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Mercedes-Benz Actros GigaSpace - Edition 3

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  1077/55
Scale:  1:18
Review Date:  April 2024

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


Mercedes-Benz Actros GigaSpace - Edition 3 video. 
NZG branded box.
Very nice steering angle.
Looks great.
Smart wheels.
Very realistic appearance.
Opening grille.
Opening doors.
Front lighting.
Pulling a trailer.
Looks great with a container trailer.

This model is a Mercedes-Benz Actros L 4x2 GigaSpace.  It is Edition 3.

It is in the large scale of 1:18 and features working electronics for the lights.


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.


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 look very smart. 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 number plate.  Overall the finish is excellent with sharp graphics.  Air horns and wipers are modelled and the door handles are convincing. 

Instead of side mirrors the model has video camera stalks with screens inside the cab. The interior 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 is a fixed wheel chock, with another supplied as a separate part.  The wheel arches look realistic.

Under the cab is a very detailed engine.


The Actros rolls extremely well in a straight line.  It has a very good steering angle also.  The steering wheel in the cab is linked to the steering and rotates slightly.

The rear axle has a working suspension, and there is 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, the cab, and the front and rear lights.  They are operated by means of a touch-sensitive switch on the top of the air intake.  The lights give the model a great look in low light.  The front lights are not particularly bright, with the rear stop lights being much brighter.


This is another very high quality Mercedes-Benz model in 1:18 scale.

The paintwork and graphics are excellent.


The model is good value given its large size and metal content.


This Edition 3 version of the Actros continues the very standard of NZG 1:18 scale models.  The detailing is really good and the finish of the model is excellent. 


This Edition 3 version of the model first appeared in March 2024.

Profile view.
Manual and bags.
See-through roof light.
Cab rear is finely cast.
Excellent interior.
Excellent detailed engine.
Rear lights are bright.
Super impressive.
Very well finished.