Königstiger platoon boxed set: a review

Chris has been spending his pennies again, this time on King Tigers for our next AAR.

Please ignore my brainless wanderings about “Henschel” and “Porsche turrets”.  I would like to clarify that, after further post-production research, we realise that 2 turret designs were used in production vehicles. The initial design is sometimes misleadingly called the “Porsche” turret due to the belief that it was designed by Porsche for their prototype.  The Porsche turret had a rounded front and steeply sloped sides with a curved bulge on the turret’s left side to accommodate the commander’s cupola. The more common “production” turret, sometimes called the “Henschel” turret, was simplified with a significantly thicker flat face, no shot trap (created by the curved face of the initial-type turret) and less-steeply sloped sides which prevented the need for a bulge for the commander’s cupola.


Thanks to Wikipedia for sorting that one out.  If that hasn’t worked for you, don’t worry, just turn the sound down and watch the pictures 🙂

6 Responses to “Königstiger platoon boxed set: a review

  • Also ignore my general uniformed ramblings between the start and end of the production 🙂

  • My understanding was that both turrets were designed by Krupp. One was intended originally for the Porsche designVK45.02 Chassis – the Tiger P2; and the other was a “lessons learnt” version for the Henschel VK45.03 Chassis – Tiger H3. However, when the P2 order was cancelled approximately 50 of the P2 turrets were well into production and their components could used in the H3 turret without modification. To prevent delays in production the first 50 Henschel chassis had the Krupp P2 turrets. The common designations of “Porcshe” and “Henschel” turrets is therefore not without foundation – we know what you mean and anyone who complains is being pedantic and churlish

  • Finally got to see your review; like the views of the stuff in the box.
    I believe the Crouching Tiger “logo” is the company sign of the 501st sPzAbt Which was a Heer unit and one of the first five independant heavy battalions equipped with Tigers in 1942. Destroyed in Tunisia it was reformed with more Tiger Is but then wiped out again in the Russian Summer ’44 offensive; was reformed in late 1944 with TigerIIs.
    SS units also received Tiger IIs but I expect we’ll see them as and when BF release a Battle of the Bulge book.
    My favourite unit for Tigers is the 505th with the charging Knight logo which was painted on a zimmeritt free patch on the side of the turrets – this will be tricky in 1:100th if I ever I get round to it 🙁

  • Cool. Was the review ok? We’re experimenting with these so any feedback would be welcome.

    What would youl ike to see in a review of figures, AFVs and scenary?

  • Well I’m just a humble engineer type and not an art critic but here goes…
    As an experiment what were you looking for? Filming technique? Presentation? Model review content?
    For me there are some strengths – filming is clear and the film length about right for the review. Diction is clear and intelligble (a step up from youtube videos).
    On the downside the shot is the same throughout and some of the content is, indeed, “general uniformed brainless ramblings”. Both of which are easily solvable – how about the starting shot being the whole box content laid out and then zooming in for close ups of the Hull, turrets and even closer zooming in on the fine detail work etc etc? and maybe working out a little script or reference material notes so you’ve got something to make comments to through the filming eg unit details, vehicle details etc?
    Overall though I personally like the “Models by dads by modeldads for modeldads” approach – the cup of tea in shot, the kids talking about lego and the use of beer references. Keep up the good work!

    • That’s good feedback, thanks Mark. We’ll aim to incorporate in the forthcoming barricades and Jagdpanther reviews – that’s if I can get out of bleedin’ Work tonight!

      We agree about liking the slightly amateurish feel of Model Dads. We are Dads first and foremost, after all…

      Cake anyone?

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