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Wehrmacht 3 Axle Trucks (DS3508) 1:35 ICM via Hannants Ltd.


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Wehrmacht 3 Axle Trucks (DS3508)

1:35 ICM via Hannants Ltd.

 

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While tanks and fighting vehicles maybe the more glamorous side of vehicles used by armies it is often forgotten that the humble truck is the back bone of logistics; without which no army in the world can unction. This set from ICM brings together three of their 3 axle German truck models under one box lid.

 

Henschell 33 D1 German Truck (35466)

During the re-armament of German forces it was recognised mechanisation would be a key aspect, and trucks would be needed with a 3t tuck. Henschell, Krupp and Bussing would develop these. The Henschell 33 B1 was first delivered in 1928. In 1929 the D1 was developed with a better engine. From 1933 the truck was again improved with a single carden drive shaft, the axles were moved slightly further apart & the rims went to simplex units with 6 spokes. These trucks were manufactured in large numbers with over 22000 being made. They served in all theaters with the German Army right upto the end of WWII. This comprehensive kit from ICM arrives on 6 sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. The parts are very well moulded and the kit comes complete with the engine and all the running gear. 

 

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Construction starts with the main chassis which is built up like the real thing. The main longitudinal members are joined by the cross members, at the front the engine is assembled and added in, large side running boards are added, and the front axle is made up and added under the engine. The rear air tanks go on along with the full length exhaust. Next up the complex drive train with the gear box, prop shafts and rear axles is made up and built onto the chassis. The rear suspension components are added, along with all the wheels. The cab and engine covers are the next major parts to be built up and added to the vehicle along with the front mudguards and radiator. The truck bed is up next with nicely wood grained components. This is made up as a single piece complete with mud guards and spare wheel carriers. To finish up the front bumper and lights are added along with various tools and the hoops for a rear cover (though no cover is provided).

 

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Markings

The small decal sheet gives 4 options; France 1940, Russia 1941, Italy 1943, and France 1944

 

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Krupp L3H163 German Truck (35461)

Developed at the same time as the Henschell only about 2000 of the Krupp truck were built. It was a more complex vehicle with a high/low range gear box for road/off road driving and lockable rear differentials,  Tracks were able to be fitted to the rear axles for use in snow and heavy mud, and the truck features a motor driven winch. These trucks were also license built by Raba in Hungary. This complete kit from ICM arrives on 7 sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. The parts are very well moulded and the kit comes complete with the engine and all the running gear. 

 

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Construction starts with the main chassis which is built up like the real thing. The main longitudinal members are joined by the cross members, at the front the engine is assembled and added in, The large side running boards/front mud guards are added along with air tanks and side lockers.  The complex front and rear suspension units are made up and added in. This is followed by the equally complex drive train. The wheels can then be added.  The cab and engine covers are the next major parts to be built up and added to the vehicle, with the radiator also going on the front. The truck bed is up next with nicely wood grained components. This is made up as a single piece complete with mud guards, equipment lockers,  and spare wheel carriers. To finish up the front bumper and lights are added along with various tools and the hoops for a rear cover (though no cover is provided).

 

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Markings

The small decal sheet has markings for 4 trucks in Poland 1939, France 1940, Germany 1940, and Ukraine 1941

 

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Mercedes-Benz Typ LG3000 German Army Truck (35405)

The Typ LG3000 was Mercedes version o the 3 axle truck for the German Military. Over 27000 of the Type 3000 were produced in various versions. The truck had a diesel engine and proved extremely reliable and robust. It was used extensively by the Afrika Corps. 

 

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Here construction starts with the large engine and main transmission block. This is added into the chassis which is built up like the real thing. The main longitudinal members are joined by the cross members, Small side running guards are added then the main suspension units are built up along with the axles and transmission components, once complete these go onto the chassis. All the wheels are then assembled and added. The complex main cab is then built up with the engine covers as well going on here. The truck bed is up next with nicely wood grained components. This is made up as a single piece complete with mud guards, equipment lockers,  and spare wheel carriers. To finish up the front bumper and lights are added along with various tools and the hoops for a rear cover (though no cover is provided).

 

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Markings

There are four markings options on the small sheet; Poland 1940, France 1940, Ukraine 1941, and Russia 1941.

 

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Conclusion

This is a great combination set that offers a lot in the box that would keep you busy for quite a while. Very highly recommended.

 

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