Tiger-1, Early Version 1:35

Tiger-1, Early Version 1:35


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Tiger-1, Early Version 1:35


Item Code: A1363

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Production of the Tiger I began in August 1942 at the factory of Henschel und Sohn in Kassel, initially at a rate of 25 per month and peaking in April 1944 at 104 per month. 1,355 had been built by August 1944, when production ceased. Deployed Tiger I's peaked at 671 on 1 July 1944. It took about twice as long to build a Tiger I as another German tank of the period. When the improved Tiger II began production in January 1944, the Tiger I was soon phased out. Eager to make use of the powerful new weapon, Hitler ordered the vehicle be pressed into service months earlier than had planned.

A platoon of four Tigers went into action on 23rd September 1942 near Leningrad. Operating in swampy, forested terrain, their movement was largely confined to roads and tracks, making defence against them far easier. Many of these early models were plagued by problems with the transmission, which had difficulty handling the great weight of the vehicle if pushed too hard. It took time for drivers to learn how to avoid overtaxing the engine and transmission, and many broke down. The most significant event from this engagement was that one of the Tigers became stuck in swampy ground and had to be abandoned. Captured largely intact, it enabled the Soviets to study the design and prepare countermeasures.

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Dimensions 27 x 8 x 46
Scale 1:35
Skill 4
Flying Hours 3
Dimensions (mm) L241 x W102
Age Suitability 14+

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Reasonable Overall

Firstly, the truth is that this is an Academy rebox by Airfix and as such there are a couple of issues.

The main problem is the instructions which, are nothing like as clear, detailed and helpful as the new Airfix ones. The included instructions are lacking in clarity and in some places miss out the necessary information to correctly assemble the parts without a good deal of internet surfing. Bottom line is that the instructions are more like poorly executed 1980's work not 2020 standard.

The mouldings themselves are reasonable but, not as sharp as the latest productions.

However, putting the above aside, then if you are happy to work through the issues you can put a very detailed model together for far lass cost than similar high end versions from other newer manufacturers.

Having a full interior adds genuine interest and of course time to complete. I chose to leave the model available to be opened up to see the interior.
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sssss 5

Great first airfix model

This was my first airfix model it has an interior and it was lots of fun and it was worth every penny I strongly recommend this model it although it was a bit hard and very time consuming.

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