King Tiger and review (3 MAY)
GA-50 GERMAN ARMOUR, PANZERKAMPFWAGEN VI AUSF B. TIGER II, FACTORY “AMBUSH” CAMO, KING TIGER, LATE 1944. (23 pcs)
Note : I am waiting on confirmation from John Jenkins about shipping costs before setting on my pricing. It has a RRP US$439 but I may increase this to factor in an expected high postage charge.
THIS MODEL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER .
The Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf B. Tiger II, commonly referred to as the King Tiger, was the successor to the legendary Tiger I heavy tank. It was designed to be even more heavily armed and armored than its iconic predecessor. Like the Panther tank, it incorporated design improvements gleaned from combat experience on the Eastern Front. The King Tiger was armed with the finest tank gun of WW2, the dreaded long barreled 8.8 cm KwK. L/71. Coupled with excellent sighting optics, this cannon was capable of destroying any Allied tank with ease, while it's well sloped armor provided excellent protection. In fact, German armaments officials during the war stated the King Tiger's front profile was impervious to all Allied weapons and there is no evidence that the King Tiger's 150mm thick glacis plate was ever penetrated in combat. To defeat the King Tiger, Allied tanks would have to outflank it in order to take shots at its weaker side and rear armor. In the hands of a skilled crew, the King Tiger was a fearsome opponent.
Late in 1944 through the end of the war, German panzers were routinely rushed from the factory assembly centers directly to the front lines, often without time for the Panzer troops to apply turret numbers or other markings. This King Tiger is meant to represent one such vehicle. It features a historically accurate "soft edge" tri-camo pattern with the iconic camo dots that became widely known as "Ambush" or "Licht und Schatten" (Light and Shade) camo. The only other markings are Balkenkreuz (Baltic Cross) applied to each turret side at the factory. Historic pictures abound of King Tigers with nothing but ambush camo and turret Balkenkreuz on both the Western and Eastern Fronts.
The below review and images are from the armour fan who was the one behind the scenes advising John Jenkins on this KT.
Since the John Jenkins King Tiger requires a pre-order and most people want to know what they will be getting, John figured it would be good to post a review of the tank with lots of pictures, so he sent me this factory paint sample. I help John with the historical and technical research on his German Panzer models, so I'll do my best to hit all the highlights and answer any questions you may have.