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MAN 7t. milgl 6x6(03291) 1:35 Carrera Revell


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MAN 7t. milgl 6x6(03291)

1:35 Carrera Revell

 

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In the 1960s the Bundeswehr was looking to replace its fleet of vehicles which stemmed from the birth of the modern German Army. They wanted a fleet of 2, 3 & 4 axle vehicles in the 4 to 10 tonne payload range which had to be amphibious. As it was a large task it was suggested that bidding companies form a common development company for a unified project. This was set up under the leadership of MAN and included Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz, Bussins, Krup, and Henschel. The specification agreed was for a cross country capable, amphibious, all wheel drive, run flat tyres, steel cab,  NBC protection, and a multifuel engine. In 1975 the German Army & MAN signed the contract to produce 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles. The distinctive cab with the cut away corners stems from the need for the vehicles to be rail transported on standard flat cars. Earlier trucks had fixed cabs but later ones tilting ones which made engine maintenance much easier. All vehicles feature a mount for a MG3 machine gun (basically an MG42!).

 

 

The Kit

This is re-boxing of Revell's kit from 2001. The kit arrives on 5 sprues of green plastic, a clear sprue and 7 rubber tyres.  Construction starts by building up the truck chassis. The two rails are assembled with 6 cross members and a rear link member. To these are added the rear axles after they are assembled with their suspension units. A central transmission unit is added with drive shafts linking the two rear axles. The front axle is then assembled and added in along with its suspension units, this is also linked via a drive shaft to the transmission. Air tanks and wheel chocks are then added to the chassis, followed by the exhaust.

 

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 The cab unit can then be made up To the base is added the left side panel and the front panel. The steering column and wheel go in along with the seats, and the rear cabin bulkhead. The roof complete with MG hatch is added, then at the right side the more complicated bulkheads and side panels go on, along with the rear bulkhead. The cab can then be added to the chassis and the exhaust parts included which join up the box installed on the chassis. At the front of the cab the bumper and mirrors go on, along with the front lights. 

 

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Now the rear load compartment is built up, Here the tilt sides are moulded on so there is no option to have an open cargo bed. The tow sides add to the load bed with the headboard and tailgate being added. The roof can then be attached, and underneath the frames are added. Equipment boxes and tools are added under the main body at this time along with mudflaps and a tow bar, before it is mounted to the chassis. Lastly the wheels are added.

 

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Markings

A small decal sheet provides marking for 5 different Army units all with small differences to the standard camo scheme

 

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Conclusion

This is still a good model of the standard Germany Army truck and can be recommend to modeler of all skill types. 

 

Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online.

 

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Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

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