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German Cargo Truck L1500S
German Cargo Truck L1500S
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]

Introduction

The Mercedes-Benz L 1500 truck, built by Daimler-Benz from 1941 to 144 was a mostly know for military use by the Germans in World War 2. Almost 9000 of these trucks were produced, in two variants, the S-model was rear wheel drive, while the A-Model was four-wheel drive. The vehicle was also used as a civilian truck, especially after the war with the large number available. A latest release from MiniArt represents the civilian use of this light truck with some colorful options.

Contents

35 Plastic Sprues
1 Clear Plastic
6 Colored Clear Sprues
2 Photo-etched Frets
1 Decal Sheet
1 Instruction Booklet

Review

Opening the box, it looks to another kit from MiniArt full of sprues. This kit combines three previous releases, the L1500S Truck(35142), Wine Bottles and Wooden Crates(35571), and Milk Bottles and Wooden Crates(35573). All having been previous reviewed here on Armorama. The only new addition to this kit is a colorful sheet of decals representing civilian vehicles.

With that said, the molding on the kit is still very well done, with crisp details. The kit does included some fine parts, especially for the truck frame and cab interior. It should be noted that the frame and engine assembly is very well detailed and takes the first 18 steps of the instructions just for assembly. I would recommend a good razor saw to remove parts and care in assembling. Even the cab is full of detail, and MiniArt providing the option to assemble the door open would allow the builder to show off all this detail. Unfortunately for the instrument panel, MiniArt did not include any decals, so painting the instruments or acquiring after-market decal are the option.

The kit does include two frets of photo-etched parts to add some extra fine details. This includes the front grill and Mercedes-Benz logo, which should look real nice with assembled. The clear parts for the windows are clear and void of any discoloration. As for the bed of the truck, the parts have great looking fine wood grain surface details. This should make for creating a good looking wood look with just paint.

The heart of this new kit is the large decal sheet containing colorful decal representing different civilian and government vehicles. There are also plenty of labels for the various wine and milk bottles. The decal look to be printed very well and all in register. Markings for the different vehicles include:

  • Milk Truck, Saarbruckent, Germany, 1950's
  • Milk Truck, West Berlin, 1950's
  • Reichpost (Imperial Post), Germany, 1941-1945
  • Deutsche Post (Postal Service), Germany, 1950's
  • Beer Truck, American Occupation Zone, Bremen, 1947-1949
  • Beer Truck, West Berlin, 1950's
  • Laundry Service, Province of Brandenburg, Germany, 1941-1945
  • Cargo Transportation, British Occupation Zone, Hansestadt Hamburg, 1947-1949


The combination of the three MiniArt kits should provide builders with a new option for the L1500S truck, and could prove to be an interesting diorama accessory for both during the war or post war Germany. With the multiple color clear molded bottles, crates, and provided decal labels, decking out the cargo area should add some real interest.

Overview

I must say this is a very interesting boxing of kits from MiniArt, that could be of great use to diorama builders. The colorful options for the L1500S does allow for some very interesting options. The kit retains the great moldings from MiniArt, and should build into a great looking model to display on its own or in a diorama setting. Highly recommended.

SUMMARY
Highs: Great combination of kits for civilian use, colorful decals and paint options
Lows: N/A
Verdict: A great looking colorful option for the L1500S truck, and with the bottles and crates addition, a great option for a diorama.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 38014
  PUBLISHED: Jul 23, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

Copyright 2017 text by Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Some of the MiniArt decals shown here as added to my own converted civilian 3 ton Mercedes:
AUG 15, 2017 - 01:22 PM
Hope I'm not hijacking this thread. Sorry if I am. Would anybody be interested in parting with their leftover Brewery decals ? Dressler or Engelhardt it doesn't matter. I'm doing a brewery diorama and am using the Dragon Opel truck and the MiniArt one. So whatever set I have 2 of that will be the livery colors they'll be painted. Can swap my unused decals or ??? for the extras. Thanks for the heads up on the decals Michael !!! question : Wouldn't the convoy triangle be removed for a civilian truck ? Thanks in advance ! Tom
AUG 16, 2017 - 01:58 AM
Not sure about the convoy triangle - my impression was that the use of the "trailer in tow" indicator was a common trucking practice both before and after the war. I guess we need a German National to comment on this question.
AUG 16, 2017 - 03:05 AM
I guess so... Bussing-Nag truck (circa 1935) : 1948 Bussing-Nag 5000S : H.P.
AUG 16, 2017 - 03:16 AM
Or a Frenchman!
AUG 16, 2017 - 05:00 AM
In France the triangle (yellow and blue) was used until 1954 : It was replaced with a white D in a black square, and now the D on the truck cabs is gone as well (but AFAIK it can sometimes be seen on farm tractors and heavy-construction machinery) H.P.
AUG 16, 2017 - 08:59 AM
As always Frenchy you're the best ! THANKS for the fotos!
AUG 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM
Just as an idea starter: I think it would be interesting to do a civilian trailer in matching lettering as a compaion to the Mercedes 1500! (Some enterprising modelers could trade decals they are not using to produce such a model.) This trailer was borrowed/rented from a local cartage company for some vehicle tests at the WWII Skoda plant.
AUG 19, 2017 - 07:17 AM
Question: What is the device on the cab floor, mounted on the transmission hump of the Mercedes? I am going to hazard a guess that it is a gas fired cab heater. But then why waste precious gasoline when an engine hot water cabin heater comes for free?
AUG 21, 2017 - 09:47 AM
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