1/35 Meng German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Henschel Turret) TS-031

MGK TS-031

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The Sd.Kfz. 182 Königstiger, better known to us English speakers as the King Tiger or Tiger II, was the successor tank to the infamous Tiger I and was the last German war-time heavy tank put into production. It was designed to carry a bigger and better version of the 88mm main gun found in the Tiger I and have increased amour protection up to 185cm thick to withstand anything the east and west had at the time of its design. As a result of these requirements the King Tiger weighed in at close to 70 tons and suffered from frequent breakdowns due to problems caused by its heavy weight and being severely underpowered. It used the same Maybach HL 230 engine found in the Panther tank which was 20 tons lighter than the King Tiger. Though it was considered to be too heavy and over engineered the King Tiger was still feared because of its armor protection and powerful main gun which could penetrate just about anything at ranges over 2 miles.

Meng Models kit # TS-031 is a "Henschel turret" variant of the King Tiger and unlike the recent Takom releases the kit does not come with a full interior or molded on zimmerit, giving modelers who want to avoid a complex interior build another option. 
• Tank 334 of Pz.Abt. 503, Hungary October 1944 (tri tonal cammo scheme with zimmerit)

• Tank 124 of Pz.Abt. 505, Poland September 1944 (tri tonal cammo scheme with zimmerit)

• Tank 223 of Pz.Abt. 501, Belgium December 1944 (tri tonal dot cammo no zimmerit)

• Tank 324 of Pz.Abt. 509, Hungary March 1945 (white wash cammo scheme with zimmerit)

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