ICM 1/35 L1500S LLG Fire Truck
Scott Van Aken
The Daimler-Benz company designed chassis L1500S of
1.5 ton capacity in 1941. Most of these chassis received closed bodies for a
fire team of 8 men (LLG). Truck trailer TSA were equipped with the fire pump.
Equipment also included ladders and fire hoses.
Up to the end of 1944 there were produced about 3850
LLG on all chassis types. Vehicles on Daimler Benz chasses were extremely
durable and reliable.
1500S LLG fire trucks were used by German Fire Police
up until the end of the war.
(History courtesy of ICM kit instructions)
who are really into WWII trucks are aware that Mini-Art has done the base
1500S truck and there are those who might suppose that ICM has used some of
the sprues for this one. However, all the sprues are clearly marked ICM so
that is apparently not the case. There are 217 parts on six sprues, one of
which is clear for the windows and such. There rubber/vinyl tires for both
the truck and the trailer.
One of the sprues is pretty much all of the engine and chassis components.
This kit is not a curbside and has a complete engine as well as a very
detailed chassis and suspension. The chassis is built up of the two main
frame rails with the various attachments and crossmembers being added on as
the build continues. This vehicle has dualies in the rear and does not have
driven front wheels.
The majority of the sprues are for the body and interior of the vehicle. The
kit provides a well appointed driver's compartment and in the back are seats
for the eight fire fighters. One large seat is right behind the driver with
two smaller seats on the sides. There are compartments for tools and such on
the side of the rear, providing what looks like an exit to the rear. The
doors of the vehicle are all molded closed and one will have to cut on them
to open them up. The hood can be modeled open to show the engine detail if
one so wishes.
The TSA trailer is part of the set and is fully closed. The tow bar can be
propped up or one can model it so it can be attached to the rear of the
truck. Various ladders and hoses are provided to place under and atop
the truck body.
Instructions are well drawn with ICM's usual Model Master paint references.
Markings are for two identical green trucks with black fenders and running
boards. One has logos on the doors and trailer while the other does not have
these. There are differences in the licenses. The decal sheet is well
printed but since it has a white background, showing the white bits is
pretty much impossible for me.
Overall this is a pretty cool kit. One rarely sees
vehicles like this being done that are not modern and when one adds ICM's recent
fire fighters figure set, it will make for a very nice diorama.
Thanks to Squadron Products
for the preview kit. You can find this kit at your favorite hobby shop
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