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Mercedes-Benz Actros MP3 + Carnehl Halfpipe Tipper - Jean Lefebvre

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  72129/02
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2014

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Overall   (max 100)76%


Mercedes-Benz Actros MP3 + Carnehl Halfpipe Tipper - Jean Lefebvre Video,  [Youku Video]
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Conrad box.
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Good looking truck.
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Detailed chassis.
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Tilting cab.
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Decent tipping angle.
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Nice exhaust.
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Opening tailgate.
New meets old.
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This Mercedes-Benz Actros truck has a Carnehl tipper body.

This version of the model is in the colours of Jean Lefebvre which was founded in France in 1927 as a family roadworks company, and became part of the VINCI Group in 2000.


The model comes in a standard Conrad outer box, and it is wrapped in foam rubber. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information provided about the real vehicle or instructions for the model.  The only assembly required is to fit the door mirrors and roof aerials.


The 8x4 truck chassis is good with most of the transmission and rear axle suspension modelled in plastic whilst the steering axles are  functionally modelled.  A short section of drive shaft is missing as a compromise for the steering mechanism.  The chassis structure is metal.  The wheels are detailed, and the tyres are the same on all axles.

The Actros cab looks good with texture on the door mirrors, nice beacon lights and it is pleasing to see a realistic number plate, and there is a fleet number too.  The graphics are small and sharp.  Under the cab the engine is modelled.

Behind the cab the equipment is metal with the chromed exhaust looking good.  The wheel arches are plastic which replicates modern truck design.  At the rear the lights are painted and there is a plastic towing hitch.

The tipper body is all metal with the Carnehl name embossed on the sides, and it has a good half-pipe shape.  The ram is multi-stage telescopic with the jacket in tough dull-looking plastic.  At the rear the silver rivet attaching the body is large and visible.


The two front axles have linked steering and they can achieve a good angle.  The two rear axles have a degree of up and down movement to represent suspension.

The cab tilts forward and can maintain a tilted pose.

The tipper body can end-tip and it achieves and can hold a good angle. 

The tailgate opens although it is not free swinging.


This robust model has a high metal content and is well made.

The paintwork and graphics are very good quality.


The model is reasonable value.


As usual functionality and robust build are the hallmarks of this Conrad model.  In Jean Lefebvre colours it goes well with other models which are similarly branded.


The model in Jean Lefebvre colours first appeared in June 2014 and was made in a exclusive run of 300 models for the VINCI webshop.

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In the packaging.
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Number plates are a worthwhile detail.
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Nice exhaust.
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Profile view.
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Chassis top.
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Working with a Jean Lefebvre paver.