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Panzer VI Tiger I (V. 2)
Ok, so it’s a little later than promised, but here it is! It features traversing turret, elevating guns, detailed interior, and many external details. Also, I originally intended this to be mini-fig scale, but the tank is to tall for that, however, the odd thing is, internally it is just right. Anyway, this is a "mega" MOC, and is intended to be large. Now for some basic statistics (detailed history and description will be show below): Panzer VI Tiger I Designation: SdKfz 181sonderkraftfahrzeug 181 (Special Motor Vehicle 181) Combat Weight: 60.1 tons Crew: 5 Dimensions: 237"/140"/113" (length, width, height) 324’/147’/113’ (With skirts and measuring barrel) Engine: Maybach HL 230 P45 V12 gasoline, water cooled. Power/Weight ratio: 11.1 hp/ton Max Speed: 24mph road 12mph cross country Range: 55 miles on road 35 miles cross country Armament: 3.5in KwK-36 L/56, 2X.03 in MG 34 machine guns Armor: 1-4.3 in Fording Depth: 47in; 157 in for first models. Detailed History: “Tiger, direct front!” Those three words could send chills down the spine of any Allied tanker in WWII. Upon the release of the KV-1 and T-34 heavy and medium tanks (respectively) on the Eastern Front spurred the Wehrmacht’s need for a heavy tank. Henschel’s design was chosen over Porsche’s because of its less complicated design and ease of manufacture. Henschel’s design was well armored, but relied on extremely thick and heavy armor, rather than the innovative sloping design of the Soviet T-34s and sported the awesome 3.5 in (88mm) gun, a version of the legendary Flak 88, adopted for use in a turret. There is tell of a Tiger in France, that, upon stumbling into six or seven (I forget which) British AT guns, proceeded to knock out five, the British gunners were unable to achieve penetration. However, because the KwK-36 cannon was originally designed as an AA gun, the pivot point for elevation was located well back of the center balance so that when it was elevated to extreme angles the breach wouldn’t hit the ground. However, this offset the balance of it in the turret, and large spring had to be used in order to maintain its elevation, making it slow awkward to operate. However, it could penetrate the armor of any tank on the battlefield at the time. Because of hurried production, many mechanical problems plagued the tank, and would do so throughout its operation. Furthermore, the idea of a “Super Heavy” tank was new, and effective tactics had yet to be devised. However, the German Panzer Corp soon learned, and the Tiger became a fearsome weapon, capable of taking anything the enemy could through at it, and still being able to knock out a T-34, the most advanced Russian design, from more than a mile away. A story is told of a single Tiger holding up an entire Allied division, and destroyed twenty-five enemy tanks before being dispatched. Even once proper tactics were devised, the tanks still possessed many flaws; its extreme weight bogged it down in the mud and slop of the Russian country-side, and road wheels were often jammed and it could only cross specific bridges. Also, because of its extreme size, and width, it had to be fitted with special tracks for rail transport, which consumed precious time and man power. Over all, the Tiger was a fearsome tactical weapon, dominating the immediate area where ever it reared its head, but it lacked the strategic dominance it desperately required, and came to late to save Germany. Had Tigers been easier to manufacture, and had they appeared a year or two sooner, the course of the war may have been noticeably altered. None-the-less “Tiger” remained a name to be feared, for example, after D-Day the mere idea that a Tiger or two was in the area, held up entire advances. It is no wonder it is the most widely identified tank, maybe next to the Sherman, of WWII. Stats and history taken loosely from: Weapons of WWII, by Alexander Ludeke, PaRRagon publishing, p. 74 World War II STATS AND FACTS, by Peter Darman, Fall River publishing, p.212 Thanks for visiting, I hope I didn’t scare you off with all that, so please, enjoy! =) PS: Sorry for the occasionaly bad quality/shaky shots, I don't exactly have a high quality cammera, but I do my best. Also, these were taken during the fall, so good evening light wasn't always available, it got dark quite quick.
About this creation
The first shots show the front, back and sides:









The tank with its crew of six, one commander, one driver, one assistant driver/machine gunner, two gunners, and one mechanic

























The entire tank breaks down into a few main parts.


You can see here how I mounted the turret, although, when using this design, the turret swung around to easily, it also made it easier for me to remove, something I did quite often when working on the wheel assembly.










The drivers' seats assembly, driver on the right, assistant on the left.


The driver's seat is based on photographs of the interior; everything is as accurate as I could make it, even the panels. The slanted pieces at the bottom are the foot pedals, to bad I couldn't get any separation between them.




I felt it was necessary to add the other end of the machine gun...



















Ok, so the interior is not "complete" but this strategy saved building time and materials, which I was desperately short of. Although it made the tank a little more fragile











Thanks for veiwing, hoped you enjoyed it! If you liked it, or even if you didn't, leave a comment; constructive critisism and your guys' opinions and suggestions always help improve my designs, anything is welcome, even if its negative, but especially if it helps give me ideas and pointers! If you need more of a reason, all comments will be returned on one of your creations on a 1 for 1 basis! =)




Comments

 I like it 
  June 19, 2012
Epic Tank! This is amazing! 5/5 ~Brandon
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  February 28, 2012
i know the tank was big and all (im trying to build one on LDD but the thing wont let me by it) but would you consider making it smaller? or perhaps you could change it into the deadly Maus tank or and E-100. Dont get me wrong, its a good tiger, but i just a little to big.
 I like it 
  March 2, 2011
Hello kriss me again firstly thanks for the comment im having a hard time getting them noticed thanks for your time. Going back to my previous comment i have found this pic of a model Tiger it shows the turret interior it may clearer than wot i said:) good luck and keep it up http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/32892
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  February 4, 2011
Quoting a1de N first of all nice attempt at a difficult tank. The only suggestion i can think of is the tank turrets sat inside the chassis not dropped on top, so the men would be sitting in the chassis itself iif that makes sense.try to find a way to do this n u should lose a bit of the height issue. Once aagain nice attempt stay at it 4/5
Hey, thanks. I was aware that there are usually 'barrabets' that are attached to the bottom of turrets and sit inside the chasis, but I didnt know the crew actaully sat inside of it. This should really help next time, thanks! =)
 I like it 
  February 3, 2011
first of all nice attempt at a difficult tank. The only suggestion i can think of is the tank turrets sat inside the chassis not dropped on top, so the men would be sitting in the chassis itself iif that makes sense.try to find a way to do this n u should lose a bit of the height issue. Once aagain nice attempt stay at it 4/5
 I like it 
  January 3, 2011
Very nice I wish I could build something like it but the only tracks I have are from the Power Miners Granite Grinder and those are only like 2 inches wide.
Kriss Olympis
ilmar tarto
  December 18, 2010
Its nice,but ist WAY-WAY out of scale,try ro make it couple of studs shorter and its WAY too wide.
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  December 18, 2010
Quoting ilmar tarto Its nice,but ist WAY-WAY out of scale,try ro make it couple of studs shorter and its WAY too wide.
Yeah. I know. Thanks for commenting though! =)
  October 30, 2010
you should check out mine
 I like it 
  August 26, 2010
yeah i like the detail but i think it might be a bit to boxy
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  August 22, 2010
Quoting kaelan schmidt yours is to big mine is to small, dose it fit figs? 4/5 nice
Yeah, thats the weird thing. The interior fits figs nice and snuggly, but the exterior is like 3 times taller than them. Weird. =)
 I like it 
  August 22, 2010
yours is to big mine is to small, dose it fit figs? 4/5 nice
 I made it 
  May 5, 2010
Quoting Erik Dagenais its good, but WAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! too big for minifigs
Yeah, I added the figs in some of the photos to show the strange idea that the tank is to big, but they fit in the interior perfectly, weird huh? =)
  May 2, 2010
its good, but WAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! too big for minifigs
 I like it 
  April 30, 2010
yes it seems a little to large...
 I made it 
  April 24, 2010
Quoting James Rietveld Wow! that thing looks more like a super sized Nazi tank! Run for your lives! Oh wait, its a lego thank. Awesome built Can you comment on my new tank? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/198753
Yeah, thanks, Ill check it out. The size was really one of the main drawbacks. =)
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  April 24, 2010
Quoting Fabian Simonsson it is pretty big but except that is it completley ok 4/5 (btw would you like to look at my tiger)
Sure, thanks for commenting, it is rather large, thats one of my biggest rergets. =)
 I like it 
  April 24, 2010
Wow! that thing looks more like a super sized Nazi tank! Run for your lives! Oh wait, its a lego thank. Awesome built Can you comment on my new tank? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/198753
 I like it 
  April 23, 2010
it is pretty big but except that is it completley ok 4/5 (btw would you like to look at my tiger)
 I like it 
  April 23, 2010
I recognize Tiger at first view.
 
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