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Mercedes-Benz Actros GigaSpace - Green

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  952/25
Scale:  1:18
Review Date:  November 2021


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 19
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 87%

Footnotes


Mercedes-Benz Actros GigaSpace - Green video. 
NZG branded box. The Actros in the box does not have door mirrors.
Beautiful decoration.
Very good steering angle.
 
Detailed rear end.
Opening grille.
Excellent engine under the tilting cab.
Front lights.
Pulling a container.
Very attractive colour sceme.
Compared to 1:87, 1:50 and 1:32 scale tractors.


This model is a Mercedes-Benz Actros 4x2 GigaSpace.  It is in green decoration.

It is another model in the NZG 1:18 scale programme.

Packaging

The model comes in an NZG branded outer box, and inside the model is contained within large expanded polystyrene trays.

The review model had no defects or missing parts. 

The model has some electronics so there is a battery to fit, and instructions and a screwdriver are provided.  A nice touch is that a pair of cotton gloves are supplied for handling the model.  There is no information about the real Actros.

Detail

This is a very large and heavy model.

It is very detailed underneath, with lots of metal used.  Highlights are the engine block, and the hoses and cables on the rear axle.  The wheels are convincing. The tyres have a different tread pattern on the front and rear axles, and it would have been nice to have tyre branding in the sidewalls. 

The GigaSpace cab takes full advantage of the larger scale.  It is metal and the finish is beautiful. 

The roof has wire aerials and a see-through rooflight.  The grille at the front is finely reproduced and the lights are high quality, and there is a generic NZG number plate.  Overall the paint job is excellent with sharp graphics.  Air horns and wipers are modelled and the door handles are convincing.  Instead of mirrors the model has the video camera stalks of the latest Actros.

Inside the cab the detail is very good and the large size of the model enables it to be appreciated. 

Behind the cab there are coiled lines, and the various metal tanks are realistic with colour-coded filler caps.  The rear lights have plastic lenses and there are wheel chocks.  The wheel arches are plastic which is appropriate regarding the real truck.

Under the cab is a very detailed engine.

A spare pair of wheel chocks is supplied with the model, and these can be used to stop the model rolling.

Features

The Actros rolls well in a straight line.  It has a very good steering angle and it can roll in a curve well.  The steering wheel in the cab is linked to the steering but it does not rotate in a meaningful way.

The rear axle has a stiff working suspension, and there is partial suspension on the front axle.

The fifth wheel has a working latch.  The ends of the coiled lines are hung on hangers and can be detached.

The front of the cab has a section which can be raised up and posed in the open position.

The cab tilts to a good angle and it reveals the very detailed engine.

The cab doors open widely and have a spring mechanism to keep them tightly shut.

The arm rest of the driver's seat can be raised up. 

The model has electronics fitted and these control LED lighting in the Mercedes-Benz logo and the front and rear lights.  They are operated by means of a touch-sensitive switch on the top of the air intake and this works very well.  The lights give the model a great look in low light.  The front lights are not particularly bright, and the rear stop lights are much brighter.

Quality

NZG has produced a high quality model that is very heavy which, despite the large scale, is almost entirely in metal.

The paintwork and graphics are very good.

Price

The model is good value given its large size.

Overall

NZG has produced another very impressive model in the scale of 1:18.  Not only is it physically large, but it is heavy at around 4 kg because of the high metal content.  The detailing is really good and the finish of the model is excellent.  The lighting is improved and more interesting than the first version of the model.

Footnotes

This version of the model first appeared in September 2021.

 
Profile view.
Manual and accessories.
Impressive.
 
The large scale facilitates a very detailed chassis.
Cab doors open.
Working rear lights.
Matched with NZG's container trailer.
Rear lights shining.
Excellent large model.