Recently, VDV Day (paratrooper day) occurred in Russia. This is one of several days on which historical re-enactment events are held. In one such event in Samara, a newcomer appeared!
It’s a Tiger tank!
Okay, maybe it’s not exactly a Tiger tank. I’m sure many of you have already identified what vehicle this used to be by the suspension, but here’s the full story.
“Craftsmen from Samara made an excellent version of the famous Tiger tank in their spare time. The Soviet MTLB-4 was used as a base, since finding a decent chassis for the German was difficult. The MTLB was bought for almost its scrap value, and work began.
When the engine and transmission from a ZIL-5301 were obtained, the project really got off the ground. Piece by piece, everything that could have helped was assembled: blueprints, photos, drawings. Nearly everyone that the owner knew that had any experience in the field of metalworking or automotive engineering contributed to the project to some degree. It took 7 men three years to complete the project.
“We told everyone we put the tank together using original German blueprints. We actually got the blueprints from the Internet, the Bavarian tank factory website, we don’t know if they are originals or not. We were having fun, then bought an artillery tractor tub, which happened to fit the hull.