The VK.4501(P) was the heavy tank proposed by Porsche to counter the shock appearance of the T-34 and KV tanks on the Eastern Front. The potency of the 88mm Flak against these two foes made it an automatic selection to be used as the main armament of the next generation heavy tank, but ultimately, some design flaws in the Porsche prototype saw it lose out to the Henschel design, which would ultimately become the fearsome Tiger tank. This wasn’t the end of the VK.4501(P) though, as Ferdinand Porsche decided to put his design into production expecting it to win the competition, but after this failed, the hulls were converted to the Ferdinand/Elefant tank destroyer.
The 35th scale Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger (P) Truppenubungsfahrzeug from Amusing Hobby
The kit comes in the standard top lifting box, and the contents are surprisingly hard to get back into the box once you take them out despite the relatively lower parts count. It is interesting to note Amusing Hobby’s Truppenubungsfahrzeug designation for this, which translates to Troop Training Vehicle. Only one Tiger (P) ever saw combat with the rest being converted to the Elefant/ Ferdinand tank destroyer, so I’m not quite sure where Amusing Hobby got this designation. We do know from our friend Herbert Ackermans that at least 3 VK 45.01(P) were being used by s.Pz.-Abt. 503 for training at Döllersheim, when they were still earmarked to go to Afrika equipped with the Tiger (P).