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Artitec 387.17-AM Highlights:
Model: Artitec's 387.17-AM 1/87 scale Tiger II is fully assembled and painted with Hinterhalt-Tarnung or Ambush Camouflage – a base coat of Dunkelgelb with Rotbraun and Olivegrün stripes with the addition of opposite color dots. This camouflage was supposed to simulate the effect of sunlight shining through brush and forest. All the new Artitec finished models are highly detailed works of art. They are all hand painted and finished using the highest quality resin, plastic and metal parts. Add a few to your collection today before they are sold out. Models are made in small production runs so don't delay in ordering.
Prototype: The Tiger II or Königstiger (King Tiger) is undoubtedly the greatest representative of German armored might from the Second World War and a favorite subject of model enthusiasts around the world. Known officially as the Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, the Tiger II combined the thick armor of the Tiger I with the sloping sides of the Panther. It mounted the powerful Krupp 88 mm KwK 43 L/71 gun which could penetrate 132 mm of armor at 2,000 m and achieved 86% target accuracy at the same range. The Tiger II’s hull and turret fronts were protected by 150 mm and 180 mm of armor respectively making it nearly impervious to frontal attack, forcing Allied tanks to make flanking attacks and yielding tactical initiative to Tiger IIs. Like the Tiger I, the Tiger II’s superior armor and armament resulted in a very heavy weight, low top speed, and low range, all limiting the tank’s maneuverability and operating radius. More Tiger II losses were attributed to mechanical unreliability caused by poor late-war materials and construction as well as running out of petrol than were losses due to combat. A complex design, only 492 Tiger IIs were built before the end of the war. Despite its shortcomings, it is worth noting that there is no evidence of a Tiger II being knocked out from the front during the war. PLEASE NOTE: These models are all handmade and painted which makes every one unique. This means the paint patterns may vary a little and the detail parts like sandbags, turret tracks, antennas, etc. may also be arranged differently. This was also the case in real life. These models are very prototypical.