About the Panzerjäger Tiger (P) Ferdinand - German Heavy Tank Destroyer:
In early 1941, German companies Porsche and Henschel were asked to design a 45-ton tank for the new Tiger project. By the time Porsche lost the design contest to Henschel, they had already manufactured 100 Tiger chassis. Unable to equip these existing chassis with the Krupp Tiger turret (they were reserved for Henschel), Porsche proposed they be converted into a tank destroyer.
The result was a massive vehicle both heavier and longer than the Tiger. Named the Ferdinand after the founder of Porsche, this behemoth was equipped with the PaK 43/2 L/71 88mm cannon, a longer version of the 88mm cannon fitted to the Tiger. Although powerful, the size of the Ferdinand created a host of problems, including slow speed and mechanical breakdowns. The vehicle also lacked a machine gun and adequate vision ports, making it susceptible to infantry armed with anti-tank weapons and Molotov cocktails.
Despite these shortcomings, the Ferdinand’s range and shell velocity made it dangerous to any approaching enemy armor as they outgunned anything the Red Army had available at the time. After initial losses at Kursk, the Ferdinand was retrofitted with a number of upgrades and re-deployed as the Elefant.
- Crew: 6
- Top Speed: 19 mph (30 km/h)
- Range: 93 mi (150 km)
- Engine: 2x Maybach HL 120 petrol
- Armament: 88mm PaK 43/2 L/71
- Total produced: 91
Additional information about this Brickmania building kit:
The Panzerjäger Tiger (P) Ferdinand - German Heavy Tank Destroyer kit comes with the following features
- BrickArms: 4x U-clips, 3x 88mm shells, and a tapered gun barrel
- Custom-printed elements
- Five opening hatches
- Removable top and vent panel for easy access
- A 360-degree custom-printed minifigure
- Elevating gun with working gunlock
- Spacious interior with room for a full crew of six
- 1/35 scale