Takom King Tiger 1/35 Scale with Porsche Turret + Full Interior Detail Model Tank Kit (TAK02074)
- Individual tracks
- 3 types of markings
- Photo-etched and clear parts included
- Full interior parts included
- Scale-thickness armour plate
- Detailed static display plastic model
- All hatches can be built in open or closed position
- Without Zimmerit
This new King Tiger model kit represents the ultimate in dimensional accuracy for the first time through the unique feature of scale-thickness armour and a complete interior. For the first time in 1/35 scale we can appreciate the full experience inside this infamous tank, from the driver and operator in the fighting compartment to the loader, gunner, and commander in the turret, as well as the engine compartment complete with Maybach engine.
Every detail inside and out was painstakingly measured from a surviving vehicle from a SS Pz.Abt 501 abandoned by German troops in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, currently in storage at the U.S. Armor & Cavalry Museum at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
A little history:
The German Tiger Ausf.B, or King Tiger was arguably the very best tank that was put onto the battlefield during WWII, as well as the most costly. With each unit requiring some 300,000 skilled man hours to complete, the King Tiger went into serial production in December 1943 at the Henschel factory in Kassel. At the peak of production, it took only 14 days to complete, and by the end of the war 492 examples were ultimately produced of the 1500 units ordered due to the intense Allied bombing campaign.
With frontal armour reaching up to 150mm thick and side armour 80mm thick, this nearly 70 ton tank was built around the famous dual-purpose semi-automatic 88mm cannon firing, armour-piercing or high explosive rounds, the KwK 43 (L71) produced by Krupp, with the T.Z.F.9b/1 binocular gun sight (later followed by the monocular T.Z.F.9d) built into the cradle. This set-up allowed the tank to engage virtually any enemy tank before it could come within firing range. The King Tiger with Porshe turret carried a maximum combat load of 80 rounds of internally stored ammunition. Additional armament came in the form of 3 Rheinmetall Machinengewehr 34's with 5800 rounds; one mounted in a kugelblende on the right bow position; one mounted coaxially to the main gun; one mounted externally to the commander's cupola.