|KIT:||Italeri 1/24 Mercedes Benz 230G Paris-Dakar|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
From the instructions: "In 1979, the Stuttgart based company began producing a completely new range of models,, off-road vehicles that were the result of a partnership between Daimler-Benz and the Austrian Steyr Puch. This, then, was the Series 'G' cars capable of providing excellent off-road performance while retaining the cruising comfort for which Mercedes-Benz is renowned.
An immediate success, the series 'G' was to pave the way for further success by Mercedes in this sector. The 230G was originally equipped with a straight four cylinder engine of 2308cc and 90 hp. More powerful engine versions were later developed. One such model, specially adapted for the occasion, won the 1982 edition of the famous Paris-Dakar race with Jackie Ickx, and C. Brasseur trouncing a group of seasoned competitors after a long, hard fought race.
Since this is the winner of a 1982 race, I'll have to assume that this isn't a new kit. In fact, it seems that if one wanted to, a standard, non-racing version could be built as the instructions have blacked out the additional clear bits and the back seats.
The overall molding is very good with only a teeny bit of flash found in a few places. The additional long range fuel tank does have some rather large sink areas and these can be found on a few other bits. Though this is a curbside, it has a complete chassis with four wheel drive suspension and all the various shafts and links to fit under the floor pan. It also includes a few racing additions like the long range fuel tank, large, off road tires, a roll cage, a skid plate and a piece of plastic mesh to put over the grille's protective crash bar. There inside door inserts and a selection of instrument decals for the instrument panel. Most of the side windows are replaced by solid plastic inserts and additional driving lights are included. Both the clear bits and the body are in their own plastic bag to keep them from being scratched by the other loose sprues in what is a rather large box.
Instructions are the usual excellent ones we have come to expect from Italeri with ModelMaster and generic color references. This vehicle is basically white with some black trim. The large and very well printed decal sheet will take care of any of the color needs of the kit. I saw no registration problems with it and I have generally had good results from using Italeri kit decals. I see no reason why this one should not work just as well. I would suggest using a somewhat strong setting solution just to be sure that it will conform over all the hills and valleys of the body.
Though not everyone's cup of tea, this is a bonafide racing car and if you are an eclectic car modeler, this one deserves to be on your self.
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