TIGER 131 tank

Here is a card model of  Tiger tank 131 which is in Bovington tank museum.

Back on the move again after 70 years: A mighty Tiger 131 is put through its paces for anniversary challenge.

With its huge cannon and almost impenetrable armour, the German Tiger tank struck fear into the hearts of Allied troops.
Although more than 1,300 were produced during the Second World War, this is the only working example in existence.
Tiger 131 has been restored to its original wartime specification after a two-year restoration project costing £80,000.

2012. Making tracks: Tiger 131 is put through its paces at Bovington Tank Museum

The 55-ton tank can be seen tackling the tank course at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset.
It has been fitted with a genuine German Second World War Maybach engine and its fan drives have been re-engineered from original blueprints. Now it is coaxed into life using a starting handle.
The Tiger was superior to anything the British and Americans had until near the end of war.
Rounds from Allied tanks could not penetrate its thick armour, while its 88mm cannon had huge destructive power. The tank soon gained legendary status after its introduction in 1942.

1944. Captured: Army top brass inspect the tank in Whitehall.

The historic Tiger 131 has been restored to its original wartime specification after a two-year restoration project.

On a roll: The recent fitting of a vintage Maybach V12 engine has finally allowed the 55 ton behemoth to rumble once more.

Tiger 131 was captured following a lucky hit by a British Churchill tank, belonging to 48 Royal Tank Regiment, in the Tunisian desert in April, 1943. The shot wedged in the turret ring, rendering it useless.
The five-man German crew abandoned the Tiger, which was captured intact. Winston Churchill, who was in Tunisia at the time, had the chance to inspect it.
The Tiger was then sent back to Britain so the Allies could look for design weaknesses. 

It took a painstaking 13-year project to restore the world's only working Tiger tank.

Tiger 131 was captured by British forces in the Tunisian desert in April, 1943

It was taken to Bovington in 1951. Although museum staff have had the tank moving before, the old engine kept breaking down.
David Willey, museum curator at Bovington, said: 'The Tiger outmatched anything that the Allies could field at the time.'

Historic: George VI inspects the captured Tiger in Africa in 1943.

And here is the card model.

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