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Meng Model 1:35 - Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)


Meng Model 1:35 - Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) - Plastic model kit #TS-037

The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B or the Tiger II 'King Tiger' was a WWII German heavy tank. The tank entered production late in the war although its development started as early as 1937-1939 with design contracts given to Henschel and Porsche. The prototypes built by these companies differed in a number of features including the hull design, the transmission and suspension.

The Porsche designs had a rear-mounted turret and a mid-mounted engine. The suspension on this version was the same as on the Elefant and components of this suspension were later used on a few Jagdtiger tank destroyers. Overall Porsche's design was seen as less conventional and more difficult to produce, and Henschel won the contract.

Production versions of the Tiger II used two different turrets. The initial turret is often called the "Porsche" turret due to the misconception that it was the turret used on the Porsche prototype, as opposed to the more common "production" or "Henschel" turret. In fact both prototypes used the initial Krupp design.

The early turret (the so called "Porsche" turret) had steeply sloped sides, a rounded front and a curved bulge on the left side which proved to be difficult to manufacture. Fifty early Tiger II's used this turret mounted to the Henschel's hull until it was simplified to have less steeply sloped sides and a thicker flat face.

Collections: All, Axis Forces (WWII), German, Vehicles, WWII

Category: Meng Model Tanks

Type: Tanks

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