Germany 1/35 conversion
MAN 6 x 6 Truck with LARS
by Ian Diaz Whittleston
MAN Diesel 6 x 6
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Information on this vehicle has been difficult to find, however I
will provide an extract from Ian Hogg’s Twentieth Century Artillery.
“This system entered service with the German army in 1970, but
has now been almost entirely phased out and the equipments have been
given to Greece, Portugal and Turkey, where they will doubtless
serve for several more years. The rocket has a solid fuel motor, and
the standard warhead is a high explosive fragmentation type with
pre-formed fragments. There are also training and smoke warheads,
and a cargo warhead which carries eight anti-tank mines and releases
them over the target area. The launcher is an 18 barrel unit carried
on the back of a standard MAN 6x6 military truck” (Hogg 2000,
This model is a conversion of the Revell-Germany MAN 6 x 6 army truck
kit in 1/35 scale.
The kit itself is nicely detailed and molded in a somewhat brittle,
forest green styrene. The clear parts for the windows are not worth
keeping, they are far too thick. There was little noticeable flash on
For the price, it builds into a large model, about the size of
Tamiya’s FAMO half-track but for a fraction of the cost.
The truck was assembled per kit instructions, minus the tray and soft
cover which is provided. The tires provided with the kit are molded from
vinyl rubber and are prone to cracking, and unfortunately I encountered
almost every possible problem which can be brought about by these tires
after assembly (in full accordance with Murphy’s law).
I understand that one can also get tires for the MAN diesel series by
Revell cast in resin from an aftermarket company. This might have been a
worthwhile investment as the vinyl tires are a real deathtrap.
The windows were replaced with transparent sheet styrene of a very thin
gauge, however due to the wonderfully oppressive Queensland summer heat,
and having cut the windows to fit too snugly, some of them have warped,
which can be seen in the photographs. From this experience, I would like
to suggest to any modelers who wish to replace kit windows with really
thin sheet styrene to cut the windows so they do not fit too tightly in
The LARS (Light Artillery Rocket System) is scratchbuilt from Evergreen
styrene sheets and aluminium tubing, with reference to a very small
illustration in Hogg’s book, and a handful more from the net. Most of
the detail has been improvised due to the nature of the reference that I
Weathering and Decals
The model was painted in a mix of Tamiya acrylics, Desert Sand and
Flat White mixed together. The markings are completely fictitious, as I
(in my infinite wisdom) lost the decal sheet for this kit. The markings
are from leftovers of various modern armour kits and are not meant to
depict any particular unit.
Weathering was achieved with watercolour washes and ground chalk pastels
applied with various sized brushes, and sealed with Testor’s Dullcote.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this build of this fantastically bizarre
truck. It has been a good test of my patience and skills (making fenders
from folding and gluing styrene sheets is a good way to lose your sanity
for a week, I guarantee it!).
It is by no means a magnum opus of plastic modeling but I am happy
with it, and it looks imposing (and large) together with other 1/35
Hogg, I. 2000, Twentieth-Century Artillery, 300 of the worlds
greatest artillery pieces, Brown Books, London.
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2005 by Ian Diaz Whittleston
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