Bergepanzer Tiger (P)
|Kit # 7227||
Preview by Rob Haelterman
Picture from Henk of Holland website, used with permission.
One of the lesser known family members of the Tiger (P) family is the Bergepanzer Tiger (P). The vehicle was used as a recovery vehicle in Elefant/Ferdinand units, and was generally well-liked due to its superior manoeuvrability. The kit has a lot in common with the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger (P) kit from Dragon (kit 7209), even more than with their Elefant/Ferdinand kits, although many similarities still exist with the latter.
Even though some of the Elefant kits come with rubber and hard plastic tracks (like kit 7253), this one only comes with hard plastic tracks, although the wheels and suspension are the same.
hull is reworked in a number of areas, compared with the Elefant
kit, with some finer details and the holes for the attachments
of the ready made display models blanked off. (The shape is also somewhat
different.) It is somewhat similar to that of the PzKpfw
VI (P) but it no longer has the molded on tow ropes.
Many parts are shared with the PzKpfw VI (P) kit, as they share a common sprue. Alternate upper hull parts are blanked off, depending on the kit.
The set contains its own specific PE set with a chain for the Behelfskran.
contains a very small decal sheet, that still caters for 4 marking
opinion the best source for pictures of this vehicle is "The
combat history of German heavy anti-tank unit 653 in World War II"
by Karlheinz Münch.