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1:35 German TIGER I Heavy Tank Early Production Version - ACADEMY

1:35 German TIGER I Heavy Tank Early Production Version - ACADEMY

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The most famous WWII German heavy tank with 8.8cm main gun, operated from 1942 in Africa and Europe, usually in independent heavy tank battalions. The Tiger I gave the German Army its first armoured fighting vehicle that mounted the 8.8 cm KwK 36 gun (derived from the 8.8 cm Flak 36). 

While the Tiger I has been called an outstanding design for its time, it has also been called over-engineered, using expensive materials and labour-intensive production methods. The Tiger was prone to certain types of track failures and breakdowns and was limited in range by its high fuel consumption. It was expensive to maintain, but generally mechanically reliable. It was difficult to transport and vulnerable to immobilisation when mud, ice, and snow froze between its overlapping and interleaved Schachtellaufwerk-pattern road wheels, often jamming them solid. This was a problem on the Eastern Front in the muddy rasputitsa season and during periods of extreme cold. Today, only seven Tiger I tanks survive in museums and private collections worldwide. 

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