Tamiya TAM26511 German Early Production Sd. Kfz. 181 Pzkpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - Turret No. '214', schwere Panzer Abteilung 505 (1:48 Scale)
"The gun and armor of the Tiger were superb, making it in many ways the most formidable tank in service. Even so, it was poor in maneuver, it was slow, and its turret was a slow traverser in action. It was a tank which was, at its best, immobile in ambush, when its killing power was very frightening."
- Douglas Orgill, "German Armor"
The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf. E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. Interestingly, Henschel und Sohn of Kassel was charged with building the heavily armored chassis while Krupp, by far the largest munitionwerks in Germany, was given the task of developing the turret. The PzKpfw VI Ausfuhrung E (type E) was one of the first German tanks to feature a torsion bar with eight interleaved wheels, which was designed to support the weight of the mammoth 57-ton tank. The Ausf. E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close support against enemy infantry. By war's end, 1,354 vehicles had been produced, some rolling off the Wegmann assembly line.
This particular 1:48 scale early production Tiger I tank bears turret number 214. Sold Out!
Length: 6 inches
Width: 2 inches
Historical Account: "Knights in White Satin" - Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505 was formed in January 1943. It was thereupon assigned to 9.Armee, which fought at Kursk. After Kursk, the unit was later attached to Heeresgruppe Mitte and fought at Smolensk. It was refitted with King Tiger tanks in September 1944, and fought alongside 24.Panzer-Division and 5. Panzer-Division in East Prussia until the end of the war.