Tiger I is the common name of a German heavy tank developed in 1942 and used in World War II. The final official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E, often shortened to Tiger. It was an answer to the unexpectedly formidable Soviet armour encountered in the initial months of Operation Barbarossa, particularly the T-34 and the KV-1. The Tiger I design gave the Wehrmacht its first tank mounting the 88 mm gun, which had previously demonstrated its effectiveness against both air and ground targets. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable.
While the Tiger I was feared by many of its opponents, it was over-engineered, used expensive and labour intensive materials and production methods, and was time-consuming to produce. Only 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944. The Tiger was prone to certain types of track failures and immobilizations. It was, however, generally mechanically reliable but expensive to maintain and complicated to transport due to its overlapping and interleaved road wheels. In 1944, production was phased out in favour of the Tiger II.

Statistics

Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E (Sdkfz 181)
Other designation: Tiger Tank, Tiger I
Type: Heavy tank

Manufacturer: Henschel, Krupp
Chassis Nos: VK4501 (H)
Production: 1298 units including prototypes and various variants from April 1942 to August 1944

Crew: 5 (three in turret)
Weight (tons): 57 (Combat weight)
50.5 (Transport weight)
Height (meters): 3.00
Length (meters): 6.32 (excluding gun barrel)
8.45 (including gun barrel)
Width (meters): 3.14 (with transport tracks)
3.72 (with combat tracks)
Engine: V12 Maybach HL 210 P45 (650hp)
V12 Maybach HL 230 P45 (700hp) – later variants
Gearbox: Maybach OLVAR OG 40 12 16 (8 forward and 4 reverse)
Speed (km/h): 38 (road)
20 (cross country)
Range (km): 125 (road)
80 (cross country)
Radio: FuG 5 and FuG2
Armament: 88mm KwK 36 (56 calibers)
1 hull MG 7.92mm
1 coaxial MG 7.92mm
1 commander’s hatch MG 7.92mm
Ammunition: 88mm – 92 to 120 rounds depending on modifications
7.92mm – 4800 rounds
Sight: TZF 9b later changed to TZF 9c
Armor (mm/angle) Front Side Rear Top/Bottom
Turret 100/8 80/0 80/0 25/81 later 40-45mm
Superstructure 100/0 80/0 N/A 25/90
Hull 100/24 60/0 80/8 25/90
Armor Type Rolled homogeneous nickel-steel plate electro-welded
interlocking-plate construction.

The Kit

PRODUCT INFORMATION
■ SCALE 1:35
■ MANUFACTURER : ACADEMY
■ LOWER HULL LENGTH : 170MM (6.69″)
■ TOTAL PLASTIC PART : 335 PCS
■ FOUR REALISTIC TANK CREW FIGURES INCLUDED
■ HIGHLY DETAILED HULL, TURRET ANS SUSPENSION COMPONENTS
■ OPTIONAL POSITION VARIOUS HATCHES
■ EASY TO ASSEMBLE ONE-PIECE FLEXIBLE THREADS
■ OPTIONAL USE FEIFEL AIR FILTERS
■ THIS PRODUCT IS AN UNASSEMBLED MODEL KITS
■ STATIC MODEL

Conclusion

For me this kit went together very well,the flexible tracks that are included I didn’t care for so I opted to purchase the Academy Individual Tiger Tank I individual track set. The detail is not that bad,but it doesn’t stand next to Dragon for quality. I was still new at the modeling game,and still had a lot to learn. I built this kit in 1996.

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