I found this forum by searching for "private ryan tiger t-34" on google.
A week or so ago I was watching SPR on TV. I was impressed by the tigers shown in the movie. For a while I was even suspecting that they are original. Only until I saw the setup of wheels. I wanted to 100% check it and that's how I got here.
I went through this thread and have the following comments:
1. Indeed, you comment only western movies here while there are at least several interesting war movies from behind the former iron curtain. I think the must-see is the Russian series "Osvobozhdeniye", which can be translated as "Liberation". It's a 5-episode series, which for sure can be named as the largest war movie ever made. It was made in 1969-1970. They employed thousands of soldiers and hundreds of tanks. Actors playing main characters were recruited from various countries (e.g. Germans from East Germany were playing Germans). They start from the Kursk battle and end up with the battle of Berlin. Many scenes are pure soviet propaganda and special effects are far away from e.g. SPR quality, nevertheless the movie is really unique due to its scale. Coming to the topic, Russians prepared fake tigers for this movie. I will try to get some pictures and post them here - perhaps you will be able to identify which tank they took as the basis.
Recently I have ordered DVD box "Classics of soviet cinema", half of which are other soviet war movies. Perhaps some of them prove interesting. Will keep posting you on that.
2. Someone here had problems with identifying "Kelly's Heroes", which had different titles in various Eastern European countries. In Poland its was titled "Gold for bold"