One of the things that set the Second World War apart from the previous wars was the widespread use of tanks. And the fact that they were not just a slow gun platforms lumbering along with the infantry advancing on foot like they had been in the previous World War, but fast attack forces in their own right that would change the face of warfare. One of the most iconic tanks was the Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung B “Tiger II”, also known as Königstiger (a term actually minted by the Allied tankers and taken up by the Germans).
It was a 69,7 ton monster that actually had more similarities in design with the Panther rather than the Tiger. With an armour up to 185mm thick all but a few allied tanks were unable to penetrate its armour. It was armed with a long-barreled version of the already fearsome Acht-Achter (88mm AT gun) which could take out any enemy. But it also had many of the problems of other late war German designs… mechanical unreliability and a fuel consumption that would give any ecologist a heart attack. It was also a large target with the big hull and massive turret. Only 492 were build, almost all with the Henschel turret featured on these models here.
I bought the first model nearly a decade ago. It is a solid resin model by Wartanks. The mantlet was not completely modeled to allow depression and raising of the barrel which looked a bit sad, so I re-sculpted that one using greenstuff. I did not like the paint job anyway so I did not mind repainting it. The tanker is a SS officer from Victory Force Miniatures cut off at the waist.A couple of years later Tamiya released their Königstiger models and I bought two more. This one is straight out of the box with only the addition of the crewmen from an aftermarket company (sorry I can not remember the manufacturer anymore). Here is the first in a Hinterhalt (Ambush) pattern camo: With all the options offered by a plastic kit, I decided to base the second one on a Königstiger from the Battle of Berlin (Unterscharführer Turk from the Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503). The hull just featured a Sandgelb base with no camouflage pattern applied and the mud-guards removed. The turret featured a simple green pattern over a Sandgelb base, which would indicate, that the turret initially belonged to a different hull and that they were mated in a workshop. Here is the a picture of the original (I have better photo, but this is the best digital version I could find):
And here is my rendition:This was when I decided that I had all the Königstiger (there is no plural “s” in German) I needed. But then Hobby Master released theirs and I really liked its camouflage pattern, so I “had” to buy it as well. This one simply got some airbrush weathering: And here is the whole unit, which should also give you a nice idea how the models compare: I doubt I will ever need four of them at once, so I will most likely sell off the Wartanks one soon.