed for operation on your layout or diorama.

Tiger Railway Car provides modelers and collectors with a ready-to-run model of a PzKpfw VI Ausf. E and flat car transport combination in a display case. Modelers can enjoy it as-is, or remove the set to suit any purpose.

Modelers who focus on the Tiger I will spot things that they may want to change for preference and expectation. The dark gray camouflage limits the plausible era for the tank. Of course, if you don't like it, repaint it!

Still, the set looks good and can be the focal point of a diorama or an enhancement to a layout. Recommend.

We thank JTG Products for sending this casting in for review. Please tell them you saw this here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: Restraining chains connecting the panzer to the flat car. Weathering and decals.
Lows: Shiny decal film. Modelers who focus on the Tiger Ausf.E will spot things that they may want to change for preference and expectation.
Verdict: This set looks good and can be the focal point of a diorama or an enhancement to a layout.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 764
  Related Link: HO WWII Railroad Series
  PUBLISHED: May 22, 2015

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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