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M-B Atego LKW
Mercedes-Benz Atego box trailer with liftgate
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Mercedes-Benz Atego Box Trailer with Liftgate Wincanton"
Collection/Hersteller: CARS&TRUCKS
Manufacturer: Mercedes Benz
Type/Typ: Atego
Series/Serie: Shipping company/Spedition

Mercedes-Benz Atego LKW…
… is a family of rigid and articulated trucks introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1997. Originally offering light duty and heavy duty vehicles, the second generation Atego modeled here is available only as a light duty version (Gross Vehicle Weight 5,900 Kg [6.5 ton] - 13,600 Kg [15 tons]. Debuted at the IAA (International Motor Show) 2010 the new MB Atego was presented with modified front. The vehicles are powered by a straight 4 or 6 cylinder engine of the 900 series generating from 90 KW (122 HP) up to 205 KW (279 HP), connected to a manual Mercedes Benz transmission with six and nine gears. The vehicles can also be equipped with the Telligent® Schaltautomatik system. Designed to operate in close clearances, Atego combines a low framework and high payload with good road performance.

I had to look this up. LKW is the abbreviation for LastKraftWagen, i.e., heavy goods vehicle, or simply truck.

Mercedes-Benz Atego Box Trailer Liftgate “Wincanton”
This Atego is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray. Indentations hold a sprue of optional separate side view mirrors. The tray is secured in a light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. One end displays a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.

The molding is almost flawless. The exterior of the cab features fine recessed lines for doors and panels. The chassis is detailed with the frame, a basic engine bottom and transmission, drive shaft, dual fuel tanks, exhaust, differential, rear axle, and suspension. An articulating liftgate opens and closes at the rear of the van. It does not move well nor extend level with the wheels.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights. Tail lights are not even simulated with paint.

The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield. The model has slots in the front of the cab doors where the optional separate side view mirrors are inserted. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process.

Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. They display good detail. The front suspension is molded to accept optional pivoting wheel hubs. Herpa has a kit for this.

Inside of the cab is detail almost worth popping the cab off for, with bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing.

Livery and Finish
The model and components are molded in color. Mercedes-Benz’s logo is stamp painted. Wincanton emblems and markings are sharply printed, not decals. Herpa does not use decals. The paint is thin, glass-smooth, and mainly opaque.

This Mercedes-Benz Atego is an impressive model with good plastic detail and great finishing. It has a detailed underbody, lenses for headlights, a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows, and the working liftgate. Printing is sharp. Recommended.

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Highs: Detailed underbody, lenses for headlights, detailed interior, clear windows, working liftgate. Printing is sharp.
Lows: No brake light lenses. Liftgate mechanism is balky.
Verdict: Nice model of a modern Mercedes delivery truck.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 158039
  Suggested Retail: 19,50 €
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 07, 2011

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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