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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf E, SdKfz 181, How to Identify the Different Models

These are not 100% perfect rules. There were exceptions, but these are the general differences.

2nd pistol port, right rear turret

Commander's cupola is straight sided. Gunner has 2 ports.


Narrow mud flaps
German Tiger I Identification Early Production Mud Flaps

Two headlamps
German Tiger Tank Identification Early Production Headlamps

Commander's cupola is shorter. Gunner still has 2 ports.


Full width mud flaps
German Tiger I Identification Mid Production Mud Flaps

Rubber rimmed wheels
German Tiger I Identification Rubber Rimmed Wheels Mid Production

One headlamp
German Tiger Identification Mid Production 1 Headlamp

Commander's cupola is same as Mid Production. Gunner has 1 port. (Note: in this picture of a model, the 1 port is very hard to see in the Zimmerit.)
German Tiger I Identification Late Production Turret

Steel wheels
German Tiger I Identification Steel Wheels Late Production

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