Tiger 1 (Tank Craft) by Dennis Oliver

Tiger 1 (Tank Craft) by Dennis Oliver

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4.5 Mushroom Heads
An excellent reference source for model makers and historians alike. This 64 page, A4 sized book contains historical details of the Pzkpfw VI ausf H as the Tiger 1 was named.

Timelines are provided for The Tunisian Bridgehead 1942-43, The Defence of Sicily, August 1943 and The Italian Campaign, 1943-45. There are some excellent black and white photos accompanying these timelines.

The next chapter deals with camouflage and markings. It contains some excellent drawings, in colour; of 20 different tanks in service with their company numbers and close ups of regimental or company insignia. There are also one or two black and white photos accompanying this section. I would imagine this would be ideal for the purist among the model making fraternity.

A model showcase follows, with some excellent colour photos from some of the world's best modeller. A lot of these are close-up detail shot, and show the lengths some modeller will go to for added realism. There is also a page showing a 1/35 scale Borgward BIV, the demolition vehicle based on the Tiger 1 chassis. If I was half as good as some of these guys, I would be happy!

There then follows ten pages of products associated with the Tiger 1. This is the side of the market I have a bee in my bonnet about. Not only do you pay upwards of £35.00 for the model, you are then expected to fork out for turned metal barrels, etched brass hold-downs and moulded resin accessories. Where does it stop? Are there any modellers out there who scratch build any more.? I know I do, because I cannot afford the "add-on" after market accessories. Sorry to rant on, but if we want to get children interested in the hobby, let's not price things out of their hands.

That being said, there are some great after market accessories out there, very well detailed and priced competitively. It just pays to shop around.

The last two sections cover the units who used Tiger 1 in the sphere of operations and what modifications were made to the tanks. The majority of mods were minor and didn't rate increasing the mark. The biggest modification was the Bergepanzer for the Tiger1. This was essentially a crane fitted where the main gun should normally have been.

All in all, this is a very useful reference source for the Tank Enthusiast, the Model maker or the Historian. Covering an area of history that is frequently under-mentioned, this also has it's uses for the wargamer as well.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

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