Cyber Hobbies VK.45.02 (P) VMilitary Kits : Ground Armor : Armored Tanks
- For Ages: 10+
- Assembly: Requires Glue
- Released: Dec 2010
- Availability: In Stock
- Price: $59.60
Item DescriptionSo called Paper Panzers may not be at the top of everyone’s interest, but this one should be considered an exception. Porsche had a notable, if not entirely successful, history with the development of the Tiger series, especially with the heavier variants. Two concepts were submitted for the VK.45.02 (P) by Porsche, distinguished as the Type 180 and Type 181, for consideration as the Tiger B. Both versions were based on a strengthened version of the running gear used on the now famous Type 101.
Following the design elements of the Type 101, the Type 180 featured a turret positioned towards the front of the hull which really encroached on the driver and radio operator and ironically gave an elephant-like look to the tank. However on the type 181 Porsche decided to place the turret towards the rear of the hull, thus pushing the engine(s) farther forward into the middle of the hull which placed the firewall and electric generators against the backs of the driver and radio operator. This would have created a huge offset of weight towards the rear of the vehicle, placing a very biased load on the rear of the suspension. The weight of the turret and gun, even at it’s loading weight, would be more than the two engines, generators, and transmission could counter balance unless the suspension were modified even further to support it.
Given the benefit of the doubt however, the Type 181 would have been a lot more maneuverable in tight quarters and had a nice “slingshot” look to it. Porsche was evidently so confident that one of their concepts would be chosen as the Tiger B that they ordered 50 turrets from Krupp. Although neither the Porsche Types 180 or 181 were chosen, the “Porsche” turrets were used on the original 50 VK.45.03(H) Type 182 designed by Henschel when it went into production as the Tiger B.
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