World War II Tiger I Tank Replica Build [Photo Gallery] [Video]
The Tiger is probably the tank that’s most frequently associated with the German army of World War II. This leviathan on tracks first saw service in 1942. It was developed as an answer to the T-34 Soviet tank that the Germans first encountered during operation Barbarosa, the invasion of Russia.
The T-34 was crude, but the Germans had nothing that could deal with the its sloping armor and long-barreled 75 mm gun. The only gun they had for the job was the 88 mm, originally designed as an anti-aircraft gun, but which was quickly configured as a Soviet tank killer.
The Tiger’s origins came from before the arrival of the T-34, and so the engineers never fitted the sloped armor that is used by every tank today. However, the Tiger was so heavily protected, especially at the front, that this didn’t really matter.
In the end, only 1,300 or so were ever built, no match for the number of tanks that the Soviets and Americans could produce.
Getting back to the beautifully handcrafted Tiger replica, this is the most accurate we’ve ever seen. Usually, WWII movies use conversions of other tanks that give away their shortcoming to an expert. There is only one working original, and that isn’t very easy to move for film crews, considering it weighs so much.
Although the replica is built to proportion, lighter and thinner pieces of steel were used, which is nice.
We’re not 100% sure about this, but some parts, like the gearbox that deliver power to the driving sprocket wheels look original. Also, the shape of the track is kind of difficult to cast. Also, the large diameter wheels that were essential to keep the Tiger from bogging down also look like the real deal since they have paint on them.
Considering the running gear and part of the armor is original, we’re not sure you can actually call this a replica. But the barrel is just for show right now.
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