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German WWII Staff Car

by: Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]

introduction
Part of the attraction of modelling axis subjects, rightly or wrongly, is that although undoubtedly evil, they are perceived to have had a certain 'style' all their own. This was often exhibited in their choice of Officer's Staff cars!
the kit
Although Trakz market this kit as a 'German' WWII Staff car, it's quite clearly a Mercedes, although which type I can't be sure. As you can see from the pictures, it was possibly only driven by very high ranking officers. The kit arrived in the usual sturdy cardboard box, all the 80 various parts being split up into 5 separate polythene bags, and then the lot wrapped in bubble wrap. This proved to be adequate protection, as all parts arrived safe and sound.

The kit is made of cream coloured, average-hardness resin. The usual pouring blocks are present on all parts, but what was annoying was all the flash. It seemed to be everywhere, and will take some cleaning off!

Detail-wise, the kit looks good, very fine detail being evident on areas like the dash and inside doors, seat etc. The rear of the car is moulded as a solid, heavy block, which will give the finished kit a nice solid feel.
shortcoming
Although it looks at first glance that it can build into a nice looking kit, getting there isn't going to be easy. The instructions sheet is abysmal. Very poor, black and white, grainy images of a completed kit, with arrows pointing to where the parts go. I'm sorry, but coming from the VLS Corporation, this sort of 'instruction' is woefully inadequate. It makes building the kit very difficult indeed. There is a picture of all the parts laid out, with numbers superimposed, for parts identification however.

The kit includes a window-screen frame, and hollowed out headlamps. It does not include anything that can be used for glazing though. In a kit of this price I would have at least expected a small sheet of acetate and two lenses.

Lastly, the tyre detail is not really good at all. Three lines running around the circumference do not make a tread pattern I'm afraid.
in conclusion
If you are prepared to put a lot of work into it, supply some 'extras' yourself, and have lot's of experience with resin kits, then a nice model can result. With this in mind, and the price... I'm afraid I can't really recommend this kit other than to the experienced resin modeller with money he doesn't need.
SUMMARY
A well-designed kit of a German WWII staff car, at a reasonable price that may prove difficult to build however.
  FLASH:60%
  NO GLAZING:65%
  BAD INSTRUCTIONS:55%
Percentage Rating
60%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: TZ0123
  Suggested Retail: $89.98
  Related Link: VLS Corporation
  PUBLISHED: Jul 12, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 78.83%

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Comments

Well, I know a senile old man that would give it a try...... if you would like to send it....... :-) :-)
JUL 12, 2006 - 07:10 AM
But it does look like the "Staff Car"" they used on "Hogans Heroes"......cool in Luftwaffe grey, if it was painted like that... bit steep though... Regards Pete
JUL 12, 2006 - 07:45 AM
It doesent look like any of the real german limos of the period, none of the Mercedes' or Horchs. I understand they did it like that not to pay royalties For the price it is sold I would expect it should look like some specific car model, not just generic 'german staff limo'. Cheers Grzegorz
JUL 12, 2006 - 01:29 PM
I fetched it today at the excibition, and I quite like its looks Flash is not too heavy, and the pour stubs does not look too complex to remove. I need to check the accuracy, if it matches a real car type, but i assume I'd start this one soon. The quality is much better then Wespe's Phaenomen Granit Sankra or Baluard BR 75 Loco which I dealt recently.
MAR 02, 2008 - 07:43 AM
I just checked the references, and found a match It is Mercedes 770K, an example of which is present in german Sinsheim museum, which I will be visiting in 2 weeks. LINK
MAR 02, 2008 - 07:57 AM
No it's not, the resemblance is only remote. Proportions of the "staff car" , it's hood and grille are totaly off compared to the actual 770K. Greg
MAR 02, 2008 - 09:08 AM
   

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