I'm taking a break from my CS creations for a bit, until I manage to build something for the CS Pocket Money contest. In the meanwhile, have something else to drool over: The (in)famous Tiger tank!
About this creation
Development of the Tiger I was started in 1937 by the Henschel company. Mass production began in 1942, with an eventual total of 1354 vehicles manufactured. The tank first saw combat in the fighting for Leningrad, and Tigers were at the forefront of battles from Tunisia to Kursk. Although production was discontinued in the summer of 1944, the Tiger I continued to see action until the end of the war.
I know there is a lot of Tiger models out there, I kinda promised myself I wouldn't be doing the "mainstream" models, but somehow I found myself building the turret and I just had to finish it. The tank is in places covered with Zimmerit paste (the grilled bricks). Hope you enjoy!
The other side of the tank with the turret rear. Opposed to the tools on the right side, the left features a chain.
The rear compartment with a historical layout: the engine in the middle , two fuel tanks and cooling units to the sides.
The tank in real life. Around 1,347 were built, read more here.
DISCLAIMER: the LDD file is for personal use only. please, PLEASE don't redistribute this here, there or anywhere.
Quoting Jerry Temple
Great job! Anyone know the difference between the Tiger E and the Tiger H?
When first made it was named Panzer VI version H’(Henschel), abbreviated PzKpfw VI Ausf. H, with ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 182, but the tank was redesignated as PzKpfw VI Ausf. E in March 1943, with ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 181.
So they are basically the same, they just renamed it from H to E.
Wow, looks just like the real thing! I'm in kind in same way of thinking as you except with cars, every one has built the General Lee or some other movie vehicle, you stand out more if you build something very few people have made. Even if there are other Tiger tanks out there, this one is still really good, I love the tread design and the opening maintenance hatches are a nice touch. Awesome job!
Quoting Sasch Weidler
I must Build this tiger in Real bricks.
I would be honoured, but feel free to change the turret design, it's weirdly made, not viable for real bricks. I kinda went crazy there, believe me, you don't want to see how I managed to connect it all.
fantastic work on this Alex! instant recog, you can bet I ll study your techniques and tanks to design my GF main battle tank, I have those tracks, wheels will be no problem, it will have to have your suspension as, it s just too awesome to pass, it will need to allow for at least 1-2 figs to fit, and I ll go crazy with the turret, maybe 2 cannons, xd,
you re so knowledgeable in tanks, has 2 cannons on a turret been ever done in reality?
In the meanwhile, you have built another fabulous tank!! :) You are right about one thing, there are a lot of Tigers out there. But your H and L4L's Porsche are 2 of the best Tigers that I have seen. You have captured the shape wonderfully. Plenty of lil details everywhere. The engine compartment in splendid as well. And like others have said, the addition of the Zimmerit paste just adds to an already outstanding model. Well done, again. :)