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MAN Truck
and Sunshield Trailer

 

Italeri, 1/24 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and  Description 3822 - MAN Truck and Sunshield Trailer
Contents and Media: 136 yellow, black and grey plastic parts, 15 rubber tyres, 8 clear parts, 1decal sheet and 1 sheet containing 2 stick on decals.
Scale: 1/24
Price: around USD$80-$90
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautifully moulded parts that are already colour coded, a huge decal sheet with over15 sets of number plates!, one piece stick on decals for the trailer.
Disadvantages: At 63.5cm , it could be a tight fit on the display shelf!
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


FirstLook by Jason Woollett


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FirstLook


Italeriís 1/24 scale kit of a MAN tga truck with Reefer Trailer is one great big kit.

The box art is fantastic, showing a semi-nude girl on the beach decorating the sides of the trailer. Iíll admit to being worried at the prospect of trying to put a water slide decal that size along the side of the trailer. Maybe Italeri was too, because they have provide a stick on decal that, in my opinion, will be easier and less likely to tear than a waterslide transfer of this size.

The truck chassis comes in one piece with the engine, mudguards and fuel tank already attached. The suspension is quite detailed and along with the air tanks and fuel tank, the under body area is a very busy place. It seams a shame that much of it is hidden with the trailer and side body panels attached.

The interior includes a bed and some large decals for instrument gauges. The truck cab consists of 5 large pieces to make a box structure. To this you then add all of those aerodynamic aids which all modern trucks have. This is the only time the kit calls for the use of alternate parts.

The trailer is a kit in itself, and Italeri have you make the trailer in 2 box sections which you then join together. A strong join is ensured via locating tabs that are half the width of the trailer. The trailers rails located under the box structure will require careful assemble to keep them true and parallel whilst they dry. To this go the three rear bogies and the six wheels.

To be honest, if you could ensemble the truck cab and trailer box without any glue marks, you could get away without having to paint it. The yellow coloured plastic is that good. Because I canít (hey Iím honest), Iíll be paint mine in Tamiya Yellow and maybe a clear coat.

I think this is a fantastic kit and Iím sure that if you bought this one, youíd be going back to Italeri for more.

Keep an eye out for the finished kit soon on Hyperscale.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample


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This Page Created on 28 June, 2004
Last updated 29 June, 2004

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