I am building the Border Tiger early production and have never installed the deck smoke dishargers - on what tigers would this be appropriate?? I have checked via google and it keeps comiong up with turret mounted dischargers - any help would be really appreciated.
Thanks all and happy modelling
Those are not smoke dischargers, they are S mine launchers. There should be 2 more, on the rear corners. David @DByrden can give you more information, but I will point you to this:
Minenabwurfvorrichtung - Wikipedia
Have a look at the pages about S mines David Byrden’s site:
If you have never been to his site, take the time to look around at the wealth of infomation it contains. You will not regret the loss of time you spend in there.
Without having looked it up, I would say it’s no later than Jan. 1943 production model. Maybe initial production as sent to Leningrad front. If there are optional gun mantlets included in the kit (as in their 1/72 Early Tiger l) be sure to use the appropriate one, unless you want to build a repaired, or hybrid, tank!
S-mine launchers were used from about January 1943 up until September or October, in other words, they were used on many Mid Tigers.
You guys are the best - and I appreciate the responses
Thank you so much and happy modelling
Did the wiring enter the tank at the launcher and run to a firing panel / switch and where was the location of this panel? "i would like to add the wiring if needed to the exterior, also interested for the knowledge end as up to now thought they were for smoke…
There are photos on my “brackets” page showing where some of the wires pass through the roof. For the rear corner launchers, the wires simply ran into the radiator compartment under the corner of the openable grille.
The wires all met up on the top front edge of the firewall, over at the left behind the ammunition bin. They all entered a flexible metal cable sleeve. That sleeve ran across the top of the firewall, slightly past the middle, to a control box stored in a holder near the fire extinguisher.
Part of that cable was not fixed to the wall, so you could grab the controller and lift it up into the turret.
I’ve never seen a good photo or diagram of the controller. All museum Tigers have lost this equipment.
S-mine controller notes