Initial Production Tiger Convoy Light?

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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 5:12 am

I’m wondering if the initial production “Leningrad” Tiger had the blue cylindrical convoy light. I’ve also heard of them having a reflector instead of a light. Could someone shed some light on this for me and suggest a vendor for the part. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Postby Jofaur86 » Wed May 01, 2019 10:24 am

Hello, :D
https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phare_Notek
There are several versions of the convoy fires,concerning the color they were generally located on left side,above the muguard génerally of three different colors,according to the position of the tank in the convoy,i have to search? Seen to have that in my archives there was also at the bottom of the chassis on the left a round ( red ) reflective, i search and send :thumbup:
PS : desoled,my inglihs no perfect :{

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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 1:54 pm

Thanks for the info. I’m still wondering what, if any, lights were on the rear of initial production Tigers. I’ve tried net searches but the closest I’ve found is references to reflectors and a grainy photo of a rectangular part located where the later convoy lights were located. I want my tank as accurate as possible.

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Postby jarndice » Wed May 01, 2019 3:13 pm

Because we are presently on holiday in Mauritius and will be for another two weeks I do not have access to any of my sources of reference but from memory the circular rear reflector was first fitted to the initial production Tiger 1 and it was located at the base of the rear panel to the left of the " Left hand side Idler Tension cover".
The Cylindrical "Convoy" light which was within the left fender hinge cutout was first fitted in August 1942 the colour emitted by it has always been in dispute but it has become accepted to have been blue,
I would like to see "JOFAUR 86" source as he seems to have access to the holy grail.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 3:21 pm

Tiger 131 then and now, followed by a 1943 picture of another Tiger. Hope they help.
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Postby jarndice » Wed May 01, 2019 3:33 pm

Hi Mick, I think the bottom picture is of "813" which has the early 3 section rectangular exhaust shrouds as fitted to the first 50 Tunisian Tiger 1s.
There is a photograph in "Tigers in Combat" which shows the complete rear panel in close up of a Tunisian Tiger 1 on a ferry from Italy to North Africa,
Anyone building an early Early Tiger 1 could do worse than use that picture as a source of reference.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 3:35 pm

jarndice wrote:Hi Mick, I think the bottom picture is of "813" which has the early 3 section rectangular exhaust shrouds as fitted to the first 50 Tunisian Tiger 1s.
There is a photograph in "Tigers in Combat" which shows the complete rear panel in close up of a Tunisian Tiger 1 on a ferry from Italy to North Africa,
Anyone building an early Early Tiger 1 could do worse than use that picture as a source of reference.

If you look at the side of the turret, it has a 2 on the side, not a 3
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 3:39 pm

I took this picture from my Tiger 131 book, I know it's a recent picture, but shows the rear fender area more clearly, which can be seen that the museum hasn't altered that area since the tank was first discovered :thumbup:

Oops, forgot the picture :{ lol
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Postby jarndice » Wed May 01, 2019 3:57 pm

As I don't have my books with me I cannot give the exact details BUT 813 was a renumbered Tiger 1 as were many others in the Battalion.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 4:01 pm

jarndice wrote:As I don't have my books with me I cannot give the exact details BUT 813 was a renumbered Tiger 1 as were many others in the Battalion.

Oh I don't know, swan off somewhere nice, and leave us in limbo, doesn't cost much more to take an extra case of books with you just in case they're needed. . . .
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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 6:44 pm

More web searching taught me a few things. The very earliest Tigers had the old square type convoy lights with four rectangular openings. Pictures of the captured Tiger 101 shows no light at all but may have been removed. I’ll have to scratch build for sure and use a small LED or something to make it light up. I’ll hook it up to the headlight wires. I’ve also read that contrary to popular belief the lights were not blue but more of a greenish color. Thanks for all the input.

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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 6:47 pm

Like this. The bottom flap lifts up revealing a red light and an orange light.
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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 6:51 pm

One more pic. I promise.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 7:17 pm

Mr Jimster, look what I found (half way down the page), although it looks like a 1/6th scale. Look familiar :D

PzKpfw IV Ausf F2 G B11 of PzRgt29 12th t
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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 8:20 pm

Well, I’ll be damned! I must be on the right track with this build.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm

Jimster wrote:Well, I’ll be damned! I must be on the right track with this build.

One would think you've seen that before ;)
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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 8:29 pm

Wish I had. Would’ve made life easier.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 8:38 pm

I must have worded my search differently to you :think:

I guess it was a cool find :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Wed May 01, 2019 9:41 pm

Funny thing about the number 101. I didn’t want to represent #100 because it was captured so early in the war. The only 1/16 early decal set I could find was for the 100 so I ordered two sets to make the number 101. I wonder if this fellow did the same thing?

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed May 01, 2019 10:17 pm

Jimster wrote:Funny thing about the number 101. I didn’t want to represent #100 because it was captured so early in the war. The only 1/16 early decal set I could find was for the 100 so I ordered two sets to make the number 101. I wonder if this fellow did the same thing?

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