MG34 Denix Replicas atop genuine WW2 German Panther and Tiger Tanks at the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns.
One of our customers, the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, display their Denix MG34 replicas in a way that most of us can only dream of, and that’s atop real WW2 German Tanks.
Two of the vehicles sporting the Denix MG34 replicas are a genuine Panther and a genuine Tiger no less. And so many of us were thinking that we had a cool man-cave corner for our Denix MG34 replica. How can you top a genuine Panther or Tiger tank?
Sabre is proud to have supplied six Denix MG34 replicas to this museum to help top off what were already unequivocally rare and spectacular armoured vehicles.
This museum in Cairns simply has to be seen to be believed. Masses of vehicles and guns all under one roof, including very rare beasts like these. If you are ever in Cairns, it is a must see.
The staff of the museum are also highly knowledgable and genuinely passionate about these artefacts and their ongoing conservation. They enthusiastically share their knowledge with novice and expert visitor alike.
Some pics of our MG34 Denix replicas atop of these amazing vehicles are here in the photo gallery:
Their incredible Tiger and Panther Tanks are recent arrivals, but there is a huge variety of other armour and displays to take in. Rare Aussie, Brit, Soviet, US and other nationalities of armour and artillery fill the huge covered galleries. To lovers of rare WW2 armour, it's hard to top the masses of German armoured vehicles that include so many never before seen in Australia. And all are the genuine article (apart from one movie prop used onscreen in the film 'Fury').
This place is far from just another flash in the pan ‘touristy’ museum, but rather it is a serious venture to acquire and conserve some of the world's most historically significant armoured and artillery artefacts.
Here’s a little bit more information on just the two tanks that we’ve chosen to feature in this article:
German WW2 Panther Ausf.A
This Tank was acquired by the museum from the UK and then underwent an extensive 4 year restoration process.
Their research has identified the following fascinating aspects of this vehicles history:
The hull and turret were fabricated by the Hermann Goring Steel Works in Linz Austria.
The tank was most likely deployed by the Waffen SS 12th Panzer Division in Normandy after the 1944 D-Day invasion.
Post war the tank was refurbished by AMX factory and then served with the French Army.
It was retired to the Saumur Tank Museum, then purchased by a British collector before being acquired by the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns.
German WW2 Tiger 1 Ausf.E Tank
Over a six year period the museum collected parts from several Tiger 1 tanks that had been destroyed in battle on WW2 Western and Eastern battlefields. The bulk of components coming from the Eastern Front.
The parts were used to create a complete Tiger 1, a large quantity of the parts coming from a Tank with chassis number 250771.
Their research has indentified the following fascinating aspects of this vehicles history:
This tank commenced service with the German Army on the Eastern Front in 1944 with Abteilung 502.
This tank of the 502 was seriously damaged in combat operations north of Shonberg in August of 1944 by anti-tank and artillery fire. The radio operator was killed.
In this ever-growing collection we in Australia now have a museum to rival some of the world’s finest. This is certainly the largest display of armour and artillery in the southern hemisphere, and not only that, but it’s not locked away on a military base, but is privately owned and easily accessible to the public.
People can freely walk around these massive artefacts up close. Many of the vehicles actually still run and they even offer joy-rides in some.
This amazing world-class museum is open 7 Days at 2 Skyrail Drive Smithfield (just outside of Carins) Visit - www.ausarmour.com
THE NON-FIRING METAL DENIX MG34 REPLICAS FEATURED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR SALE IN OUR STORE AND REQUIRE NO LICENSE TO OWN IN QLD OR WA. USUAL PERMITS FOR OTHER STATES. SORRY WE CANNOT HELP YOU WITH THE PANTHER OR TIGER TANKS THOUGH :(