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Cheese Delivery Car Liefer Pritschenwagen Type 170V (38046)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd

 

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The Mercedes 170 was based upon their W15 chassis, which was their first with all-round independent suspension, and was available as a bare chassis for coachbuilders, as a saloon, cabriolet or as a light van, debuting in the early 30s with sales affected by the worldwide depression that started in Wall Street in 1930.  Sales picked up after the recession eased, and later versions had internal boot/trunk-space and sleeker lines, moving with the times.

 

As well as sharing a chassis with the saloon, the van was essentially identical in the forward section and inside the crew cab.  The bodywork from the doors backward were designed with the same ethos but differed due to the practical but boxy load area behind the drivers.  These vehicles were often used for years after their original purchase passing through the ownership of several operators for dwindling sums of money, especially after the war years where funds were sometimes short following the devastation in Europe.

 

 

The Kit

This is a reboxing of a partial re-tool of the original 2012 saloon and subsequent Beer Delivery vehicle (reviewed earlier), with the some of the same new sprues and more new parts added to create the necessary changes for this flatbed variant.  The original kit is highly detailed, and this one is no different, showing just how far MiniArt have come in their design and moulding technology.  There is superb detail throughout, with delicate framing, realistic-looking fabric door pockets as well as a full engine and interior to the cab.  Inside the box are fifteen sprues of grey styrene, one in clear, a decal sheet and a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass for finer details, protected in a card envelope.

 

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Construction begins with the 1700cc engine and transmission, which is made up from a substantial number of parts that just need a little wiring to do it full justice, and in fact the brake hoses are shown in diagrams to ensure that you obtain the correct bends, but you’ll need to find your own 0.2mm wire to begin with.  The curved X-shaped chassis is prepped with a few mounts and PE brackets, then the rear axle, differential and driveshafts are fitted on a pair of very realistic styrene springs that have hollow centres and individual coils thanks to some clever sliding moulds.  Drum brakes, straps and brackets finish off the rear axle assembly, then the completed engine and drive-shaft are installed in the front to be joined by a pair of full-width leaf-springs from above and below with a stub-axle and drum brake at each end.  The exhaust is made up with an impressively neatly designed four-part muffler, a pair of PE mounts, straight exit pipe and a curved length leading forward to the engine.  With the addition of the bumper-irons at the front, the lower body can be fixed to the chassis after drilling a single hole in one of the front wings and installing PE mudflaps under the front arches.

 

The front firewall is next to be made up, and the pedal box is installed one side, with a set of tools and another neatly designed cylinder, this time the fuel tank, which is curiously situated in the rear of the engine bay.  This fits over the transmission tunnel that is moulded into the floor, with more driver controls such as the gear lever, hand brake and steering column with PE horn-ring added at the same time.  The dashboard is integrated into the windscreen frame after being fitted with decals within the instrument housings, then covered over with clear faces for realism.  There is also a nicely clear curved windscreen inserted before this is dropped over the firewall, joined by a rear cab panel that has a small rear window and the back of the bench seat applied before fitting.  The base of the bench seat is also fitted on a riser moulded into the floor along with a couple of rear panels at the sides of the seats.

 

Vehicles need wheels, and this one runs on four.  Each wheel is made from a layer-cake of two central sections to create the tread around the circumference, and two outer faces that depict the sidewalls of the tyres, with maker’s mark and data panel moulded into the sides.  The hubs are inserted into the centres of the tyres, with a cap finishing off the assemblies in handed pairs.  The flat floor for the load area is a single piece with shallow sides with two moulded-in rails running underneath, and PE brackets for the number plate and rear light clusters added beneath the rear, with closure mechanism on the fold-down tailgate made from PE and styrene elements.

 

At this stage the front of the van needs finishing, a job that begins with the radiator with a PE grille and three-pointed star added to a surround, then the radiator core and rear slam-panel with filler cap at the rear.  This is put in place at the front of the body at an angle, with two cross-braces reducing body flex along with a central rod that forms the hinge-point for the side folding hood.  Small PE fittings are fixed first on the louvred side panels, then added to the top parts in either the open or closed position.  The front doors are handed of course, and have separate door cards with handle and window winders added, and a piece of clear styrene playing the part of the window, which is first fitted to the door card before it is added to the door skin.  Both doors can be posed open or closed as you wish, and are of the rearward opening "suicide door" type, and these are joined on the vehicle by the flatbed at the rear, with cut-outs underneath to clear the rear arches.  A pair of combination PE and styrene wipers are added to the windscreen sweeping from the top, a pair of clear-lensed headlamps, wing mirrors and indicator stalks on the A-pillars finish off the build of the van.

 

To put the cheese into this delivery wagon, there are three sprues of cheese parts and trays to make up and paint, according to the bottom of the last page of the instructions, which covers part numbers and paint codes that correspond to the paint table on the first inside page of the booklet.  There are also decals for the cheese labels, and these too are shown on the same page using yellow numbered bubbles to refer to the numbers on the sheet.

 

 

Markings

Get your (slightly) more colourful shades out for these decal options.  These were commercial vehicles during peacetime, so they were designed to attract attention, although the hardship of post war Europe shows in the wear and tear evident on the profiles.  There are three options depicted in the instructions, with plenty of decals devoted to the branding on the sides and the cheeses.  From the box you can build one of the following:

 

  • West Berlin, late 1940s
  • France, early 1950s
  • Nederland, early 1950s

 

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Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas.

 

 

Conclusion

This is another well-detailed kit of an old Merc van, and even if you’re not a vehicle modeller it would make for great background fodder for a diorama, especially a cheesy one, possibly with post-war Allied or Soviet armour making its way through town.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

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That's a good review Mike and very informative, thank you.  I have one of the earlier releases and like it very much,  this open-backed pickup version should be a fine companion for it. 

There appears to be two chassis' in the kit, one for the original and the other on a separate sprue,  That would leave some nice parts for the spares box.  The decal sheet is very colourful and there's enough on there which could be used on other vehicle kits of that era.

 

cheers,

 

Mike

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33 minutes ago, bootneck said:

There appears to be to chassis' in the kit, one for the original and the other on a separate sprue,  That would leave some nice parts for the spares box. 

That's correct Michael.  Gold Star for observance ;)

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I suspect the local parmesan's used these as a cover for transfering small arms

 

(sorry Mike, on a serious note, I love these querky little kits. What a golden age of modelling we enjoy )

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4 minutes ago, sinnerboy said:

(sorry Mike, on a serious note, I love these querky little kits. What a golden age of modelling we enjoy )

I also like quirky kits, but I didn't see the cheese (and cheesy) puns coming. :doh: It's Edam nuisance :D

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I've built the Cabriolet version of this kit, with the van and cabrio saloon in my stash.  They are almost insanely detailed kits that are wonderful and infuriating in roughly equal measure.  I'm not sure I'll add the cheese truck to my collection, but it's nice to see another variant of this kit.

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18 minutes ago, johnlambert said:

I've built the Cabriolet version of this kit, with the van and cabrio saloon in my stash.  They are almost insanely detailed kits that are wonderful and infuriating in roughly equal measure.  I'm not sure I'll add the cheese truck to my collection, but it's nice to see another variant of this kit.

Don't you mean the camembert version?

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