What is the Tiger fixation all about? Recalling the Japanese chap we met that had flown over for 3 days just to see 131 run has me musing. I'm interested in all tanks, perhaps mostly in British, Interwar & evolutionary dead ends, but I can still reach a foot to the left of me and grab a small pile of books on Tigger. If I got out of my chair I could find several more. That's possibly got as much to do with my scattergun approach to book-buying, but it interests me that I likely have more 'vehicle specific' titles on that machine than any other, despite not (I bloody hope) being part of the evangelical 'Tigrz R Kule' brigade. I'd venture you can find more books, kits, & general web discussion relating to it than any other tank. Yes, it's technologically quite interesting. Yes, it's big, has a fine gun, & just seeing 131 running at Tankfest is in itself imposing compared to many of its contemporaries, but that doesn't seem to fully explain the cultish devotion it inspires. It certainly left a mark on many allied veterans psyche, which perhaps plays a large part in its early 'fame', then feeding into its representation on paper & in plastic, but we've had decades now of more in-depth examination of WW2 machinery, & the fairly easy logical conclusion is that it had its strengths & its flaws, & the further you delve, the more the flaws become apparent. In truth: Just. Another. Tank. Big gun - weak engine. Thick armour - Often badly made/jointed. Imposing - Transport tracks & interleaved wheels. Etc. Etc. I don't find criticism of the thing particularly controversial (nor do I think it was the complete waste of time sometimes cited) but you can still trigger people into fits of defensive anger by even the mildest questioning. Why does it continually dominate discussion of WW2 tanks? Good reasons? Or another example of Signal magazine & silly-bugger-Goebbels still winning some sort of propaganda war 70+ years later?