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1952 ZM Labedy T-34/85 (Customized as Tiger I)

1952 ZM Labedy T-34/85 in Saving Private Ryan, Movie, 1998 IMDB

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: SU — Built in: PL

1952 ZM Labedy T-34/85 (Customized as Tiger I)

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


Alexander DE

2005-10-22 16:03

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Here we have a Soviet KhPZ (Kharkov Steam-Engine Factory) T-34 which was heavily modiefied to give an apperance of a German 'Tiger' tank. The 'Tiger' was made by Henschel and officially called Pz.Kw.VI Sd.Kfz.181 'Tiger'.

On still images the fake is easy to spot as the running gear on the Tiger is different, the turret further aft and the tracks are wider. But it is a great effort Spielberg made and the result is quite convincing. At last a film were not a US M48 is trying to play the role of a German WWII tank.

georgie BE

2006-02-18 21:23

the fake "Tiger" is still in working order and can be seen
at Tank Museum in Bovington GB.

2491tj EN

2006-03-09 03:14

the other fake tiger which gets its track blown off in the movie was broken up in 2005 in order to provide decent running gear for a t34 being restored.

Pokeoddsponge US

2007-04-24 20:32

Shouldn't it be "Made for movie Pz.kpfw VI E" ?

antp BE

2007-04-24 22:55

"Made for Movie" is for vehicles built from scratch or on an unknown basis. According to Alexander, the basis of this one is known.

cyrix US

2008-07-03 06:23

The 1970 movie, Kelly's Heroes, featured three Tiger tank mock ups. These were modified T-34 tanks like the ones in Saving Private Ryan, but they actually looked a bit more realistic.

-- Last edit: 2008-07-03 06:23:40

666Irish US

2008-11-07 22:20

Contrary to popular belief, the other Tiger (the one that 2491tj mentions) was NOT dismantled, and resides in the private collection of a friend of mine. At the moment it is not running, as the engine is being rebuilt in the shop that I work in, but it was occasionally being used by the 9thSS re-enactment group and video's can be found on YouTube.

Another misconception is that they only used the running gear of the T34/85. The fact is that there is a COMPLETE T34/85 under the 'Tiger' shell, turret and all.

666Irish US

2008-11-07 23:59

Oh yeah, the T-34's used for the film were mid to late 50's models, not 1940 (that would have been the T34/76)

2491tj EN

2009-06-02 00:42

Historically this is wrong....tigers would not have been in this part of Normandy until 12 June..at this time the movie is set, the tanks would have been captured French ones employed by Panzer Abtielung 100..an Army unit...not SS

filmpanzer US

2010-03-16 22:55

The SPR T-34 'Tiger' with "blow-up" engine/rear was last seen on display at IWM Duxford. The runner has had several owners. I can currently be seen with the the 9SS Panzer Div. reenactment group in the Pennsylvania - same unit has one of the BoB FV432 'StuGs'

janek PL

2010-04-06 16:36

It's T-34/85, according to: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/message/1113826720/Not+a+t-55+chassis

janek PL

2010-04-06 20:52

Bumar T-34/85 from Bovington Tank museum (they have 2 examples: Polish post-war in running condition and one exhibit inside museum - captured in Korea)

amayo EN

2013-05-21 10:27

One of these T-34-85's is currently at IWM Duxford, dressed up in an 'ambush' position. I'm not sure about the other, but I hear it's still working.

Gleban24 EE

2014-04-17 14:01

1952 ZM Labedy T-34/85 (Customized as Tiger 1).
[Image: 12439589125.jpg]

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