|Project by NDVermin||posted 12-30-2015 01:28 PM||1754 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Well my continuing quest to build displays for the artifacts of WW2 has brought me back to the AXIS side, after my last D-Day project focused on the Allies. I’m a huge fan of WW2 Tanks/Armor, and of course the most famous of all from that period (and probably all time) is the German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger 1 Tank.
I was fortunate enough to come across an original 88mm Panzergranate 39 armor piercing high explosive round (now inert of course) which was the main armament of the Tiger and wanted to find a fun way to display it. I settled on a box inspired by the ammo crates of the day, with some added details for some flourish :-)
The design on top and front is actually CNC carved and filled in with an inlay epoxy and then sanded smooth. On the front, a disk shows the KWK 36 (the gun on the Tiger) aiming reticle overlaid on a photo of a Sherman tank, which brings us to the name of the piece. Our unfortunate tankers (I’m American) were severely over matched by their German counterparts when it came to firepower and armor, and the 88mm gun was truly the king of the battlefield for many years.
The last photo is for some scale…that’s a 2 liter bottle of soda :-)
The box is made primarily of Maple, with some Padauk left over from an American Flag project. I honestly don’t know what type of wood the shell rests in….it’s some old turning stock that has been sitting around for years. perhaps some of you can tell me?
My standard disclaimer applies with all of my AXIS projects….they are ways for me to explore my interest in history and in no way do they represent or support the ideology of the lunatics who did their best to destroy the world…Thanks for looking.
-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com