Garry Tobiss enjoys the moulded Zimmerit found on Dragon’s 1/35 early-production Tiger II, and provides suitable transport with his previous build of Sabre Model’s SSymS plattformwagen.

Dragon Tiger

Often referred to (somewhat erroneously) by Allied forces as the King Tiger, the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf..B or Tiger II is one of the most famous World War Two tanks, despite fewer than 500 being manufactured.

Thick armour and a highly accurate and a powerful main gun made for a formidable weapons system, but despite being manoeuvrable, it suffered from being underpowered. The type was designed and built by Henschel; the first 50 examples were equipped with an ‘early-style’ turret referred to as a Porsche design by Dragon, but according to some sources, both this and the later turret shape were actually designed by Krupp. These initial turrets had the disadvantage of a shot trap under the main gun, plus a complex shape leading to higher manufacturing costs and less interior space – remedied by the later, simplified design. Tiger IIs were deployed initially in Normandy, France, to counter the Allied landings and then served in limited numbers until the end of the war.
Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit  
By: Dragon
Stock Code: 6848
Scale: 1/35
Price: £59.99
Available from: www.hobbyco.net

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