Gaso.Line Gas48604M German VK 45.02 (P)V Ausf. A Heavy Tank with Porsche Turret (1:50 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
In the fall of 1942, the Waffenamt asked the German manufacturers to create a next generation tank that could mount the KwK 43 L/71 88mm cannon and provide better protection for the vehicle's five-man crew. Arms manufacturer Porsche put forth the VK4502 (P) Type 180, which used many components developed for the Tiger I (P). The new design employed two 320hp Type 101/1 Porsche motors, which would have enabled this 60-ton monster to attain a top speed of 35km/h, and giving it a range of approximately 110km.
The design also called for the dreaded Rheinmetall KwK 43 L/71 88mm gun to be housed within the P-2 turret, which had been developed by Krupp for Porsche. Seventy-two rounds were carried onboard: 16 within the turret and a further 56 inside the hull. The Pz.Grt. 39/43 shell weighed 22.8kg (muzzle velocity: 990 m/s) that had a 10.2 kg tungsten-cored warhead capable of piercing 165mm of steel at 1,000 meters. As a result, no allied tank was safe if it was within 3,500 meters of the vehicle. Two 7.92mm Rheinmetall MG 34 machine-guns were added to provide close support and anti-aircraft protection.
Unfortunately for Porsche, the competing Henschel design was selected by the Waffenamt. The Porsche project failed because it required more copper for its innovative electrical transmission, a scarce strategic material that was in short supply in the Reich. The 50 P-2 turrets that had already been built by Porsche ended up being fitted onto the first run of Pz. Kpfw. VI Tiger II tanks, while the remainder featured the slightly more boxy Henschel turret. Sold Out!