COBI 2556 – PzKpfw VI Tiger 131 – (Speed Build Review)

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COBI has not just given the new Tiger 131 a simple facelift. It is visibly larger, has more details and comes with new construction techniques.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 2556
Theme: Military
Release: 2021
Parts: 850
Figures: 1
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 3 Hours
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Instructions

Construction

You won’t find any large plates with this set. Therefore we start with several small plates in the first layer, which are connected to other plates. Since the hull tapers by an odd number of studs, many jumper plates have to be used. COBI likes to use this in many models. The front and rear with the axles for the drive wheels are built separately again and then attached to the hull. After that, the model quickly gains height because large bricks are used.

Of course, the Tiger also gets an engine. However, this is not built separately, but created directly on site. Unfortunately, you can no longer reach it later. It is covered by a hatch, but due to the indicated exhaust pipes it can no longer be opened. After the hull has been completely tiled, a few more hoses are used as decoration. Then we take care of the chains. As you are used to from COBI, these run smoothly and do not require any pressure.

In the last work steps, we are still building the turret, which consists of very few add-on parts. The curves are achieved using plates, slopes and large molded parts. Only the stern is built separately and then placed on the turret. This also has a storage compartment in which some of the supplied grenades have space. The nameplate is built from several plates and is not only significantly larger than the usual variant, but also looks a lot nicer. The only figure included in the set is an employee of the museum, in which the original of this model is today. You could also think it was a little Arthur. COBI fans know who that is.

Conclusion:

A lot has changed compared to its predecessor. The model is not only much more detailed, it is also a stud wider. This makes it appear bulky and not only stands out from the old model in small details. Even if you already have it, the new Tiger 131 is worth buying.

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