9370Replica Tiger I Tank - NOT a conversion!
- Feb 15, 2012Despite what the report below says, I think most of the vehicle was built by this team. Few if any actual salvaged parts from a real Tiger I were used.More videos. Some show the vehicle in sand paint before it was painted gray as seen in the above video. Which accounts for some of the sand paint being visible on the running gear on the gray paint scheme - just like the real deal.OK, so we admit that the news day has been a bit slow, so when we spotted a whole bunch of photos of a replica Tiger Tank of izismile.com, we jumped onto the opportunity. So, without too much in the way of reference and a bunch of photos to go on, were going to bring to you a story that has basically nothing to do with cars. Hows that for auto evolution?
The Tiger is probably the tank thats most frequently associated with the German army of World War II. This leviathan on tracks first saw service in 1942. It was developed as an answer to the T-34 Soviet tank that the Germans first encountered during operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia.
The T-34 was crude, but the Germans had nothing that could deal with the its sloping armor and long-barreled 75 mm gun. The only gun they had for the job was the 88 mm, originally designed as an anti-aircraft gun, but which was quickly configured as a Soviet tank killer.
The Tigers origins came from before the arrival of the T-34, and so the engineers never fitted the sloped armor that is used by every tank today. However, the Tiger was so heavily protected, especially at the front, that this didnt really matter.
In the end, only 1,300 or so were ever built, no match for the number of tanks that the Soviets and Americans could produce.
Getting back to the beautifully handcrafted Tiger replica, this is the most accurate weve ever seen. Usually, WWII movies use conversions of other tanks that give away their shortcoming to an expert. There is only one working original, and that isnt very easy to move for film crews, considering it weighs so much.
Although the replica is built to proportion, lighter and thinner pieces of steel were used, which is nice.
Were not 100% sure about this, but some parts, like the gearbox that deliver power to the driving sprocket wheels look original. Also, the shape of the track is kind of difficult to cast. Also, the large diameter wheels that were essential to keep the Tiger from bogging down also look like the real deal since they have paint on them.
Considering the running gear and part of the armor is original, were not sure you can actually call this a replica. But the barrel is just for show right now.