- 630 blocks
- Includes 3 figures – Tank Commander, German Gunner, German Grenadier
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Illustrated instructions manual included in each set
- Model dimensions (L x W x H): 13.8″ x 5.1″ x 4.7″
- Recommended Ages: 7 & Up
- Part of COBI Historical Collection: World War II series
What’s It is Most Remembered For Today
The one battle most closely associated with the Tiger II tank, is the Battle of the Bulge. This even though there were only 150 Tiger II’s deployed during the Battle out of about 1,000 total German tanks. During the Bulge, the Tiger II was so big and heavy, that special bridges had to be built for it. The Tiger II was the largest tank used by either side during World War II. With a crew of 5, this tank weighed in at just under 70 tons. The open battlefields on the Eastern Front played much more to the Tiger II’s strengths than did the Ardennes Forest during the Bulge.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Besides not being the most mobile tank, the Tiger II was also not the most reliable. It tended to have mechanical issues. Unlike most tanks, the Tiger II was designed around the its gun, and not the other way around. The Tiger II’s main gun the 88mm was very powerful and very accurate. Therefore it was rarely outgunned on the battlefield. They fired two main types of rounds: the Armor Piercing Capped, Ballistic Capped (APCBC) and the High Explosive.
Those strengths were heavy, sloped armor and a very powerful and accurate main gun. Though named the Tiger II had more in common with the shape and proportions of the Panther tank, than it did with the Tiger I. The Tiger II had more sloped armor plating than the Tiger I, that was so strong, that there is no record of a Tiger II ever having been penetrated in front during the war.
Design and Manufacture
When the Germans realized that they were never going to be able to outproduce the Allies, they decided the tanks they did make would have better guns and stronger armor than the Allies’ tanks did. Interestingly in the back of the Tiger II, the compartments were actually water tight.
The competition to build the Panzer II came down to two companies, Porsche and Henschel. At it’s peak, it took only 14 days for Henschel to build an entire Tiger II. Less than 500 Tiger II Tanks were ever produced. Therefore perhaps it is not surprising that there is only one museum in the world today that has an original, working Tiger II Tank, the Musee Des Blindes in France.