Brand New Tiger Tanks - Page 3




 
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December 13th, 2011  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 84RFK
Well, as the tracks and the drive-train has to come from somewhere, I suppose you'll find plenty ex-Soviet tank parts in that Tiger replica, and that would explain the weight.
I wouldn't mind betting that there is a crap load of old Soviet armour laying about somewhere.

My dad was in France after D Day. After VE day he mentioned there were untold French farmers fields filled with various German vehicles of all types, some scrap, much of it in good running order. He reckons someone somewhere made a lot of money out of those vehicles. I reckon he is right.
December 14th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
You can bet that, I have traded metals plenty of times, I would be very torn in such an instance, beatiful pieces of machinery, versus living in a post war economy... Kinda why finding any surving German Vehicles from the war is extremly difficult...

Let alone a heavy piece like a Tiger I...

Like I said , the enginuity of these Russian guys is really impressive, I mean, who else can say they built a Scale Replica of one the most famous and terryfing pieces of Amoured History in their back yard?

I'd just be content with a painted model...
December 14th, 2011  
84RFK
 
 
What's the most efficient way to build a replica of a WW II tank?

You need a sturdy support for the tracks and the drivetrain.
You need a stabile base for attaching the plates that makes up the proper silouhette.
You need a solid foundation for the engine.

The best answer is to get a "tub" from some old/decommisioned tank and use that.
My guess is that in the bottom of these tank-replica's you will find the tub from a T55 or some tracked APC's in most cases.
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December 14th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 84RFK
What's the most efficient way to build a replica of a WW II tank?

You need a sturdy support for the tracks and the drivetrain.
You need a stabile base for attaching the plates that makes up the proper silouhette.
You need a solid foundation for the engine.

The best answer is to get a "tub" from some old/decommisioned tank and use that.
My guess is that in the bottom of these tank-replica's you will find the tub from a T55 or some tracked APC's in most cases.

Just like building a high performance sports car, nowa days carbon fiber tubs are used to support the engine in the chasis.

Makes sense.
December 14th, 2011  
MontyB
 
 
I think this explains the missing weight...


I have my doubts whether that is even 10mm when you compare it to the tubing next to it.
December 15th, 2011  
Trooper1854
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yossarian
It would be a beatiful sight to see a true functional re built tiger...

Until then, like these guys in Russia, we can only dream...

But even so, these guys did a remarkable job!
Bovingdon tank museum here in the UK, have an original Tiger I in full running order.
It was captured in Tunisia, and used for developing weapons and tactics to defeat the beast. Then it was displayed in the museum for years as a static item until they were able to get it back to running order.
I also believe the French Army's school of armour used to have a King Tiger in running order until a few years ago.
December 15th, 2011  
Yossarian
 
 
I have seen videos of the Tank Fest showing a running Tiger I, man enviromental damage aside, it would be very interesting to see such a machine actually moving under it's own power in person just as it did during the war it was built for.

You can only see stuff like that every once and a while.
December 16th, 2011  
Trooper1854
 
 
It would be great to see these replicas used in films rather that the T-34 conversions as seen in Kelly's Heros and Saving Private Ryan.
Looking at this one it seems to be a bit of hybrid with lots of features from various production runs.
Early rubber tyred wheels, the turret has a late production comander's hatch but the smoke dischargers and pistol port are from the first production vehicles. Sorry, I am a bit of a German WWII armour geek
It is, however, a fantastic thing to see. I've been lucky enough to see the Tiger at Bovingdon and it is an impressive machine!
December 17th, 2011  
MontyB
 
 
Yeah I do agree that when you look at it closely it would make a Tiger-ophile cringe especially the diesel engine but I would still have one in a heart beat.
December 17th, 2011  
Trooper1854
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MontyB
Yeah I do agree that when you look at it closely it would make a Tiger-ophile cringe especially the diesel engine but I would still have one in a heart beat.
Be great to go shopping with one. No more parking problems

Q. Where do you park a Tiger tank?
A. Anywhere you bloody want to!
 


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