Tank construction has always been a labour intensive, expensive process. The need to increase manufacturing during the Second World War saw existing factories adapt for the job….
Zimmerit and why
You may notice that the exterior of the Jagdtiger and Production Tiger II have an unusual texture. This is Zimmerit – a protective layer to decrease the magnetic properties of the tank’s armour….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part IX Restoration at The Tank Museum
Part IX. The story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the Tiger has its Tankfest and Tiger Day debut….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part VIII The Final Stages?
Part VIII. The story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the Tiger ‘s restoration nears completion….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part VII Battle Damage
Part VII. The story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the Tiger reveals its battle damage….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part VI Oddities
Part VI. The quirks of the tank are revealed….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part V A Setback and a Repaint
Part V. The story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the engine blows and the Tiger is repainted after research reveals its original camouflage….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part IV The Hull
Part IV. The final stages of work on the hull, including interior details and fitting the engine….
One of the most distinctive features of the Tiger family is the interleaved and overlapping road wheels….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part III The Turret
Part III. The repair of the turret, including removing the gun, removing rust, and painting the interior and exterior. …
The Driver’s Hatch of Tiger 131
The driver’s hatch on Tiger 131 was replaced in May 1943 by the British after capture. The result of this early repair was that Tiger 131 spent several years with an incorrect part fitted….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part II Hull and Suspension
Part II. After disassembly, restoring and reassembling the hull and suspension was the next step….
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part I Disassembly
Tiger 131’s restoration was a long and expensive project, but one that would make the vehicle the most infamous tank in the world….
Two Widths of Track
The Tiger I was 3547mm wide and this posed a problem for its strategic mobility….
The Tigers Repainted
The Tank Museum’s Jagdtiger and Tiger II with pre-production turret were repainted to show how they looked when they were captured in 1945….
Porsche and Henschel Turrets?
Both turrets used on the Tiger II were designed and built by the Krupp company. So why are they so often called the ‘Porsche’ and ‘Henschel’ turrets?…