Dragon Tiger Question

I just purchased some Dragon 1/72 scale Tiger Tanks, and was wondering what
the markings Sd.Kfz.181 means. I am new at this, so any help would be
appreciated. Thanks!
Steve
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Steve Hawkins
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Sonderkraftzeug #181, or roughly special purpose vehicle #181.
Steve Hawk> I just purchased some Dragon 1/72 scale Tiger Tanks, and was wondering what
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Ron Smith
Isn't it SonderkraftFAHRzeug #181? Which would make it something like Special propulsion vehicle (ie tracked vehicle). Or am I completely wrong?
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Wim Mahieu
It is Sonderkraftfahrzeug, which translates to Special Purpose Vehicle. An Sd.Kfz does not have to be tracked. Halftracks and all wheel armored cars are included
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willshak
Thanks for all the info on the subject. Now, one more question: What does the number 181 signify? Thanks again!
Steve
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Steve Hawkins
It's a stock number within the German military's catalog of equipment. Every vehicle type had one. For instance, SdKfz. 251 was an armored three ton halftrack, SdKfz. 7 was an unarmored halftrck prime mover, etc.
Gerald Owens Steve Hawk> > Wim Mahieu wrote:
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Gerald Owens
That's just the number that differentiates it from all the other Sd.Kfz type vehicles #181 is the Panzerkamphwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E tank. # 7 is the Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 8t halftrack/tractor (prime mover) #182 is the Panzerkamphwagen VI Tiger II Ausf. B (the King Tiger tank). #162 is the Jagdpanzer IV (Sturmgeschutz tank destroyer) Rommel's command vehicle "Greif" was a Sd.kfz 250/3 Leichte Funkpanzerwagen Then there are modifications to one Sd.kfz type which will have a different Sd.kfz number.
Don't ask me what all the Sd.kfz numbers belong to. I don't think the Germans knew what all the numbers meant. These are just the ones I have models of.
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willshak
The Germans put a lot of their vehicles in "bands" of numbers. For example, as noted 181 is the Tiger I (Ausf. or Model E), 182 is the Tiger II (Ausf. B in either Porsche turreted or Henschel turreted varieties, 184 is the (Tiger) "Ferdinand" or "Elefant", 171 is the Panther (Ausf. D, A or G), 173 is the Jagdpanther, 161 the Pzkw. (Panzerkampfwagen or Armored fighting vehicle) IV, 141 the Pzkw. III, etc.
There is a logic there for the tanks, but it goes away with some other vehicles. Most of the 2xx series are support vehicles such as the 221, 222, and 233 4 x 4 armored cars, the 232 6 x 6 armored car, the 231/233 and 234 8 x 7 armored cars, the 250 light halftrack and the 251 medium halftrack.
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Cookie Sewell
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AMPSOne
"Wim Mahieu" wrote in news:4463378f$0$22043$ snipped-for-privacy@news.skynet.be:
The KRAFT in this means that it is powered by an engine. PKW= Personen Kraft Wagen = normal car
LKW= Last Kraft Wagen = Commercial Truck, truck/trailer
Sd Kfz = Sonder Kraftfahrzeug = Special Purpose vehicle.
Sd Kfz 2 (also known as Ketten Krad) which is a kind of abbreviation of Ketten Kraft Rad (chain powered bycicle/motor cycle) Thus being an engine powered track drive motorcicle
A Krad would thus mean a Kraft Rad
HTH
Dennis
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Mechanical Menace

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