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Tiger 231

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This is Tiger tactical number 231 (Lt. Zabel) from the 503 sPzAbt which took part in a two day long engagement in January 1943 on the Eastern Front. Over the course of 2 days of sustained combat this Tiger received 252 hits from all calibers of weapons ranging from AT rifles to 76.2mm. None of the hits penetrated the tank, and it was able to drive a further 60km before breaking down. The crew survived unscathed and the tank was taken back to Germany to meet an unknown fate. The book Tiger by Thomas Anderson provides an excellent account of the engagement, and served as my primary reference for the build. I wanted to depict the Tiger as it may have appeared just after the engagement. Thank you for the kind words! I was pretty happy with the end results.

The base kits for this Tiger was a combination of the Cyber Hobby Tiger I (Kit# 9142), and Dragon's Tiger I Initial Production s.Pz.Abt. 502 Leningrad Region 1942/3 (Kit #6600) The barrel with canvas cover came from Panzer Art. I also took various parts from Dragon Kits 6252, 6406, and 6700.All of the painting and weathering was done with AK Interactive and Ammo of Mig products - paints, washes and pigments.
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About the Author

About Shawn (Scipio2010)
FROM: WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES

I love building German AFVs from WWII, and really enjoy the artistic licensing available in What If builds and Paper Panzers.


Comments

Damn fine looking tiger there Shawn,I think you got the white wash spot on especially the front glacias
MAR 06, 2015 - 03:06 AM
Nice work!
MAR 06, 2015 - 03:09 AM
I loved seeing the progression of thing through the build log, amazing build, and I'm looking forward to the next project!
MAR 06, 2015 - 03:25 AM
Shawn, super work! Some of the most convincing mud I have seen! I appreciate that you thought to dirty up the turret top - doubt the tankers wiped their boots often. That should be known as "The Timex Tiger" - took a licking but kept on ticking!
MAR 06, 2015 - 03:47 AM
outstanding job
MAR 06, 2015 - 04:25 AM
Shawn, is there a link to the build log ? Fine result indeed ! ! would love to see how you did it
MAR 06, 2015 - 08:26 AM
I appreciate all the feedback so far, here is a link to my build log - LINK
MAR 06, 2015 - 09:30 AM