Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bergstiger to Gun Tiger

Another partwork magazine I have been collecting is Military Vehicles magazine (Which is rather a plain name, but quite descriptive of the contents). Issue three of the magazine (of which I bought some additional copies) offered a model M1126 Stryker and a model Bergetiger.


And all for under NZ$15 an issue.
Now, while having multiple model Strykers is very useful, having multiple models of a vehicle that most likely only one ever existed of, is somewhat less useful.

Tank and spare parts.
Fortunately, I had spare parts from one of the many different Tiger I kits put out by Hasegawa, and thus I had a solution for one of the extra Bergetigers. (One of the others I sent over to Paul at Plastic Warriors click here to see his post on it).

Useful spares.
The first step was to remove the crane and winch, which according to some (click here for more detail) is too small to use as a recovery vehicle, but was actually designed for use as a demolition charge layer. Other theories are discussed here.

And all gunned up.
I have of course kept one for use as a demolitions tank, or workshop tractor, or even an ARV!

6 comments:

  1. Looks good. For those without such an extensive spares box, S&S Models do a conversion kit (I'm not related!)

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    1. Thanks! S&S do very nice stuff, so their conversion kit would be quite a good one!

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  2. I have one of these - given it by someone... I think I'll keep it as a recovery vehicle, but really in effect a battlegoup HQ vehicle/logistics element. But I like the conversion!

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    1. Thanks Ion,
      I'm glad you liked it:) I think keeping it as a support asset is a good idea. I converted this one as two models of a vehicle that only one actual vehicle existed of might be one model too many!

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  3. Excellent idea Brian. My one is still on the to do list. Tigers have no priority rating down here :)

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    1. Normally they aren't on mine either, but I wanted to see if the conversion would work!

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