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WHAT DO PRAMS AND TIGERS HAVE IN COMMON?

Aug 31, 2018No Comments

Prams of the big, old-fashioned kind had overlapping wheels. Why? Overlapping wheels can be larger in diameter for the same length of chassis. Larger wheels have less rolling resistance, meaning that they need less energy to roll over the same

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WHY TIGER 131?

Apr 16, 20181 Comment

Today Tiger 131 is probably the most famous tank in the world.  Of the six surviving Tiger I’s, it is the only one numbered 131. 

Tiger 131's driver's hatch

TIGER 131 RESTORATION: PART VI ODDITIES

Apr 02, 20182 Comments

In Part VI of the story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the quirks of the tank are revealed.  Tiger 131 was captured in April 1943.  In September 1951 it was passed to the Tank Museum where it soon became one of

Tiger 131 engine

TIGER 131 RESTORATION: PART IV THE HULL

Dec 13, 20171 Comment

Part IV of the story of Tiger 131’s restoration covers the final stages of work on the hull, including interior details and fitting the engine. 

King Tiger Wheels

TIGER WHEELS

Nov 30, 20172 Comments

One of the most distinctive features of the Tiger family is the interleaved and overlapping road wheels.

Tiger 131 turret Tank Museum

TIGER 131 RESTORATION: PART III THE TURRET

Sep 26, 20174 Comments

Part III in the restoration of Tiger 131 covers the repair of the turret, including removing the gun, removing rust, and painting the interior and exterior.  

Tiger 131 Driver's hatch

THE DRIVER’S HATCH OF TIGER 131

Sep 22, 20172 Comments

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 & ...

Aug 31, 2017No Comments

Part II of the story of the restoration of Tiger 131 to running order. After disassembly, restoring and reassembling the hull and suspension was the next step. 

T1E1 HEAVY TANK – AN ALLIED TIGER I?

Aug 21, 20173 Comments

Every effort has been made over the years to identify an Allied tank that was similar to the German Tiger. None have ever really been successful although a few tanks came close, notably the T1E1.

THE MYSTERY OF THE TIGER RECOVERY VEHICLE

Aug 18, 20171 Comment

These pictures have invariably been identified as an improvised Tiger recovery vehicle, photographed in Italy in 1944, but is it? Renowned tank historian David Fletcher examines the myth.