Panzerstahl PS89003 German PzKpfw VII Lowe Super Heavy Tank (1:72 Scale)
"[Hitler overestimated] the importance of [technology]. As a result, he would count on a mere handful of assault-gun detachments or the new Tiger tanks to restore situations where only large bodies of troops could have any prospect of success."
- German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein
The Panzerkampfwagen VII Lowe (Lion) was a design for a Super Heavy Tank created by Krupp for the Nazi German government during World War II. The project never left the drawing board, and was dropped in late 1942 in favor of the Panzer VIII Maus.
The Lowe was designed in two variants:
Leichter Lowe crew of five, 1000-hp engine, weight of 76 tons, 100mm frontal armor, rear-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 27 km/h.
Schwerer Lowe crew of five, 1000-hp engine, weight of 90 tons, 120mm frontal armor, center-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 23 km/h.
When shown the designs, Adolf Hitler ordered the Leichter Lowe dropped and the Schwerer Lowe re-designed with a 150mm main gun, 140mm frontal armor, and a top speed of 30 km/h. No prototype of either design was ever built. Some elements of the Schwerer Lowe design were used in the Tiger II.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German PzKpfw VII Lowe super heavy tank.
Length: 5.75 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Release Date: December 2012
Historical Account: "The Lion and the Maus" - In late 1942, the Lowe project was cancelled in favor of the development of the Maus. During the development of the Tiger II, designers planned to build a redesigned version of the Lowe (as suggested by Oberst Fichtner), which would be armed with an 88mm KwK L/71 gun and its frontal armor protection would be increased to 140mm (as planned before). The redesigned Lowe would be able to travel at a maximum speed of 35km/h and it would weigh 90 tons. It was to be powered by a Maybach HL 230 P 30, 12-cylinder engine producing 800hp. The Lowe would be 7.74 meters long (with the gun), 3.83 meters wide and 3.08 meters high. It would be operated by a crew of five. Plans called for the Lowe to eventually replace the Tiger II.
From February to May 1942, six different designs were considered, all based on the requirements for the Lowe. On March 5/6th 1942, an order for the heavier tank was placed, however, the project was stopped in July 1942.
The Lowe project never reached the prototype stage but it paved the way for its successors development - Porsches Maus.