Dragon 1:72 Tiger I Tank - 1./sPzAbt 506, Ukraine,1944

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  • Sold Date: Aug 13, 2009
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Dragon 1:72 Tiger I Tank - 1./sPzAbt 506, Ukraine,1944
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"The gun and armor of the Tiger were superb, making it in many ways the most formidable tank in service. Even so, it was poor in maneuver, it was slow, and its turret was a slow traverser in action. It was a tank which was, at its best, immobile in ambush, when its killing power was very frightening."
- Douglas Orgill, "German Armor"

Create your own battlefield in miniature with this spectacular 1:72 scale replica of a German Tiger I heavy tank with zimmerit, from Dragon's all-new Dragon Armor Value Plus Series.

The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf. E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. Interestingly, Henschel und Sohn of Kassel was charged with building the heavily armored chassis while Krupp, by far the largest munitionwerks in Germany, was given the task of developing the turret. The PzKpfw VI Ausfuhrung E (type E) was one of the first German tanks to feature a torsion bar with eight interleaved wheels, which was designed to support the weight of the mammoth 57-ton tank. The Ausf. E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close

This particular Tiger I heavy tank has been slatd with a layer of zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste and was attached to the 1./s.H.Pz.Abt.506, then fighting in Ukraine during 1944. This is the second offering in Dragon's all-new Dragon Armor Value Plus series, and as such will be highly sought after in the days ahead. New for 2009! Mint in box. Makes a great gift for the holidays. #DRR62002

Dimensions:
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1.5 inches

Features:
- Plastic construction
- Static tracks
- Rotating turret
- Elevating gun
- Accurate markings and insignia

Historical Account: Schwere Panzer Abteilung 506 was formed in July 1943 around a cadre from the 9th Panzer Division. It fought with Heeresgruppe Mitte at the River Dnieper and later at Krivoi-Rog. Afterwards, the unit was sent to Germany, w it was refitted with Tiger II (Königstiger) tanks in August 1944. It fought the Allies near Arnhem (during Operation Market Garden) and again at Aachen.

In November 1944 it was strengthened with a fourth company, known as the Schwere Panzer Kompanie Hummel, which was used as a heavy support unit whenever it was needed. It later participated in the Ardennes Offensive (as the only tank battalion from the army) in December 1944 and eventually surrendered to the Western Allies in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945.

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