Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast SturmTiger
About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
The Battlefield series are casts of built-up models, with a reduced number of parts and the same level of quality. The downside, as I found out, is that any misalignments are very difficult to correct where they could have been avoided with a little care during construction!
Older Milicast models show their age, with loads of bubbles, wobbly panel lines, and chunky details.
About the vehicle
18 of these 65 ton monsters were built from salvaged Tiger I tanks in 1944. Armed with a 38cm mortar firing a 350kg shell, they were intended for use in the next Stalingrad, but ended up defending the Reich. 2 survive in museums. You can read more on the SturmTiger on Wikipedia.
About the kit
This is a long out of production first generation Milicast kit. It came without instructions. Not a lot to say other than it's probably a writeoff.