88mm KwK 36 L/56 Barrel
for Tiger I Late Model

armorscale Set No. B48-002
1:48th Scale
Review by Terry Ashley

Armorscale have entered the 1:48 game with this replacement barrel for the Skybow Tiger I Late Model (Kit No. TP4801) and consists of one aluminium barrel, five machined brass parts and seven finely etched parts plus a small instruction sheet.

The metal parts are finished to a high standard without any surface blemishes and the etched parts are the same good quality as their 1:35 items.

Metal and etched barrel parts

The barrel features fine rifling in the hollowed out muzzle but there is no outer thread like the 1:35th barrels with the parts simply slide fitting together.

The collar half way down the barrel is also a separate part which you obviously fit first before attaching the muzzle brake with this part being an excellent fit without any excess play.

Rrifling and inner grommet details

The muzzle brake has the rear and forward halves separate with a small round grommet fitted to the inside, this in turn has a small etched flange added for detail and the small etched retaining bolt on the top of the rear muzzle brake.

Assembly of the muzzle brake is straightforward and the inner grommet is best attached inside the front muzzle brake part as this makes fitting the two muzzle brake parts together much easier.

Assembled muzzle brake

The fit of all the brass and etched parts was spot on without any filing or trimming needed and just a small dab of cyanoacrylate will hold the parts together.

Assembled barrel in Skybow mantlet

The fit of the metal barrel to the Skybow mantlet collar is a nice snug fit and again no excess play while there is a small engraved line on the barrel that lines up with the front of the gun collar to ensure the correct barrel length.


A nicely machined and detailed barrel with a minimum of assembly that will add considerable more detail to the Skybow kits pointy end.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to armorscale for the review set.

Page created January 24, 2006

Click Browsers BACK button to return to list
Home / Reviews / 1:48 Vehicle Reviews / Armorscale