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Item No:56018

1/16 R/C Tank Series No.18


Length: 640 mm. Image shows painted and assembled kit.

This R/C model assembly kit recreates the German Heavy Tank King Tiger. Not only can the model move forward and backward and turn with a great sense of power, but the turret can be rotated and the 88mm gun raised and lowered. To imitate the firing of the main gun and of front machine gun, light flashes in conjunction with a firign sound. The sound of the engine has been recorded, with the assistance of the French museum of Saumur, from a real Maybach HL230-P30 engine of the only King Tiger kept in working condition in the world. Not only all stages of engine sound (idling through full throttle) but also all the metallic clanking of the tank tracks have been thoroughly recorded.

About the German King Tiger (Henschel Turret) The German Heavy Tank King Tiger made its appearance during WWII in 1944. The chassis front armor was 150mm thick with 80mm thick side armor and powered by a 700hp Maybach HL230-P30 engine. The Henschel and Porsche companies came up with rival turret prototypes. The first fifty tanks produced had Porsche turret whereas subsequent tanks were equipped with the Henschel designed production turret that featured many improvements over the first model. The King Tiger was armed with a 71-caliber 88mm gun that had enough power to pierce 150mm thick armor from 2,000m away. Between the beginning of production in Summer 1944 and March 1945, 440 units were completed. Due to the havoc wreaked by the King Tiger during the final German offensive on the Ardennes front in December of 1944, the Allied forces that moved in on Berlin would fear the King Tiger up until the very last day of the war.

About the Model
 ●1/16 R/C German Heavy Tank King Tiger assembly kit. ●Overall Length: 640mm, Overall Width: 235mm. The massive form of the most powerful tank of WWII has been accurately portrayed. ●88mm gun barrel replicated with aluminum. ●Intricate tank tracks come pre-assembled. ●Kit includes commander figure (upper torso), and decals for the portrayal of 3 different King Tiger Heavy Tanks

Separately Required Items
R6/AA/UM3 batteries x8

Zimmerit coating, realistic and easy to apply
 During the second half of WWII, Zimmerit coating was applied on German tanks to protect them from the threat of magnetic mines. For this kit, the Zimmerit coating has been replicated with unique relief printed stickers. Thanks to these stickers, you can now represent accurately a late war King Tiger with great ease.
Realistic Engine Sounds
2 types of engine starting sounds
  Besides using electric motor starter in general conditions, the King Tiger's engine was started using a crank starter on cold days to save batteries power. This model realistically replicates both of these procedures. When switching on transmitter first, the crank starting sound is heard, but when you switch on the receiver first, electric motor starting sound is heard. You can now feel like you are part of the tank crew as you decide which procedure to follow based on temperature conditions.
Recording the actual engine sound
  The only King Tiger kept in working condition is displayed in the Musee des Blindes in Saumur, France. In order to record the actual Maybach engine sound, Tamiya's staff crossed half of the planet to come to Saumur. Not only all stages of engine sound from idling through full throttle, but also all the metallic clanking of the tank tracks as well as the crank starting sound and the electric motor starting sound have been thoroughly recorded. Hearing the 700hp Maybach V12 engine sound when running your King Tiger will provide you with an even more striking feel of realism.
  • The model emits a realistic rumbling as its turret rotates through 360 degrees.
  • Gun motion ranges between 15 degrees of elevation and 8 degrees of depression.
  • A xenon tube in the barrel flashes simultaneously with the roaring of gun for an awe-inspiring experience.
  • The hull-front machine gun also flashes and sounds off when fired.
  • Metal torsion bars and arms are at the heart of the suspension.
  • A commander figure is also included in the kit.
  • A precision aluminum gun barrel eliminates parting lines.
  • The recoil gearbox sits inside the turret and ensures that the model recoils after firing.
  • Turn on the transmitter first for the manual hand crank start sound, or the receiver first for the starter cell motor. 
  • The 74.5 x 47 x 17.5cm package even doubles as a handy carry case!
  • Flip open the lid of the interior box to see the model parts and get an introduction to its various functions.

Information is current as of September 10, 2020. Specifications are subject to change without notice.