King Tiger in the SMM Full-Reuenthal
2019 Summer season
Unexpectedly we got a lot done this summer.
A major project was the correction of the height of the mud guards along the tracks. Their lower edge didn't run parallel to the tracks but was sloping from front to rear. The height difference at the rear was 12 cm as we could check at the Henschel-Tiger in Bovington.
Our tank looked as if it was wearing a mini-skirt which certainly was unbearable. Mini-skirts are without doubt nice to look at but preferably on bodies with lesser weight.
We had metal sheets CNC-cut, welded them and finally grinded and painted them. Now the seam can hardly be identified.
Another long-going project has been the reproduction of the battery cases. Originals apparently have not survived. The cases could come with or without electrical heating plates for the batteries, at least our and the Bovinton Henschel Tiger had the heating plates. From photographs a wall thickness of ca. 2 cm for the cases could be estimated which suggests wooden boxes with a metal sheet envelope. Unfortunately it was not visible how the metal envelope was welded or soldered. So we have cut the sheets in a way that finally only one seem is visible, resp. invisible for those who don't know it. The seams of the bottom plate are hidden by the L-profile of the case frame. Deviating from the original we made a second inner box of PVC to prevent damage from fuming or leaking batteries.
The frames, lids and fixation tapes (not yet mounted on the photos) were made according to the Bovington originals. The result is a pleasure for the eye.
Of the original four boxes for headsets and throat microphones for the crew (the loader didn't have
one, he was supposed to load only) only one survived. Based on that we had three new ones made.
The very detailed reproductions of the locks were made by Walter (thanks to him as well) who
according to his wife repeatedly was heard cursing loud.
The break cover for the driver's side as mirrored from the one of the other side is also a beauty. It
will be adapted in detail and installed in the next season.
The original gas filter system of the Tiger consisted of felt layers which were stapled around a sieve
tube. With respect to a facilitated servicing and cleaning of the filter we have modernized the interior
and switched to a contemporary cartridge filter system which is commonly commercially available.
Considerable time passed until its realization. But isn't that the case with nearly all work on the
Another joy to the eye is our reproduction of the travel lock for the gun which was missing on our
tank and which we reproduced based upon original technical drawings and photos. A new
masterpiece from Björn, whom I'd like to thank again on this occasion for all his extraordinary works
(brake cover, headset boxes, battery cases, numerous small parts …). We wouldn't know where to
get such timely and precise work if not from him. Thanks also to his company which allows him to
utilize the facilities and provides the material to prime costs.
A mammoth project is and will be the renewal of the electrical system, and we don't speak of
reviving the radio system.
The big areas are: large and small switch board next to the driver
Wiring harness from driver to firewall and battery heaters
Alternator relay, battery relay, main switch and suppressors on a plate at the
firewall, with wires extending to alternator, starter, batteries and fire
Wiring of turret illumination and ignition
The large switch board should feature two fuse boxes, two distributor plates, two switches for
headlight and drivers switch board illumination, a socket for an external hand lamp and a red
warning light for fire extinguisher at work.
All parts were missing and the metal board itself considerably corroded.
The small switch board controls the battery heaters, either by own electricity or remote power, and
has two junctions for external speed charging of the batteries. It is fairly complete and in a rather
All components of the firewall are missing, except the fuse plate of the fire extinguisher system. The
harness wires are torn or cut that their position and direction can only be guessed by their bending.
The PTO has been entirely damaged during removal. It is not restorable and the interior must be
There are no comprehensive wiring plans for the Tiger B (at least we were unable to track one).
Luckily the Panther's plan is very similar and with the help of photos from our Tiger taken during its
disassembly, plans and literature from the internet and the remaining electrical system of the
Bovington Henschel Tiger we were able to make sense of the system.
But again it turned out again that no Tiger is like the other.
The electrical system comprises several switch and junction boxes:
Box Pz. Nr. 5c:
Box Pz. Nr. 20:
Box Pz. Nr. 21:
Box Pz. Nr. 22:
Junction box Z 23:
The boxes 20 and 22 were missing. The other boxes were partly in a dreadful condition. Would we
ever be able to get that fixed and nice again?
After an extensive time of collecting we were able to track and gather these parts:
The battery relay and main switch are still available new from the company which has equipped
Tigers in their days with electric components and still does so with modern army tanks. Initially they
were very helpful but when it turned out that we needed the parts for a tank (such suppressors were
only used in tanks) they stopped their support immediately and referred to company guidelines.
Re-assembly can start nonetheless.
Anything else? Ohh, the transmission.
In the meanwhile it is entirely disassembled, all parts are cleaned, the pressure valves and control
units worked up, all bearings new and the first units re-asssembled.
The entirely burned and worn clutch discs suggest that our Tiger was eventually stopped by a clutch
Please see the picture gallery.
The central distributor for the turret wiring, mounted on the left hand side of
the frame of the turret platform.
The central distributor box for the intercom system.
Junction box for commander's headset and mike, under the turret roof.
The junction box for the loader's headset and mice, mounted on the left hand
side above the turret ring next to the loader's seat.
Power supply for the intercom system, located above the large box for the
amplifiers behind the radio operator.
1. Wires with different diameters. The metal-covered suppressed ones are missing. There are
no textile-covered wires Red-yellow-black wires for the junction boxes 21 and 22.
2. Protection tubes with different diameters for wires, predominantly for the turret
3. Fixation clamps for wire lines.
4. Reading lamps, still available new today, they look like original when painted.
5. Starting switch, nos, ebay, very expensive, if the seller only knew ….
6. Switches. Look pretty much like the originals, but have no metal handle. Maybe we can track
an original one day.
7. Sockets for hand lamps. Available new, one cannot tell the difference at first glance..
8. Junction plates, new but like the originals, identical mounting hole positions.
9. Fuse plates. New but nearly like the originals, identical mounting hole positions.
10. Red and green light. Maybe we can install them looking like the original. Let's see.
11. Main switch. Available new, like the original but different article number.
12. Battery relay. Available new, like the original but different article number.
13. Alternator relay. An old original but revised.
14. One out of two suppressors. The second one was missing but since it was bridged on the
switchboard of our Tiger we will not pursue it.