As promised, here’s another nifty die-cast miniature of an iconic COH and World War II tank, the fearsome Tiger I. Just like the M4 Sherman I wrote about earlier, this particular Tiger is a 1:72 scale model and was made by Unimax as part of its Forces of Valor historical model series.
This Tiger isn’t as good-looking as the Sherman, or even some of the other FoV Tigers, in my opinion. Everything about it is accurate, and the cannon traverses and elevates while the tracks move. But the paint scheme (also accurate) just seems a little plastic-looking, even if the model is made of die-cast steel. It does have considerable heft for such a small miniature.
There is a pasty-looking German commander atop the tank, and the model itself includes six generic German soldiers in different poses. The infantry, like the tank, really reminds you of COH. These little plastic soldiers are running, waving an arm out to soldiers on their flanks, carrying ammo boxes, or brandishing rifles or MP40s. A few tank traps and little doodads like oil barrels and gas cans (with the little “X” on them) are also included, presumably to help you create a diorama with other models.
And one thing is great about this Tiger I — it’s a fairly common set. Many really cool FoV tanks were issued only once, never to be made again, which the company does to create collectible value. However, for the forseeable future, it’s easy for you to get your hands on a decent representation of the Third Reich’s most terrifying armored beast sitting on your desk, flanked by soldiers. Rifles Ready! is working on getting establishing a relationship with Unimax to sell these miniatures directly, but more on that later.
To be sure, there are more detailed-looking Tigers from Dragon Armor (a Taiwanese model-maker, I’ll review one of their models soon) and even other FoV Tigers are better-looking. However these are very expensive — up to $30 for single tanks (Dragon Armor does not do infantry, as far as I know).
I hope these scribblings of mine get you guys interested in WWII models, because it really is a cool hobby.