Tiger I Initial Production, s.PzAbt.501, Tunisia 1942
About the Tiger I:
The Tiger I was in use from late 1942 until the German surrender in 1945. It was given its nickname by Ferdinand Porsche. The design served as the basis for other armoured vehicles, including the Tiger II, or 'King Tiger' tank, and the Sturmtiger self-propelled gun.
The Tiger differed from earlier German tanks principally in its size; although the general design and layout were broadly similar to the previous heavy tank, the Panzer IV, the Tiger weighed more than twice as much. This was due to its substantially thicker armor, the larger main gun, and the consequently greater volume of fuel and ammunition storage, larger engine, and more solidly-built transmission and suspension. The Tiger I had front armor up to 100 mm thick, as opposed to the 80 mm front armor of contemporary models of the Panzer IV, with 80 mm on the sides and back. The armor, especially in the front, was very effective at stopping anti-tank rounds of most of the WWII tank guns at common engagement distances. At closer ranges and on the sides, the tank was more vulnerable. Its roof armor was 25 mm or 40 mm, similar to most medium tanks of the day.
61001 Tiger I Initial Production, s.PzAbt.501
- Item Number: 61001
Release Date: January 2006
- True to 1/35 scale
- Fully assembled
- Accurate green camo and markings for a Tiger I serving with s.Pz.Abt.501 in North Africa
- Historically accurate
- Hatches can be opened and closed
- Front machine gun can rotate and point in different directions
- Sturdy die cast hull
- Barrel can recoil, just like the real thing
- Includes a display base