Another of the very well known super heavy units deployed by the Germans late in WWII. The King Tiger was huge, and could dominate a battlefield like no other tank.
After the jump, we’ll discuss this terror.
Almost everything I said about the Tiger can be repeated here with the word “more”. At least if we want to talk in hyperbole. The King Tiger was in fact a wholly new design, in spite of its “VI-B” (or “Tiger B”) moniker. It actually looks more like an enlarged Panzer V Panther with the shape and slope of its armor. But it was larger. 70 tons. Compare to a Tiger at 54 tons, or an American Pershing at 46 tons. Like the Tiger before it, the King Tiger used an 88 mm main gun; but with a larger charge and longer barrel for improved range and hitting power.
Even more than the Tiger (!), the King Tiger presented serious challenges to allied armor. But it was ultimately undone by mechanical and mobility issues; and the pure cost and complexity to produce. The type first entered combat in July of 1944, and fortunately for the allies, only 492 units were produced.
This is the Tamiya kit.
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