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New!  German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945 [Bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine] (1:32 Scale)
German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945 [Bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine]

Forces of Valor German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945




 
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Forces of Valor FOV802003A German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945 [Bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine] (1:32 Scale) "We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

On August 5th, 1943, a self-propelled vehicle was proposed by senior Army officials based on the Tiger I chassis but mounting a 38cm mortar. Alkett was placed in charge of the design. The Company managed to complete a prototype by October 20th, which was run through a series of field tests for approval. Brandenburger Eisenwerke produced the superstructures and Alkett converted the Tiger I and completed the Sturmmorser at their Berlin-Spandau plant. The large mortar was an unusual design because it fired rocket-assisted ammunition and had vents in the gun tube wall to exhaust the propellant gasses forward. By December 1944, Alkett managed to convert 18 Tiger Is into Sturmmorsers.

The Sturmtiger was based on the late model Tiger I, keeping its hull and suspension. The front of the Tiger's superstructure was removed to make room for the new fixed casemate-style fighting compartment housing the rocket launcher. This was located directly at the front of the vehicle, giving it a boxy appearance.

Compared to the Tiger tank, the Sturmtiger was much shorter overall, only 6.28 m (20 ft 7 in) compared to the Tiger's 8.45 m (27 ft 9 in), due largely to the fact that it did not have the long main gun of the latter which protruded far in front of the hull. It also was slightly lower than the Tiger at 2.85 m (9 ft 4 in) compared to 3 m (9 ft 10 in).

Pictured here is a 1:32 scale replica of a German late production Sturmtiger assault gun with zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste. Comes with a bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 water-cooled engine. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2021.

Dimensions:
Length: 7-1/2-inches
Width: 4-1/2-inches
Height: 4-1/4-inches

Release Date: ?

Historical Account: "Built for a Different Purpose" - The Sturmtiger was intended to serve as a heavy infantry support vehicle, rendering assistance with attacks on heavily fortified or built-up areas. By the time the first Sturmtigers were available, however, the situation for Germany had changed for the worse, with the Wehrmacht being almost exclusively on the defensive rather than the offensive.

Three new Panzer companies were raised to operate the Sturmtiger: Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanien (PzStuMrKp) (Armored Assault Mortar Company) 1000, 1001 and 1002. These originally were supposed to be equipped with fourteen vehicles, but this figure was later reduced to four each, divided into two platoons.

PzStuMrKp 1000 was raised on August 13th, 1944, and fought during the Warsaw Uprising with two vehicles, as did the prototype in a separate action, which may have been the only time the Sturmtiger was used in its intended role. PzStuMrKp 1001 (commanded by Captain von Gottberg) and 1002 (commanded by Lieutenant Zippel) followed in September and October. Both PzStuMrKp 1000 and 1001 served during the Ardennes Offensive, with a total of seven Sturmtigers.

After this offensive, the Sturmtigers were used in the defense of Germany proper, mainly on the Western front.

Features
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Comes with two figures: a driver and loader figure, both designed to sit within the vehicle
  • Vinyl tracks roll along a working suspension
  • Elevating gun
  • The hatches open and the accessories can be removed
  • Removable rear panel of the crew compartment
  • Removable mud guards
  • Fully detailed interior crew compartment
  • Comes with 14 rounds of 38cm ammunition with one round capable of being placed within the gun barrel
  • Sliding breech and rifled gun barrel
  • Comes with bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine
  • Comes with over-sized display base
  • Comes with three crewmen

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