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"Herman the German"
an "E" Model Tiger Sd. Kfz 181 in 1/6 scale.

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Herman is a radio controlled scratchbuilt, fully operational, all metal (aluminum) 1/6 scale reproduction of the German Mark VI "E" Model Tiger Tank. Herman is now powered by (2) 1/8 horsepower 12 Volt DC gearmotors that power his main drive. He is operated by a commercial (8) channel radio transmitted on 49 Mhz that sends signals to Herman. Herman receives the radio signals through an electronic receiver that directs electrical current to (4) electrical solenoids that make Herman go forward, reverse, left and right. They also control his speed, which is approximately (2) miles per hour. Two channels are used to raise and lower his gun and two more are used to turn his turret to the left and right. His gun yoke/mantel is made from plate aluminum.

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Herman is armed with a 3mm water cannon powered by a 12 Volt 3 amp pump. His 88mm gun barrel is machined from steel. His muzzle brake and 7.92mm front machine gun and bubble are made and machined from round and plate aluminum. Herman was upscaled from a 1/35 scale model and from photos taken of the real vehicle at the ordnance museum located at the U.S. Army proving grounds at Aberdeen, Maryland and is permanently retained on mylar.

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Herman's body structure, turret, road wheels and structural details are made from plate aluminum.

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All of his axles have bearings and his suspension details are made and machined from round aluminum.

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The drive sprockets, road wheel axles and suspension details are made and machined from round aluminum.

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  Herman's track (87) left and (87) right and spare tracks attached to his front glacial and turret sides are machined from square aluminum bar and held together with steel pins and retaining rings. His road, trailing wheels and commander cupola are made and machined from plate poly-vinyl-chloride (PVC) and spray painted camouflage. His structural details, hatches, ports, ventilators, engine grating, lift hooks and fan covers are machined from plate aluminum.

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Herman's sides, floor, rear bulkhead, pannier floors, front and rear glacial plates are machined from different material thicknesses of aluminum to simulate the real vehicle. Herman weighs approximately 230 pounds. Herman has been painted with camouflage with conventional markings and was the 3rd tank in the 2nd platoon of the 1st company (#321), serving with the SSLAH Panzer Division, "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler". His theme - entry into service in late fall of 1944, for the western European theater, without "zimmerit" antimagnetic coating.

In 1999 Herman turned 10 years old, his suspension was showing it and in general he was in disrepair. At shows I would not run him because he wouldn't run right as well as many other things. I decided to do him right. I did a depot level on him. I redid his suspension, I bearinged all his axles, I installed his fourth drive train, (2) 1/8 horse gearmotors, one of these motors turned the turret in the D model Panther. I installed a pump to shoot water for his water cannon and I gave him new paint and #321 of LAH in western europe, photos enclosed.

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My thanks to David.

 

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