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Heavy tank Tiger I initial production (Eastern Front) 1/48 Tamiya-32603


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The Tiger I was a German heavy tank, famous for its firepower and robust armor. Initial production began in 1942, and these early models were deployed primarily on the Eastern Front during World War II. Equipped with an 88 mm KwK 36 L/56 cannon, the Tiger I could destroy most enemy tanks at long ranges. Its frontal armor, up to 100 mm thick, made it almost invulnerable to frontal fire from Allied tanks of the time.

Despite its combat superiority, the Tiger I had several drawbacks. Its complex mechanical system was prone to failure, and its heavy weight of 57 tons made it slow and hindered its mobility in muddy or snowy terrain, such as those encountered on the Eastern Front. In addition, it was costly and slow to produce, which limited the number of units deployed.

The Tiger I had its baptism of fire at the battle of Leningrad in September 1942 and remained a fearsome force on the battlefield until the end of the war. Despite its problems, its impact on armored warfare and its legacy in military history are undeniable.

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