VI P (Sd.kfz. 181). The History of the Porsche Typ 100 and 101 (Also Known as
the Leopard and Tiger (P))
Thomas L Jentz and Hilary L Doyle
S u m m a r y
||60 pages, photographs,
1/35 scale plans
show how the Tiger (P) developed from the VK30,01 project. Lots of clear
photographs, excellent plans by Hilary Doyle.
||May (and I emphasise only
may) be duplicated to a certain extent by Tom Jentz' final volume of his
Tiger series for Schiffer.
|| Highly Recommended
Reviewed by John Prigent
This book covers the Porsche contender for the Tiger I contract in as much
detail as possible. As usual Mr Jentz includes only information from the
original German archives - no guess-work, no assumptions, no retailing of
mistakes from other sources. He begins with the original concept for the VK
30.01 and takes us through its development into what became the Tiger (P). All
the changes along the way are documented, and many of them illustrated. The
history of all the vehicles actually built is here as well, including 3
converted to Ramm-Tigers, 2 kept by WaPruef 6 for testing, and 1 outfitted as a
befehlspanzer and subsequently re-engined before it's now-famous use in action
by PzJagAbt 653.
The clearly-reproduced photos show not only that tank but also most of the
others produced, and Hilary Doyle's splendid plans show the various changes on
vehicles built as production progressed. You need this book if you want to build
either the Italeri "Porsche Tiger I" kit or any of the conversions
available to produce the PzJag Abt 653 tank. My only reservation is that it is
not yet known how much of the material here will also be included in Tom Jentz'
final Schiffer book on the Tigers. I'd guess that most is unique to this one,
which makes it the ideal one-stop-shop for its subject.
Review Copyright © 2000 by John
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