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  1. Good morning…. Does anyone have any info on this Cromwell, please. Unit, location ? Timeframe ? Thank you !!
  2. That’s actually the Dragon kit 6383 reboxed.
  3. RFM 5080 New late Tiger, with Full interior and Zimmerit parts. Decals for 6 vehicles. http://www.ryefield-model.com/thread-815-2.html
  4. This arrived at Sprue Brothers on Wednesday, and I was able to order one last night. Possibly build it with camp net ?
  5. You may find, unfortunately, that that kit is so old that they just made up the markings for the market.
  6. Well, you could open up one of the rear vents. That looks like really clean work !!
  7. 1311 at Kursk, and after Kursk, with repairs made.... A new barrel was also required...
  8. Liebstandarte at Kursk.... 28 June 1943: The company is alerted for movement. Road march to Olschany and assembly area in the village. One tank has damage to its carburetor and another one suffers an engine failure. 30'June- l July 1943: Operational tanks: 11. Just prior to Operation "Citadel" one more Tiger is delivered from the II. SS Panzer-Korps. Total tanks: 14. 2 July 1943: During the night, the company is ordered into its forward assembly area for Operation "Citadel." Eleven Tigers operational. 4 July 1943: Assembly area south of the road Tomarovka-Bykova near Point 222.3; twelve Tigers operational. 5 July 1943: Advance on Point 228.6, attack at Hill 220.5 and penetration of a defensive line (1 Tiger hit from the rear by an antitank gun). After the high ground is taken, advance on Bykovka. Two Tigers, those of Wittmann and Wendorff, are immobilized. Several antitank-gun belts are eliminated; numerous enemy tanks and antitank guns are destroyed. In the late afternoon, Bykovka is captured. 6 July 1943: Penetration of a fortified, mined enemy position with three Tigers east of ]akovlevo at Point 243.2; another assault at Pokrovka. SS-Obersturmfiihrer Schiitz is badly wounded. During the two days of fighting, the 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" knocks out fifty T-34s, one KV-1, one KV-2, and forty-three antitank guns. In the evenjng, SS-Obergruppenfiihrer Dietrich visits the company; among other things, he decides that a badly battle-damaged tank-that of SS-Unterscharfiihrer Brandtis to be cannibalized for parts. In the night, one Tiger knocks out three T-34s that had passed through Teterewino. Total tanks: 13. 7July 1943: In the morning, attack at Teterewino. The company then supports the advance of SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Das Reich" near Teterewino towards the east and the north. One Tiger knocks out three T-34s in Teterewino. Fierce enemy counterattacks out of Jasnaya Polyana and against the left flank northwest of Teterewino are repulsed. 8 July 1943: Assault from' the area of Teterewino towards Vessely via Gresnoye (east of Hill 239.6) in conjunction with the armored group of the division. Two tanks suffer track damage. Fighting for Hill 224.5 east of Kotschetovka. Several dug-in enemy tanks are destroyed; two Tigers are immobilized. Attacking enemy tanks swing in from the bend in the Pssel River to Teterewino. SS-Unterscharführer Staudegger moves his battle-damaged Tiger 1322 to Teterewino and knocks out seventeen enemy tanks. After the enemy concentrates again, he knocks out a further five tanks and thus stabilizes a potentially dangerous situation. The enemy tanks take to flight, panic-stricken. Staudegger cannot achieve further success because he runs low on armor-piercing ammunition. The company's tally for the day: forty-two T-34s and three M-3 Lees. 9 July 1943: Advance on Rylsky, then Ssuch. Solotino. 10 July 1943: Attack of SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 2 with the division's assault-gun battalion and the Tiger company against the line railroad bend-Iwanovski Wysselok forested area southwest of the Komssomilez collective farm. Several enemy counterattacks are repulsed. Operational tanks: 5. SS-Unterscharführer Staudegger is awarded the Knight's Cross. The advance in the direction of Prochorovka is ordered for the next morning; as a result, the company starts about midnight for its assembly area to the southwest of Teterewino. 11 July 1943: Heavy thunderstorms soak the roads, so the scheduled beginning of the attack at 0600 hours must be postponed until 1045 hours. After getting over an tank ditch, four Tigers carry on the attack at the railway line Teterewino-Wesselxi. In the further attack on Prochorovka, twenty-eight antitank guns and six artillery pieces are destroyed. During these two days, twenty-four T-34s are knocked out. Four Tigers are operational. The tank regiment is held back as a quick-reaction force in the area of Oserovskiy; SSUntersturmführer Wittmann takes over acting command of the company, because SS Hauptsturmführer Schutz is wounded. 12 July 1943: Fierce Soviet tank attacks from the direction ofJamki, Prochorovka and Petrovka (on both sides of Kalinin) are pushed back. The II./SS-Panzer-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" and the Tiger company knock out 163 enemy tanks. One Tiger is knocked out; nine Tigers undergo repair. Total tanks: 12. 13 July 1943: At 1030 hours, the attack is stopped, because it proves to be impossible to penetrate the enemy positions immediately south of the Oktyabrskiy collective farm. Protection of the flank along the railway line Teterewino-Prochorovka. One enemy tank is destroyed; nine Tigers undergo repair. 14 July 1943: The divisional armored group, located at Point 247.6 to the northeast of Komsomolez, is directed to report directly to the II. SS-Panzer-Korps. The assault planned at Yamki is called off. The company has knocked out 150 enemy tanks up to this point in Operation "Citadel." 15 July 1943: The planned southward advance towards Mal. Yablonovo cannot be realized, since there are considerable delays during the approach march due to heavy rains. Operational tanks: 8. ' The company is redeployed into defensive positions along the railway line. The order to evacuate the Pssel bridgehead is expected for the night of 17-18July 1943. 16 July 1943: Nine Tigers operational. Five new tanks arrive. Total tanks: 17. source: "Tigers in Combat 1 - Wolfgang Schneider 150 enemy tanks destroyed for losing 3 Tigers completly, the other damaged ones were all repaired.
  9. Leutnant Zabel... reported this attack near Ssemernikovo kolkhoz: The combat group Sander had to face a very strong enemy when attacking the collective farm west of Ssemernikovo. The Tiger attacking as advance platoon left the lighter tanks behind, and attracted all the enemy fire. The tanks received hits on the front and to the right-hand side. The enemy, with tanks, AT guns and AT rifles opened fire at a great distance. My Tiger received a 7.62cm hit in the front of the driver’s position. The spare track links fixed there with an iron rod were ripped off. In the tank we noticed a bang and a slight shaking. The nearer we came, the stronger the bangs and shaking from the 7.62cm hits became. At the same time we noticed considerably high dust clouds from artillery ground impacts near the tank. Further on, the crew noticed a somewhat lighter bang followed by a burst of yellow smoke, most likely a hit from an AT rifle. A short time later we received a hit from a 4.5cm AT gun on the cupola. The brackets of the bullet-proof glass were smashed. The glass vision block jammed and became opaque caused by heat from the explosion. A further hit destroyed the brackets and the hatch fell into the turret interior. There was dense smoke in the fighting compartment and the area became very hot. The loader’s hatch was jammed and stood slightly open and it received a number of hits from AT rifles demolishing the hinges and brackets. After the battle two 4.5cm AT guns and 15 AT rifle hits were counted on the cupola. On both days of the attack the enemy destroyed our machine guns. The smoke dischargers on the turret were also destroyed. The smoke in the turret caused so much trouble that the Tiger was not ready for action for some time... ...all crew members nerves were frayed, we lost our sense of time. We felt neither hunger nor any other needs. Despite the fact that the attack lasted for more than six hours, all men in the tank felt the time had gone by in a flash. After a further 7.62cm hit on the mantlet the gun mounting bolts sheared off. The recoil brake lost its fluid and the gun barrel remained in rear (recoiled) position. Due to electric problems the breech block could not be shut. Due to shocks inflicted by further hits the radio system failed and the steering levers were jammed. When the exhaust cover was destroyed, the engine caught fire. This fire could be extinguished by the fire-fighting system. Further hits loosened some turret ring screws. The turret traversing system failed temporarily... We counted 227 hits by AT rifles, 14 hits by 5.7cm AT guns and 11 hits by 7.62cm AT guns. The right suspension was heavily damaged by shelling. The connecting pieces for several running wheels were ruined, two torsion bars were broken. A rear idler wheel bearing was damaged. In spite of this damage the Tiger was able to be driven for further 60km. The hits inflicted cracks to some weld seams. A fuel tank began leaking due to the heavy shocks. We noticed a number of impacts in the track links, which however did not particularly impair mobility. Subsequently, it can be said that the armour on the Tiger had come up to our expectations... Signed Lt. Zabel The tank “231” of Leutnant Zabel from sPzAbt 503 was hit 252 times by fire from all calibres during combat near Ssemernikovo. The tank was able to be driven a further 60km and returned to the unit. Later, the tank was returned to Germany (note thetransport tracks) but it is not known whether this tank was repaired. (Anderson) Sources: Thomas Anderson - "Tiger" and "Tigerfibel" Hauptmann Lange, commander of 2/sPzAbt 502 in his report dated 29 January 1943: …Fire fight: The most favorable distance is 1,500m with well adjusted weapons we got clear hits only. Impact and penetration is so far without any complaint. The ratio between HE and AP rounds must be 1:1… From an after action report of sPzAbt 503 dated 15 March 1943: The following experiences of the Abteilung are available: 1.) 7.5cm (Kurz) Granatpatrone 38 Hl (as used with the PzKfw III Ausf N) 2.) 8.8cm Panzergranate 1.) Success against enemy tanks at minimal ammunition consumption was possible only at ranges under 1,000m… 2.) Success against enemy tanks was possible at any ranges, the most favourable range was between 1,200 and 2,000m. At 2,000m the first round will be a hit, a second round was only occasionally necessary. It is possible to engage enemy tanks in clear visibility at more distant ranges. One PzKpfw VI destroyed five T-34 (three crossing in front) at ranges between 2,500 and 3,000m. Only 18 rounds were fired… An after action report of 13.Kp (Tiger-Kp) of PzRgt “Grossdeutschland” dated 27 March 1943 reveals: The 8.8cm KwK proved to be a reliable and effective weapon. No faults or damage to the electric firing mechanism or similar occurred. No more than three rounds were necessary to achieve direct hits on marching artillery columns at 5,000m range using HE shells. Horses and men lay in the snow immediately. At ranges of 1,500m and more we achieved many hits on T-34 using the Panzer- Kopfgranate (AP round) with low ammunition consumption… …General and technical experiences: During a scouting missions two Tigers encountered some 20 Russian tanks frontally. Further enemy tanks attacked from the rear. An encounter developed, in which tank and weapon performed outstandingly. Both Tigers received ten or more hits at ranges between 600 and 1,000m, for the most part from 7.62 cm guns. The armour protection withstood from all angles. No penetration was achieved. Even hits in the running gear, which tore away torsion bars, did not cause a breakdown. While the hits struck the armour, the commander, gunner and loader could designate, aim and fire at targets unchallenged. Weak smoke emissions and flakes of interior paint could be extracted by the turret ventilator. Result: Kill of ten enemy tanks by two Tigers within 15 minutes. Most times the first shot was a hit at ranges between 600 to 1,000m. At these ranges the Panzergranate produced an absolute destructive penetration to the frontal armour, and demolished the engine in the rear, too. In only a few cases the T-34 was torched. Hits at the same ranges to the sides or rear led to an explosion of the fuel in 80 per cent of all cases. Even at ranges of 1,500m and more, with favourable weather conditions, similar results were achieved with low ammunition usage. Experiences with HE shells could not be made due to the severe shortage of this ammunition. The Paderborn training courses (Tiger-Lehrgang) noted proudly in a report dated 29 May 1943: ….The KwK 8.8cm shows extraordinary good impact and penetration. The most favourable firing ranges are around 2,000m. In one case in Russia, a Tiger with good observation and raised slope position managed to destroy five T-34 (three in parallel movement) and a 7.62cm AT gun at ranges between 2,200 and 3,000m using only 18 AP and HE shells. In North Africa, the General Sherman (M4) was destroyed at the following ranges: 3,400m frontal penetration in the gearbox; at 600m punched penetration and torn out exit at the rear. All other emerging enemy tanks were penetrated as well. The crews are fully satisfied with this gun… Optics sPzAbt 503 in a report dated 15 March 1943: …The optical equipment on the Pzkpfw VI fully meets the troops´ demands. We suggest the following improvements: 1.) The exterior glasses of the double telescope often show condensation and accumulation of dirt. We demand a wiper for the optics, leather is better than felt. 2.) The rigid graduated range plate in the left tube of the double telescope should be moveable as is the right tube, so both tubes of the stereoscopic telescope can be used separately when one is damaged… 3.) The gunner needs a telescope [in the turret roof] near the turret lamp, as on the T-34. Alfred Rubbel, a veteran of sPzAbt 503, remembers that his unit never suffered any ammunition shortages: If the supply was low, we tankers helped ourselves from stocks of Luftwaffe and Heeresflak units. Although the primers for the 8.8cm FlaK ammunition were different, we had learned to change them. The wise Tiger tanker always had many electric primers at hand…
  10. Interesting vertical Zimmerit on a Totenkopf Tiger.
  11. It’s a 3 in 1, but you can build it 2 ways ? Color me confused
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