Produced from 1942 to 1944 the Tiger 1 (designation Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E) is perhaps the most iconic German tank of World War II. Despite less than 1,400 being produced, its lethal gun and heavy armour had a powerful psychological effect on Allied troops.
During production, the Tiger 1 underwent constant improvements with modifications happening almost on a monthly basis. Tiger 1’s in the field were either modified by their crews or sent in, resulting in some hybrid versions.
The Armortek early variant Tiger 1 kit is the version from circa February 1943. The most obvious visual indications on this variant compared with later Tiger 1’s are the fiefel air cleaner on the engine deck and rear of the tank, the raised commanders cupola, the early version of the mantlet and the lack of notched extensions on the front hull sides for tow cables. In addition, similar to the mid-life Tiger 1, the early tiger had rubber tyres.
Perhaps the most famous surviving Early Tiger 1 is Tiger 131 at the Bovington Tank Museum in the UK which still regularly runs at events throughout the year.
The Armortek Tiger 1 is sold as a kit for assembly and can be turned into an Radio Controlled (RC) Tank through the addition of options.