In the second world war, Germany’s “Tiger” I heavy tank was completely rated as the most popular chariot. It achieved numerous achievements on the battlefield with its high output and high defense opening properties. And created a large number of legendary trump cards. However, the German 7th-class heavy tank in the “World of Tanks” was not smooth sailing before the debut, and experienced a fierce battle in the R&D test stage before the adoption of the system. At the time, in addition to Henschel’s development of “Tiger” tanks, there is a parallel plan in progress, that is, Porsche’s self-developed heavy tank – Porsche “Tiger” style. As the saying goes, “One mountain can’t be two tigers”, in July 1942, two “Tiger” tank prototypes with different design styles were officially tested in the chariot school in Belka, Germany, ending with the failure of the Porsche “Tiger” style. end. The main reason for the failure is that the advanced power and handling system is prone to damage and requires continuous maintenance, and the long body length makes it less maneuverable.
Porsche “Tiger” style VS Henschel “Tiger” style
Let’s take a brief look at Porsche’s “Tiger” type of development: At the end of 1939, the Germans issued the VI-type “Tiger” order to bid for Porsche, Henschel, Mercedes-Benz and MAN. The latter two The company quits the competition with great enthusiasm and turns to the VK3002, the development of the V-Leopard, leaving the Porsche and Henschel to continue the PK. Porsche quickly handed over its own design, codenamed VK.3001(P). VK stands for “test vehicle”, the first two digits represent “30 tons”, the last two represent “first prototype”, (P) is not the meaning of PLUS, but the heading of the company name.
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche – founder of Porsche, famous German car designer, German automotive industry amnesty. On September 3, 1939, he was appointed as the chief of the German Tank Development Committee, and he was the chief consultant of Xi Xler in tank development.
VK.3001(P) is the official name of the prototype of the 30-ton tank Porsche solution produced between 1940 and 1941. It is also known as the Porsche TYP100. Due to the huge impact of the VK.45 project during the same period, At the end of 1941, only two chassis prototypes without turrets were produced. Dr. Porsche has adopted many cross-age avant-garde concepts in the design of the VK3001(P). He believes that mechanical transmissions cannot be applied to heavy tanks. It is planned to use electricity as the power of the vehicle. The power generated by the engine drives the generator. The concept of generating high-voltage electricity, power transmission to two motor-driven starters and shifting speeds was very advanced at the time, similar to the design of today’s automatic gearshifts. Unfortunately, the suspension system of the electric drive system and the outer frame does not meet the needs of the troops.
VK3001P prototype car with turret weight
The car did not enter production, and evolved into VK.4501(P) in the late stage – the prototype of the “Tiger” tank P-type. The suspension of the VK.4501(P) is a modified version of the VK.3001(P) suspension. It has six load wheels with no pulleys. The drive wheels are at the rear of the car instead of the standard front; each side The track consists of 109 track shoes. With an advanced electric drive system, two (air-cooled) PorscheType 101/1 engines are mounted at the rear of the car. The engine drives the generators, which power the two electric engines.
According to the data, the Porsche “Tiger” tank P model only produced 10 complete vehicles, of which three demolition turrets were transformed into “Tiger” P-type rescue vehicles, one was modified to TYP102 in 1943, and three were rebuilt. Used as a “crash tiger” and two were reserved for later testing. Because the relationship between Dr. Porsche and Xi X Le is not bad, the remaining 90 “Tiger” tank P-type chassis was converted into a Ferdinand tank destroyer (predecessor of the elephant tank destroyer) by “waste utilization”.
“Tiger” P-type rescue vehicle – Berge-tigetr (P)
In the end, only one commander in the early and mid 1944, as the commander of the Army 653 tank battalion, Hoffmann Plenberg, participated in the actual battle, with the turret number 003. This “Tiger” P-type command tank will participate in the battle because the 653 battalion is equipped with an “I” tank destroyer (a modified version of the “Fidinan” tank destroyer) to facilitate logistics maintenance. The car did not have a specific record and was lost in the big retreat in July of the same year.
“Tiger” P-type command tank of the 653th tank battalion
The NO.6869 “Tiger” heavy tank (P) + rescue vehicle double car set that we launched this time is a special version for domestic use and is only sold in the domestic market. A “Tiger” heavy tank (P) and a “Tiger” rescue vehicle (P) can be produced separately. Following the board design of the NO.6797 and NO.6226 kits, the “Tiger” rescue vehicle (P) type upper body and front armor are available in both early and late versions. The kit also comes with a piece of metal etched hood grille parts. The first product will be given a special set of MagicTrack magic track and a metal gun barrel made of aluminum alloy. You can now enter the global UML HOBBY online store and the major Veyron authorized dealer online store to make a reservation!
NO.6869 1/35 “Tiger” heavy tank (P) + Rescue Vehicle type double car kit [domestic First Press Limited Edition]