"Sherman's Bane" - 88mm Tiger Tank Armor Piercing Projectile Display

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Project by NDVermin posted 12-30-2015 01:28 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 - and

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 08:48 PM

Nicely presentation for perhaps the most bad-a** non nuclear ammo of the war.

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#2 posted 12-30-2015 09:09 PM

Wow! I would have hated to be “downrange” looking thru binoculars and see that thing “incoming” towards me !

Nice display !

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 10:50 PM

Simply stunning! You could not have displayed that piece any more perfect than you did.

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 11:55 PM

Thanks guys!

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#5 posted 12-30-2015 11:59 PM

Thanks guys!

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 03:44 AM

Another nice piece of infamous history.
A nice amount of detail.

When saw the photo in the front of the case I recognized that as a Sherman tank and thought you has made a mistake, then I read your description.

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 07:11 AM

Awesome box, beautiful signs on top.

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 07:33 AM

I think you did a great job and very thoughtfully made too.

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#9 posted 12-31-2015 12:07 PM

Beautiful Display, Being retired EOD I can understand the fascination with the weapons the Germans developed. I have one of the original Electronic fuses they developed that were the bane of every British EOD troop during WWII. And just about every British EOD shop has a display of munitions that killed so many of their people. We won but we definitely had a tough road due to the quality of the population that was led by maniacs.

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#10 posted 12-31-2015 06:39 PM

Thanks Mike – that’s a very unique perspective to hear from someone who deals with this type of stuff professionally.

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