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MAN TGS 8x4 + Rear Tipper - VSI

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  770/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2012

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Overall   (max 100)71%


MAN TGS 8x4 + Rear Tipper - VSI Video
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NZG windowed box.
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Smart cab.
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Some good detail underneath.
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Number plate at the rear.
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Steering can be set to a good angle.
Loading up a Vögele MT 3000 2i Offset Power Feeder.
A Liebherr R916 loads up some rocks.
This model has a rear tipper mounted on a MAN TGS 8x4 chassis.  It is in the colours of VSI GmbH, a German company specialising in road surfacing activities.


The model comes in an NZG branded box with a window.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine, and as the model is complete out of the box, there are no instructions provided.


Underneath, the chassis is fully detailed in metal with only the steering linkages being purely functional as a modelling compromise.  The tyres have a good tread and appear to be the same on all wheels, and the wheels are nicely detailed.

The cab is of a high standard with aerials, beacon lights and horns on the roof, and a plastic grab rail above the driver's door.  The access steps are textured, there is a number plate and the lights look convincing.  The door handles are realistic inserts.

Behind the cab the exhaust pipe has a cap on top.  The wheel arches are metal throughout and the lights at the rear have nice plastic lenses, and there is a towing hitch.

The tipper body is metal and the lift ram has a multi stage cylinder.  There structure is simply modelled within the sides and bottom of the tipper.

A plastic cover fits on the tipper and is modelled to represent a tarpaulin cover for an asphalt load.


The truck rolls well and the front two axles have linked steering which can be posed to a good angle although the wheels on the second axle become fouled.

The tipper can be raised to a good angle of about 50°, and the tailgate opens although it is not free-swinging.

The plastic cover is removable.


This model is well made although some aspects of the paint finish on the review model were not quite up to NZG's usual high standards.  The simple graphics are good.


It is reasonable value value for money.


This is a good looking tipper model which would have benefitted from a few more detailed graphics to enhance the detailing.  It is robust and is recommended.


The MAN model in this livery first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2012 and was produced in a limited run of 300 models.
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Plastic cover on the tipper represents tarpaulin.
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Profile view.
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Simple cab decoration.
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Smart wheels.
Good chassis detail.
Tipping angle is good.
Good match with a paver model.
Doing a shift hauling rocks instead of asphalt.