Scale: 1 / 35
Tamiya went outside the Early/Mid/Late categories of Tiger with this kit, which represents exclusively those tanks sent to Africa in late 1942 and early 1943.
The kit is dedicated to the 501st heavy tank battalion, one of the first units to be equipped with the Tiger tank. The 501st fought in Tunisia between December 1942 and March 1943, assisting Rommel's Afrika Korps.
Few in number, these Tigers were bolstered by smaller Pz.3 tanks. They fought in several engagements with limited success. Their kill ratio was an impressive 7.5 to 1. At the eventual surrender of the Afrika Korps, the 501st had lost 20 of 23 Tigers in combat.
The kit includes flexible tracks. There are 4 decal schemes, for tigers numbered 121, 131, 731 and 813. Tiger 731 was in fact 131 renumbered.
This model kit could be made more realistic, or assembled more easily, by attention to these points:
- Tamiya Africa Tigers : rear of hull
- Tamiya Africa Tigers: turret bin
- Tamiya Early Tigers : rear hook on hull
- Tamiya 35227 : mudguards
- All Tiger E kits: latches on engine deck
- Tamiya Africa Tigers : layout of tools on hull top
- Tamiya Africa Tigers : headlights
- Tamiya Africa Tigers : front of hull
- Tamiya Africa Tigers : layout of cable on hull top
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