Initial Production Tiger Convoy Light?

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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 11:07 pm

That’s an incredibly cool build thread. I seriously wish I had read that before I started my humble attempt. Thanks for hooking me up with these links. My hats off to you.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 11:39 pm

Jimster wrote:That’s an incredibly cool build thread. I seriously wish I had read that before I started my humble attempt. Thanks for hooking me up with these links. My hats off to you.

You're welcome. Shame you didn't ask about the convoy light sooner ;) lol.
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Postby Jimster » Thu May 02, 2019 12:24 am

Funny how tank research can take many turns.

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Postby Jimster » Thu May 02, 2019 3:47 am

The exact early style (Panzer IV type) that was used on the very earliest Tigers is available at rctank.de under the Panzer IV accessories section. I know I posted this elsewhere but this puts a closure to this thread for anyone searching for this. Thanks for all the help and info!

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Postby Jofaur86 » Fri May 03, 2019 1:28 pm

Hello :D
Not really what i found ?? But there is already some clarification about my distance between tanks :|
http://byrden.com/panzers/lamps/NotekLights.html

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Postby Jimster » Fri May 03, 2019 2:33 pm

Those are some great links ad photos for tank modelers. Thanks for posting that.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 6:35 pm

According to Alan Hamby, the very first production Tigers (manuf. Aug 1942-Oct '42) had no convoy light. The light was introduced in October '42.
http://www.alanhamby.com/changes.shtml
Tiger 131 was manufactured early in 1943, and would almost certainly have had a convoy light at some stage... :|
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 03, 2019 6:59 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:According to Alan Hamby, the very first production Tigers (manuf. Aug 1942-Oct '42) had no convoy light. The light was introduced in October '42.
http://www.alanhamby.com/changes.shtml
Tiger 131 was manufactured early in 1943, and would almost certainly have had a convoy light at some stage... :|

Funny you should say that, I've looked at tons of original pictures of tiger 131, and if it did have a convoy light, it doesn't look like it was on the tank when it was discovered/captured.

Alan also states the rear baggage bin wasn't added till the following year, so, doesn't that mean the production ones had the convoy light before the baggage bin? :think:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 7:25 pm

Some of the very first tanks left the works with no track guards (fenders), no lights, and no storage bins. Hamby has a shot of an early Tiger with an improvised Pz III storage bin attached to it. Whenever detailed production changes were made, parts could be retrofitted, and often were. People have often speculated about 131's lack of lights at the front. Well, who knows where they went, if they were ever fitted?
The Haynes manual doesn't cover lighting.
I guess with experience, crews knew what their mounts needed, and maybe the feedback got the maintenance units doing the necessary mods. If convoy lights were needed; they could be retrofitted.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 03, 2019 7:38 pm

You're right about the book. But I don't always believe what museums show, especially when there are many original pictures out there that can tell a different story ;)
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Postby Jimster » Fri May 03, 2019 7:41 pm

My tank crew added a Panzer IV convoy light before they headed to Leningrad. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
On a more serious note, perhaps Alan Hamby was referring to the cylinder type of light as opposed to the Panzer IV version. I could be wrong but I’ve seen several photos of very early initial production Tigers with the early rectangular convoy lights. I usually take internet info with a tiny grain of salt.

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Postby Jimster » Fri May 03, 2019 8:52 pm

More fantastic links! Everything you need to know about Tigers on this thread. Thanks folks.

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Postby Jimster » Wed May 08, 2019 9:32 pm

That’s it. Looks just like the brass kit I ordered.

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