Forces of Valor 80077 German Sd. Kfz. 182 PzKpfw VI King Tiger Ausf. A Heavy Tank - Unidentified Unit, France, 1944 [D-Day Commemorative Packaging] (1:32 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
In January 1943, a new Tiger tank was ordered by the Waffenamt, this time with a turret large enough to mount the fearsome 8.8cm L/71 gun. Besides improving its tank killing capabilities, the new Tiger was also intended to be more survivable on the battlefield. To achieve this, the thickness of the frontal armor was increased to 150mm, while the side armor remained constant at 80mm. A wooden mock-up showing the immense size of the vehicle was displayed on October 20th, 1943 and immediately became the center of attention to all that saw it. Production of the vehicle began soon thereafter in November 1943 although the first 50 vehicles sported the Porsche turret with its curved front plate.
On December 6th, the Waffenant deemed that the shot-trap formed by the turret be eliminated. This was achieved by Henschel re-designing the turret and gun mantlet, in such a manner as to decrease the frontal area while at the same time incorporating a bell-shaped mantlet. By March 1945, 489 Royal Tigers (a.k.a.
Konigstigers or "King Tigers") had been produced. Apart from five vehicles issued to the Feldherrnhalle division, all of the Tiger II heavy tanks were assigned to independent schwere Panzer detachments due to the tank's staggering size and weight, as well as its relatively slow rate of maneuver.
Now Unimax has crafted a marvelous 1:32 scale diecast replica of the PzKpfw VI King Tiger Ausfuhrung A heavy tank with the Porsche turret. This stunning recreation features a rotating turret, elevating gun, and realistic-looking vinyl tracks! This particular King Tiger is painted in a dazzling summer camouflage pattern. Back Order! Ship Date: November 2014.
Length: 12.5 inches
Width: 4.63 inches
Height: 3.75 inches
Release Date: February 2013