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New!  German Mid Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Obersturmbanfuhrer Otto Carius, '217', schwere Panzerabteilung 502, Malinava, Russia, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine] (1:72 Scale)
German Mid Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Obersturmbanfuhrer Otto Carius, "217" schwere Panzerabteilung 502, Malinava, Russia, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine]

PMA German Mid Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E Heavy Tank - '311', schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Normandy, France, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine]




 
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PMA P0331 German Mid Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Obersturmbanfuhrer Otto Carius, "217", schwere Panzerabteilung 502, Malinava, Russia, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine] (1:72 Scale) "We were used to an opponent the stature of the Russians; we were amazed at the contrast. During the war, I have never saw soldiers disperse head over heels even though virtually nothing was happening."
- Otto Carius, "Tigers in the Mud"

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 1:72 scale replica of a German Tiger Ausf. E heavy tank was commanded by Obersturmbanfuhrer Otto Carius, who was attached to schwere Panzerabteilung 502, then deployed to Malinava, Russia, during 1944. Comes with bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 engine. Now in stock!

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

Release Date: November 2019

Historical Account: "Lunge of the Tigers" - On July 22nd, 1944, Obersturmbanfuhrer Otto Carius, along with his company of eight Tiger tanks, advanced towards the Russian village of Malinava to stymie a Soviet advance. After ordering his column to halt on the outskirts of town, Carius, together with Obersturmbanfuhrer Kerscher, decided to reconnoiter the small hamlet with the help of a commandeered Kubelwagen. They quickly discovered that the village was already in Russian hands so they turned tail before they were spotted by the enemy.

Upon returning to his company, Carius explained the situation to his men. Realizing he had little time to lose, Carius decided to attack the village before additional Russian armor could link up with the occupying force. He elected to storm the village with only two Tigers instead of the entire company since only one unimproved road led into town and he felt that the column could be exposed to enemy fire if the entire company advanced. While the rest of his company was held in reserve, Carius and Kerscher's Tigers sped towards the village of Malinava, itching for a fight.

Two T-34/85 tanks occupying Malinava saw the Tigers and immediately took aim against Carius' Tiger (No. 217). Fortunately for Carius, Kerscher's Tiger (No. 213), which trailed Carius by some 150-meters, fired quickly, knocking out both Russian targets before they had a chance to shoot.

As he entered the village, Carius soon came face-to-face with the latest Russian behemoth to enter the fray: the huge JS-I heavy tank, which was armed with the long-barreled 122mm gun. Confused at first, because the tank's silhouette resembled a King Tiger tank, Carius eventually ordered his gunner to fire, claiming yet another victim in the cauldron of battle.

Together with Kerscher's tank, the two Tigers would eventually knock out a further 14 Russian tanks before calling it a day, breaking the back of the Russian onslaught without loss to his own troop.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Turret rotates and gun elevates
  • Static tracks
  • Top of steering housing compartment can be removed
  • Top of turret can be removed
  • Top of chassis can be removed
  • Detachable mud guards
  • Removable diecast engine
  • Accurate markings and insignia

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