Takom 2046S, King Tiger. Porsche Turret w/ Zimmerit. Scale 1:35

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King Tiger. Porsche Turret w/ Zimmerit. Scale 1:35

TK2046S - Takom

The King Tiger was a heavy tank, weighing in at 80 tonnes, and armed with the infamous 88mm gun. Developed and manufactured by Henschel, the tank entered front line service in 1944 and first saw limited use in the aftermath of the D-Day landings.

The origins of the King Tiger started with the VK45.02 program in 1942. The requirement was to build a chassis that would use a turret mounting the 8.8cm KwK 43 L/71 main gun. Krupp was contracted to design and build the turret for both the Porsche and Henschel proposals. The only difference between the two turrets was that the Porsche version was electrically traversed, and the Henschel used hydraulics.

Henschel was awarded the production contract in October 1943. At the time, Krupp had already completed 50 turrets for the losing Porsche chassis. These turrets were converted from electric to hydraulic traverse and installed on the first 50 Henschel chassis (V1/2/3. 280001-47). Starting with chassis S/N 280048, the Krupp designed “Serien-Turm” was installed (June 1944).

The King Tiger was heavily armoured, with up to 180mm on the turret front, and as such was essentially impervious to just about anything the Allies could throw at it. The tank's own 88mm gun was one of the most feared weapons during the war making the King Tiger a very potent adversary, however, initial unreliability and the fact that the tank simply couldn't be produced in large enough numbers meant that it ultimately was unable to turn the tide of the war for Germany. Despite that, it's gone down in history as one of the most iconic tanks of WWII.

The Kit

Takom's version of the venerable German Second World War tank - the King Tiger, is the first all-plastic kit to include a full interior and all of the engine components. A nice touch is the scale-thick exterior panels that mimic the King Tiger’s armor. That adds to the scale appearance of the fighting compartment and heft of the finished model, which is noticeably heavier than most plastic kits.

This is a comprehensive kit with a total of 17 sprue trees. Building the full interior offers several options for display. It can be built so that parts of the exterior can be removed to expose the hull and turret interiors. The scale armour makes it possible to build a cutaway display with minimal work.

Glue and paint are required for this model. (Not included).

This awesome kit also includes FREE postage to anywhere in Australia.

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