Dragon CAN20020 German Sd. Kfz. 182 PzKpfw VI King Tiger Heavy Tank Series (1:144 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"
In January 1943, a new Tiger tank was ordered by the Waffenant, 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.
The German King Tiger heavy tank series consists of six vehicles in differing paint schemes. Sold Out!
Set includes the following vehicles:
- Henschel turret, sPzAbt. 505, late 1944
- Porsche turret, 3.sPzAbt. 503, France 1944
- Late Henschel turret, sPzAbt. 507, Germany, April 1945
- Henschel turret, sSSPzAbt. 501, Kampfgruppe Peiper, December 1944
- Porsche turret, sPzAbt. "Feldhernhalle", Winter 1944-'45
- Late Henschel turret, sPzAbt. 511, March 1945
Length: 1-1/2 inches
Width: 1 inch