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German Late Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943

The Collectors Showcase German Late Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943

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Collectors Showcase CS00670 German Late Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 (1:30 Scale) "Rommel, you magnificent bastard. I read your book."
- George C. Scott playing the part of General George S. Patton, Jr. from the feature film "Patton"

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.

Pictured here is a 1:30 scale replica of a Tiger I Ausf. E heavy tank that was attached to the Deutsches Afrika Korps in 1942-'43. Sold Out!

Length: 10.25 inches
Width: 4.5 inches

Release Date: November 2012

Historical Account: "With the Fox" - The Afrika Korps was formed on February 19th, 1941, after the German Armed Forces High Command (OKW) had decided to send an expeditionary force to Libya to support the Italian army, which had been routed by an Allied counteroffensive, Operation Compass. The German expeditionary force, commanded by Erwin Rommel, at first consisted only of the 5.Panzer-Regiment and various other small units. These elements were organized into the 5.Leicht-Division when they arrived in Africa in February.

In the spring, the 5.Leicht-Division was joined by the 15.Panzer Division, though it did not arrive until Rommel had already re-taken most of Cyrenaica and gone back over to the defensive. At this time the Afrika Korps consisted of the two divisions plus various smaller supporting units, and was officially subordinated to the Italian chain of command in Africa (though Rommel had conducted his offensive without any authorization).

On October 1st, 1941, the 5.Leicht-Division was redesignated as the 21.Panzer Division, although it was still attached to the Afrika Korps. During the summer of 1941, the OKW invested more command structure in Africa by creating a new headquarters called Panzer Gruppe Afrika. On August 15th, Panzer Gruppe Afrika was formally activated with Rommel in charge, and command of the Afrika Korps was turned over to Ludwig Cruewell. The Panzer Gruppe controlled the Afrika Korps plus some additional German units that were sent to Africa, as well as two corps of Italian units. (A German "group" was approximately the equivalent of an army in other militaries, and in fact Panzer Gruppe Afrika was redesignated as Panzer Armee Afrika on January 30th, 1942.)

  • Polystone and metal construction
  • Fully assembled
  • Historically accurate
  • Static tracks
  • Metal hatches, gun barrel, cupola, manifold and screens
  • Two figures included
  • Only 100 pieces produced

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A fantastic Tiger model, with a few caveats June 13, 2013
Reviewer: Chris Carter from Greensboro, NC United States  
Overall, this is an awesome model. That said, I did have a few issues.  The rear fender plates are next to impossible to attach flush, and I ended up having to superglue them on. Also, it comes with the option for open or closed hatches. The hole for the driver's hatch was not drilled on my model, which means that I am likely going to have to go with the closed hatch option.  That isn't the worst thing in the world, as the driver has SS flashes on his collar. The Waffen-SS had no armored regiments in North Africa, and certainly no Tigers, which belonged to either schwere panzerabteilung 501 or 504.  Again, not a huge deal, and it could likely be easily removed or painted over. Finally, the locking tabs on my turret ring had a bit of extra material on them, which made the initial fit very tight.  I had to do a little sanding before it would turn. Overall, these issues weren't enough to change my mind about anything. A great model that displays well.

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Collector Showcase Afrika Korp Tiger January 13, 2013
Reviewer: James Hambright from Virginia Beach, VA United States  
I was very pleased with the Tiger however the Tiger was missing the locking mechanism on the underside of the turret. Also was missing the numbered issue card. I have contacted Brian Levy at Collectors Showcase and he says he will forward me the missing parts, will keep you posted.

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