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In-Box Review
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Tiger 1 Barrel

by: Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]


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introduction

With the release some time ago of Dragon's Initial and Late tiger I's, this barrel is rather late in coming, but better late than never!



the barrel

The barrel is made from aluminium as you'd expect, with a machined muzzle brake integral to the barrel. as for dimensions, the barrel is the exact size of the one supplied in the kit for which it is recommended, which is any one of the Dragon Tiger I kits, although given that the Dragon Late Tiger I and Initial are actually supplied with aluminium barrels, one has to wonder why an aftermarket one is produced?



With this in mind, let me take a look at the differences between the kit supplied one and the Eduard example. As I've already said, they're both exactly the same size, however the Eduard one is supplied with an integral aluminium muzzle brake, whereas both Dragon kits come with a moulded styrene brake in 3 parts. The Eduard example lacks the detail of the locking ring inside the muzzle brake and also the small fittings on top of the brake that would secure it to the barrel.



The detail around the rear collar which consists of an engraved join line and two small notches, I have to say are not as well done as on the Dragon supplied barrel. In fact when painted the Eduard barrel will not look as if it has a join here at all. The fitting of the Eduard barrel is easy enough, being an exact drop-in replacement for the Dragon barrel.



in conclusion

A bit dissapointing this one. Difficult to see why you would want to use it, since the aluminium barrel supplied in the base kit is in my opinion, superior. Difficult to recommend therefore.



My thanks to Eduard for the review sample.
SUMMARY
A replacement barrel from Eduard, that's purpose seems unecassary, in that the ones supplied witht he recommended kits are in fact superior.
  'SOFT' DETAIL:60%
  MISSING DETAIL:60%
  SUPERFLUOUS:55%
Percentage Rating
60%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 34054
  Suggested Retail: $10.95
  Related Link: Eduard
  PUBLISHED: Apr 08, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

About Vinnie Branigan (Teacher)
FROM: ENGLAND - NORTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

Copyright 2019 text by Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.


   

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  • 01
    Complete Barrel
  • 02
    Brake Profile
  • 03
    Join
  • 04
    Attatchment Profile
  • 05
    Attachment end
  • 06
    Muzzle Brake