How did the crew sit in a Tiger tank? -1 reply

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G.I. Bob

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#1 14 years ago

We seem to have a pretty knowledgeable group of people here, anyone mind answering a question of mine?

I'm building a plastic model of a Tiger I and I'm trying to add additional crew members (the kit only came with a commander). Unfortunately, I don't know enough about how the crew would sit. Would the driver be able to drive comfortably and still peak out of his hatch, or did he have to sit too low? How about the radio operator, would it make sense for him to be sticking his head out of his hatch? Keep in mind the tank isn't in combat so the crew shouldn't be worried about getting shot.




emonkies

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#2 14 years ago

Which kit and what scale?

Does your kit have an interior?

Go to your local hobbyshop or look online and contact Verlinden. They make custom detailing kits for lots of stuff. You might be able to get a Tiger interior kit.

If your standing on top of the tank and looking at the nose...

The driver sat at the left front on a metal seat with springs and a kinda very coarse canvas covering. The seat could be raised and lowered.

The radio operator/hull gunner sat at right front and manned the hull MG and the radios. His seat raised and lowered so he could stick his head out the hatch as well.

The gunner sat in the left front side of the turret and used the superb German optics to hit enemy tanks at any range.

The Commander had a chair behind the gunner and had a chair that raised and lowered (I think). He had his own commanders cupola where he had a 360 deg view of the battlefield and could call out targets to the gunner and could have the radio operator send situation reports to higher command.

The loader stood or sat on the right side of the turret and handled the 88mm rounds that were color coded for quick ID in battle. Their was also a coaxially mounted MG on the loaders side. Loader had his own hatch but not sure if it raised and lowered or if he stood on the seat?

The turret crew also stood in a basket hung from the bottom of the turret so that when the turret roated the crew moved with it. Most Russian tanks did not have a basket, some US and Brit tanks did not have a turret basket.

http://www.fprado.com/armorsite/tiger1.htm

And a cutaway of the interior. http://www.alanhamby.com/cutaway.html




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#3 14 years ago

go check out www.armorama.com best modeling site out there. especialy for military models, man i build these things too quick. I have yet to build my stuG III Strumtiger, and M26 Dragon Wagon

Acadamy has a Tiger I with full interior and is a very nice kit. would recomend it to anyone




G.I. Bob

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#4 14 years ago

Interesting links, thanks for the info.

It's a Tamiya brand 1:35 scale Tiger I late version. The only detailed interior part included in the model is a section of the 88 gun; the rest of the interior is bare.




emonkies

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#5 14 years ago

G.I. BobInteresting links, thanks for the info.

It's a Tamiya brand 1:35 scale Tiger I late version. The only detailed interior part included in the model is a section of the 88 gun; the rest of the interior is bare.

Excellent kit. Tamiya makes quality stuff.

Your in luck :)

BE WARNED . Verlinden stuff is best you can buy and you can build a museum quality model if you want but the Verlinden stuff is not cheap.

Verlinden Interior kit for the Tamiya 1/35th scale model http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_1601_2000/vp1987.htm

Verlinden Tiger rear engine compartment super detailing kit http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_1201_1600/vp1370.htm

Verlinden superdetailed disassembled Tiger engine http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_1201_1600/vp1360.htm

Verlinden engine compartment super detaling kit http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_0401_0800/vp0526.htm

Verlinden Tiger 1 superdetailing kit http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_0801_1200/vp1177.htm

Verlinden Zimmermit panels for the Tamiya 1/35th scale Tiger 1 http://www.verlinden-productions.com/vp_htm_1601_2000/vp1843.htm




tusse

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Sgt. DinkyDuck

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#7 14 years ago

alot of the people on missinglinx do museum quality stuff. and alot do commisions. very nice.




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#8 14 years ago

wow, Now. If I could find ref images like that for the KV-1 Im modeling.. that would be sick.

Thanks for the links. I just sent them over to a friend who is doing a Tiger I model.