Forces of Valor 1/16 Scale Tiger I 007 "Wittmann's Final Battle"

Fourth in the series of “Extreme Metal” vehicles released by Forces of Valour, this 1/16 Tiger I commemorates Michael Wittmann’s final battle near Cintheaux in 8th August 1944. The Tiger, 007, was the Battalion command vehicle, which had been assigned to Wittmann following the injury of Battalion commander SS-Sturmbannführer Heinz von Westernhagen.

This exquisite piece of die-cast engineering features a moving turret and cannon, hatches that open and close, and an engine section into which can be placed the detailed die-cast engine block. The vehicle has a fine “Zimmerit” paste finish, and is painted in the three-tone dark sand yellow, red-brown and olive green camouflage colour scheme adopted by the 101st Panzer Battalion during the summer of 1944.

This limited edition item comes with a number of accessories, including figures of Michael Wittmann and his four crew members. It comes complete with a guide sheet, an A3 poster, numbered certificate of production, and two brochures containing technical information on the Tiger I and the story of Michael Wittmann’s final battle in Normandy.

Both of the brochures that come with this model contain narrative provided by this author from this website.

Packaging, brochures and accessories

The selection of images below are of the 1/16 Forces of Valor “Wittmann’s Final Battle” Tiger I inside its packaging, as well as of the two brochures, poster, certificate and guide sheet. As well as the vehicle itself, there is a separate box containing the die-cast engine block, and a container containing the five crew figures and all of the fixtures and fittings to be attached to the hull.

To view a larger version of each image, just click the appropriate thumbnails.

FoV Tiger 007 Outer Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Outer Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Outer Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Open Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Engine Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Engine Box

FoV Tiger 007 Engine In Box

FoV Tiger 007 Engine Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Engine Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Engine Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Antenna

FoV Tiger 007 Accessories Box

FoV Tiger 007 Crew

FoV Tiger 007 Crewman

FoV Tiger 007 Crewman

FoV Tiger 007 Crewman

FoV Tiger 007 Crewman

FoV Tiger 007 Wittmann Figure

FoV Tiger 007 Document Folder

FoV Tiger 007 Card Obverse

FoV Tiger 007 Card Reverse

FoV Tiger 007 Certificate of Authenticity

FoV Tiger 007 Documents

FoV Tiger 007 Instruction Booklet

FoV Tiger 007 Instructions

FoV Tiger 007 A3 Poster

FoV Tiger 007 Technical Manual

FoV Tiger 007 Inner Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Inner Packaging

FoV Tiger 007 Inner Packaging

The vehicle

The following selection of photographs show the Forces of Valor 1/16 Tiger I “007” with all of the accessories displayed, including the mud flaps, side skirts and command tank aerial. A number of the images illustrate the opening and closing hatches located on the hull and turret, the engine compartment with fitted engine block, and the commander’s cupola.

FoV Tiger 007

FoV Tiger 007

FoV Tiger 007

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Front Mudflap Detail

FoV Tiger 007 88mm Gun Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Front Wheels Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Glacis Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Bow Machine Gun

FoV Tiger 007 Hull Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Hull Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Turret

FoV Tiger 007

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Rear

FoV Tiger 007 Rear and Tactical Marking

FoV Tiger 007 Rear Mudflap Up

FoV Tiger 007 Rear Mudflap Down

FoV Tiger 007 Rear Exhausts

FoV Tiger 007 Radio Antenna Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Rear Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Escape Hatch

FoV Tiger 007 Escape Hatch Open

FoV Tiger 007 Rear Hull Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Rear Hull Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Detail

FoV Tiger 007

FoV Tiger 007 Turret

FoV Tiger 007 Commander's Cupola Open

FoV Tiger 007 Commander's Cupola Closed

FoV Tiger 007 Radio Operator's Hatch

FoV Tiger 007 Radio Operator's Hatch Open

FoV Tiger 007 Radio Driver's Hatch

FoV Tiger 007 Radio Driver's Hatch Open

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Number Detail

FoV Tiger 007 88mm Gun

FoV Tiger 007 Side View Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Front View & Additional Tracks

FoV Tiger 007 Bow Machine Gun

FoV Tiger 007 Driver's Visor

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Front View

FoV Tiger 007 Front Mudflap Down

FoV Tiger 007 Front Mudflap Up

FoV Tiger 007 Bow Machine Gun

FoV Tiger 007 Side Hull Detail

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Ammo Boxes Closed

FoV Tiger 007 Turret Ammo Boxes Open

Vehicle and crew

The final selection of images show the Tiger and the five exclusive crew figures. Note that all of the figures do not contain their Waffen-SS insignia such as the Totenkopf on the caps or the SS Sigrunes – these will be added later by myself using standard modelling paints.

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann figure on turret

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann figure on turret

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann and crew

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann and crew

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann and crew - "camera" view

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann and crew

FoV Tiger 007 Michael Wittmann and crew - "camera" view

FoV Tiger 007 crewman detail

FoV Tiger 007 crewman detail

FoV Tiger 007 crewman detail

FoV Tiger 007 crewman detail

FoV Tiger 007 crewman detail

 

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