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Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 Heavy Staff Car - Kfz. 70 - case report

Kameraden !!!
      This project is a commission, for a good friend. He wants a Mercedes towing a piece of artillery. My intention will be to use a Pak 40 - 75mm AT gun, but let's see how things unfold. With you, the Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 Heavy Staff Car - Kfz. 70.

General Hermann Balck in his MB L1500A Kfz 70 4x4 as heavy staff car.
Panzer-grenadierdivision "Grossdeutschland" - Achtyrka (near Kharkov).
Russian front - dark gray cammo overpainted with yellow lines.
History:
      The Mercedes-Benz L1500 (A:4x2 and S:4x4) was a light truck of the Mercedes-Benz brand , which Daimler-Benz AG, developed in 1941.
A brand new Mercedes Benz 1500S 4x2  light truck 
     The Kfz 70 MB L1500A 4×4 and L1500S 4×2 heavy cars were derived from this light truck and classified same as Steyr 1500 and Horch typ. 
      The basic type of body became Kfz.70, designed for transporting of 7 person. For bad weather condition the car was equipped with retractable top and canvas panel, which could be settled on doors and sides. Trucks Mercedes-Benz L 1500A Kfz. 70 were widely used, frequently as heavy staff cars.
An immaculate MB L1500A Kfz70 staff car with
top canvas in position
 MB L1500A Kfz70 staff car with
top canvas lowered
      Also different versions were based on MB L1500A 4x4 and MB L1500S 4x2 chassis, particularly fire trucks (4x2) , radio cars (4x2 and 4x4) and ambulances (4x2 and 4x4). More often for radio cars and ambulances were used the 4×2 version.
      The MB L1500A 4x4 trucks were produced from June of 1941 to July 1943, when were produced 4900 vehicles. The production of MB L1500S 4x2 also started in June of 1941, but was continued till July of 1944 and were produced 4100 trucks.
     The MB L1500S was a two-axle truck. It is built on a ladder frame. The engine is the R6 gasoline engine Mercedes-Benz M 159 with carburetor, which makes 60 hp (44 kW) at 3.000 rpm with 2.594cc displacement. The power is transmitted via a manual four-speed gearbox. The wheels with size 190-20 tires have drum brakes. The four-wheel model L1500A is different from L1500S by a driven front axle, a transfer case with low range gearing, a greater ground clearance and wider tires. In this version, the payload was increased by 180 kg.

Specs:
Mercedes-Benz L1500A - Kfz 70
Type    Heavy personnel carrier
Heavy staff-car
Place of origin                                             Nazi Germany
Service history
In service          1941–1945
Wars                  World War II
Production history
No. built9.000 total
(4x4- 4.900) - (4x2 - 4.100)
Specifications
Weight2.390 Kg (empty)
Length4.930mm
Width2.050mm
Height
Wheelbase
2.225mm
3.000mm
Crew2+7 (staff car)

Armor
Engine


Gearbox
Tires
none
2.594 cc - 6cyl. 60 hp @ 3.000 rpm Daimler-Benz M159 engine - gasoline
4 speed + 1 reverse
190-20
Speed
Fuel tank
Range
84km/h
70 liters
370km
The kit:
      For this adventure, I'll use the ICM kit (# 35525) L1500A (Kfz.70) WWII German Personnel Car.
ICM's box art
      The kit is very simple, with delicate and well injected parts. Comes with a small sheet of decals and no PE or other fashion accessories. A Spartan kit, but it sounds pretty honest to me ...
The kit in my workbench... Kojak and Rover are excited and optimistic ...
       Starting by the chassi, here I decided to take a different approach following in the assembly instructions: the booklet shows suspensions and accessories assembled on the chassis stringers before building the main frame of the chassis. This allows for misalignments and bends in the positioning of the parts. I decided to build the main frame of the chassis first and then add the details ...
The chassi main frame and the engine...

After the dry chassis, adding constructive details. The alignment is key ...
I did not regret having changed the chassis building order ...

Engine, wheels and chassis... Swift and soft!!

Another change in booklet order: build the wheels on the axles BEFORE building the transmissions ...
Alignment of 90 degrees on the rear wheels and a small steering on the front, but all perfectly aligned ...

With the four feet on the ground !!!

Perfect alignment. Without any chassis bending ...
Superior German engineering!!!

      Here an ICM error: the drive shaft does not pass through the chassis hole. I decided to cut one of the connections to allow insertion of the shaft in its correct place.
Uops!!   The hole is very narrow ...

Surgery on the drive shaft

Big troubles: little solutions!!!


The MB L1500A under construction...
Starting the interior parts...

 "Un frisson": the left side wall of the Mercedes engine hood came warped ...
I'll have to force the play a bit ... Let's see how it goes ...

Done...Much better!!

The end is near!!!

Next step: painting!!!
But before: primer!!


      My friend request his girl with winter cammo. After some research, I decided to locate my Mercedes-Benz in Russia, in the Rzhev area, in December of 1942. In the Lutschessa Valley, there was a battle with great losses for the Germans, in which the Grossdeutschland Division was almost annihilated... Below, my suggestion of markings, based on historical events:

      First of all, panzer-gray, with ups and lows tones...




Yellow stripes...

After white stripes, Future (or Pledge...) to prevent silvering in the decals!!!

Next: markings!!



Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70
Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland
XXIII Corps - 9th Army - Centre Army Group
Rzhev Area - Lutschessa Valley Battle
HQ Motorized  Battalion - vehicle nr.1
1-3, December, 1942 - Russia
Matt varnish...

Notice some details...



      Now, it's time of Weathering,  to "reduce" the effect of the "scandalous" cammo a little !!!
Starting the weathering...


Almost there...
      Some accessories to increase the kit:
Selecting resin accessories: Value Gear Details!!

Here, I need heat (boiling water) the rollbags to conform the parts to fenders...

The details...

Painted....

In place: I love Value Gear!!

The end is really near!!!
     Well, Kameraden... My commission is ready. This is the Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70 - Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland; XXIII Corps - 9th Army - Centre Army Group - Rzhev Area - Lutschessa Valley Battle. Car from HQ Motorized Battalion - vehicle nr.1. In the East front, 1-3, December, 1942 - Russia.
Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70
Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland
XXIII Corps - 9th Army - Centre Army Group
Rzhev Area - Lutschessa Valley Battle
HQ Motorized  Battalion - vehicle nr.1
1-3, December, 1942 - Russia







Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70
Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland
XXIII Corps - 9th Army - Centre Army Group
Rzhev Area - Lutschessa Valley Battle
HQ Motorized  Battalion - vehicle nr.1
1-3, December, 1942 - Russia

Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70
towing an AT gun Pak 40 7,5cm.


Kojak is a happy guy!!

Size comparison between SdKfz 234/1 and Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 - Kfz. 70
The Mercedes is huge!!

Kojak is a tall guy... Notice the size of the Mercedes!!!

Mercedes-Benz L1500A 4x4 heavy staff car - Kfz. 70
Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland
XXIII Corps - 9th Army - Centre Army Group
Rzhev Area - Lutschessa Valley Battle
HQ Motorized  Battalion - vehicle nr.1
1-3, December, 1942 - Russia

Thanks for follow, my friends!!

2 comentários:

  1. Very nice model my friend. The 3 tones camo is quite unusual with a great weathering. Well done job.

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    1. Hi, Alain!! Good to see you here again, my friend!! Thanks for your incentive... Big hug, my friend!!

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