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German Tiger I Early Production ( Display Model ) / TAMIYA Big Tank Series No.3

About the early production of the Tiger I
The fact that the Tiger I packed a 56 caliber, 88mm cannon that could penetrate a 138mm steel board from a range of 1,500 meters, was a frightening reality for the Allied Forces. Also intimidating was the reality that the armor plating of the Tiger was 100mm thick in the front and 80mm thick on the sides, compared to the M4 Sherman's frontal armor of only 51mm and side armor of only 38mm.

The German Tiger I was first developed in May 1941 and went into mass production in August 1942. Like most machines of war, it was necessity that brought about its existence. In the early stages of the conflict, Germany was unleashing their Blitzkrieg (Lightning Warfare) Attack and attaining near domination of the European continent. However, in June 1941, on the brink of invading Russia, German tank divisions encountered an unexpectedly powerful enemy- the T34 Medium Tanks and KV-1 heavy tanks of the Russian Army. Although the initial design of the Tiger I was started before the appearance of the T-34 and KV-1, its developmental course was later modified and accelerated to defeat these rival tanks. Partway through early-production, alterations were made to reinforce the gunner's sight and change the form of the tank's air cleaners. The Tiger I was deployed to both the African and Russian fronts and eventually came to make up almost all of Germany's major tank divisions during World War II.

The Ultimate Tank on Display and In Motion
A display model taken from the hit item, Tamiya's 1/16 Radio Control Tiger I, which replicated the actual tank's movement and sound. "A big tank deserves a big model," once quoted a famous modeler. In the case of the Tamiya's latest motorized display model of the early production Tiger I, 1/16 scale means a 530mm long model that reflects the sheer power of the actual tank. This display model abounds in detail with its openable driver's hatch, gun mantlet, and exhaust covers. Two tank commander figures included (one for Russian front, one for North African front). Four sets of decals included (two for Russian front, two for North African front). The small motor lets you see all the power and detail in motion. 

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