The German Tiger I initial production was the first Tiger I tank to be deployed in combat in Leningrad, Russia. Primarily developed and deployed by the German armed forces surpassing the Panzer III and IV tanks, the tank was armed with the formidable 88mm gun. Characterized as an initial production version, the tank benefitted from distinctive features such as the commander’s cylindrical cupola, early type enders and stowage bins on the turret, smoke dischargers, and pistol ports on the turret. Later versions of the Tiger I tank appeared in almost all front-line battles, till the end of the conflict in Germany. The German Tiger I heavy tank had a strong psychological deterrent effect to many opponents. Its very complicated design, requiring a lot of expensive materials and heavy production facilities, combined with the manufacturing time led to around only 1,347 units built between August 1942 and August 1944.
Border Model‘s 1/35 scale German Tiger I Initial Production, item No: BT-014, features:
- Highly detailed kit featuring fine bolts and intricate weld lines on the hull and turret.
- Partial turret interior with gun breach & turret basket.
- Fully workable torsion bar suspension system after assembly.
- Cast markings on the road wheels
- 3 types of exhausts.
- Link & length tracks.
- Metal barrel.
- Length of steel cable to depict tow cable.
- Clear parts for the periscopes.
- 1 PE fret.
- 2 figures included for a commander and infantryman.
- 3 marking options, for 3 units belonging to the 502nd Heavy Panzer Battalion deployed in Leningrad during 1942.