Thursday, January 22, 2009

World War II German Tiger I Tank

Before the Leopard, there was the Tiger.

The Tiger I was in use in World War II from late 1942 until the German surrender in 1945. It was given its "Tiger" nickname by Ferdinand Porsche (the Roman numeral was added after the Tiger II was produced). Tiger I was the German heavy tank of World War II. The initial official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung H (abbreviated PzKpfw VI Ausf. H, Ausführung is German for "version") but the tank was redesignated as Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E in March 1943.

This is a ABS Plastic model kit made by Targa of Japan. It is a cut-away German Tiger Tank Model. I enjoy these cross-section models as you get to appreciate the vehicle both inside and out. The detailing of this model is outstanding, right down to the crew. This Tiger I tank is 1/48 scale and is about 7 inches or 18 cm long (including main gun), 3 inches or 7.5 cm wide and 2.5 inches or 6.5 cm high. This model came complete in 7 boxes and required assembly of the pre-painted sections but that was part of the fun! It may be small but it is not lacking.

More details including the complete dismantling of this tank in the next post.

Another GREAT cross-section vehicle released was the Space Battleship Yamato Mechanic File Set (review here) by Bandai.


Anonymous said...

This is a nice (and unprecedented) model, I have it also. But its disappointing that they left out the commander MG34. It would also be better if they made it as the Tiger late version with Zimmermit armour.

alex teo said...

hey tony, I don't collect much vehicles because when displayed horizontally, they take up much more space as compared to action figures which are displayed vertically. Also the ones with all the nice details are usually much larger in scale. 1/6 scale figures have the advantage of realism and seem most ideal for display en masse. That said, I still got this tiger tank because of its nice details at such a small scale :) I agree with you that Zimmermit coated armour would have been a really nice touch.

Livre Atitude Papercraft said...

Exelente modelo de plastimodelimo, boa pintura...