King Tiger Tank

This is a Plastic Model Kit of the 1/35 Scale German King Tiger Production Turret Tank from Tamiya. This kit is recommended for age 10 and up.

Tamiya King Tiger Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35164
 Tamiya # tam35164
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Tamiya Item # tam35164
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 8" (20.3cm) (measured without gun)
  • Width: 3-3/4" (9.5cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35164
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Spotlight Review

"Builds easily with plenty of room for add-ons."
This kit has been around for over 20 years and its still a fairly accurate easy to build kit. Comparing wheels and other details with the more detailed Dragon King Tiger kits the quality is on par minus the metal parts present in the Dragon kits. Anybody from a novice to an experienced modeler will enjoy building this and there a plenty of aftermarket parts available, from track links, to engine sets, interior turret sets and photetched detail sets and all are relatively easy to find as well. Overall this is an easy to build kit and a popular subject with alot of aftermarket options anybody interested in Axis armor will find this a welcome edition to their collection.

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  • Detailed plastic parts attached to sprues and molded in light brown and black.
  • Highly accurate static display model.
  • Accurately reproduced exterior.
  • Authentic 88mm gun with loading breech.
  • One lifelike commander figure.
  • Detailed flexible tracks.
  • Thick armor included.
  • Machine gun mounted on the front hull section and on the turret.
  • Escape hatch included.
  • Vinyl netting for air intake cover.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 8" (20.3cm) (measured without gun)
  • Width: 3-3/4" (9.5cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35164


One 1/35 German King Tiger Production Turret Tank

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"King of the Battle"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
I built this kit years ago and found it to be a huge tank compared to the other German and US tanks as in real life. I'm sure that the size was a real shock to all. The kit I recall was easily assembled with little or no mold problems and fit. The detailing was good for the time with lots of extra possibilities as the kit is expandable. I detailed my kit with Zimmerit Anti- mine coating by using a trick I read about in a scale model magazine, I used the raised edges of diner napkins glued with Super-glue applied to the surfaces that would be typically coated. The tank really adds to any collection of armor!

"Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger"
This was an awesome kit to build and I enjoyed every second of it. The detail was close to as defined as dragon kits are, and the fit of everything was great. The back piece to the chassis was the only part I needed to add putty to after assembling. The interior detail was more than what I was expecting. It is enough to leave all the hatches open if you choose, and would be a great start if you want to buy after market interior parts to really display the inside. I don't really like the rubber band style of tracks, but because the top of the tracks are covered they ended up looking fine. The decals were nice and stuck very well with the help of decal solution. In addition, the instructions were clear and provided a lot of information. I ended up buying photo etch grill covers because the mesh they provide just does not look good to me. Along with that, I bought a metal barrel to replace the two piece plastic one from the kit. This was a great kit, the only thing that could make it better is if tamiya could replace the mesh with PE grill covers. Personally, if the cost went up just a bit for PE Grill covers I think it would be worth it.

"Really impressive when done"
I really liked building this tank - it was very satisfying to look at when done because it is so dang big and powerful looking compared to the others in my collection! The add-on details like extra tracks are nice, but one of the things I like most is the 'tread skirt' which hides the top portion of the rubber treads. Very nice kit!


  • NOTE: Please keep all small parts and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Care should be taken when using various tools and modeling knife.
  • Paint recommended for use with this kit is for adults only.

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