German Tiger I Early Production Tank

This is the Tamiya 1/35 scale WWII German Tiger I Tank Early Production plastic model kit.

Tamiya German Tiger I Early Production Tank Plastic Model Tank 1/35 Scale #35216
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 9-1/2" (24.1cm)
  • Width: 4-1/4" (10.6cm)
  • Height: 3-1/4" (8.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35216
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"excellent model from tamiya..."
this was a great kit to build. no probs at all. all parts fit well. no flashing to speak of. I think this is one of the better tigers to comes with many versions. I went with the older version to go along wit my Pommern collection. for a diorama. if you are looking for something easy but versatile? this is it.

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  • Includes detailed painting and assembly instructions.
  • Early Production Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausfuhrung E (SD.Kfz.181).
  • 88mm main gun.
  • 200+ grey plastic parts.
  • Includes one tank commander figure.
  • Road wheels with separate suspension arms.
  • Details including towing cables, shovels, hammers, axe, and track links.
  • Single piece flexible rubber tracks for easy installation.


  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 9-1/2" (24.1cm)
  • Width: 4-1/4" (10.6cm)
  • Height: 3-1/4" (8.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35216


One 1/35 WWII German Tiger I's Early Production Tank

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"Awesome, great"
I've just finished with the tiger. It's everything and more than I thought it would be. Just a beautiful model once it's together. It was a good enough challenge but easy enough. Everything literally fell into place. The detail is spectacular. It's one you must have if you like a great looking model. I can't say enough about it. Four different versions with paint schemes. Tamiya was on point with this one. I want another one.

"Excellent basic no frills Early Tiger kit."
Dan S
For the money, this is a great kit. Fit was very good, instructions clear and concise if perhaps a bit bland. Sprues and parts were clean with minimal flash. Decals worked as they should. Many folks do not like the 'rubber band' tracks but I have no problem with them. fast, easy, and getting the proper sag was not an issue with Super glue in the right places. I would gladly build this kit (and I will) again, which to me is the best way to judge any kit.

"Tanks for the Afrika Korps"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
In 1976 I had three of these Tigers in my Afrika Korps armor collection and all painted with Tamiya German Sand to blend into the desert in which I depicted each one! They were very well detailed for the age of the modern models beginning with Tamiya back then. The tracks were easy to place on the then complex suspension as the three rows of wheels had to be placed on the model in a certain sequence which was difficult as no one except Monogram had come out with such an enormous job. With prices of kits back then I could afford three tanks and have money left over to purchase the Tamiya up and coming Afrika Korps figures which went along side the tanks as in real life. Lots great memories with the kit.


  • Markings provided for 6 early Tiger I's
    • 1: 213, sPzAbt 502, Russia 1944: Panzer Dark Yellow.
    • 2: 332, sPzAbt 503, Russia 1943: Panzer Dark Grey.
    • 3: 131, sPzAbt 504, Tunisia 1943: Panzer Dark Yellow.
    • 4: S45, sPzAbt 101, Russia 1943: 3-tone Dark Yellow/Red Brown/Dark Grey camouflage.
    • 5: S04, sPzAbt 101, Russia 1944: White with Dark Yellow base showing through.
    • 6: S33, PzReg2: Dark Green camouflage stripes over Dark Yellow.
  • Additional paints Required
    • Flat: Black, White, Flesh, Metallic Grey, Dark Green, Red Brown, Field Grey.
    • Gloss: Gun Metal, silver, Semi-gloss Black.

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