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Hitchin a Ride
Hitchin a Ride, U.S. Paratroopers and Civilians with Mercedes-Benz 170 VK (W136K)
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by: Bob Davis [ DIOMAN13 ]

Introduction

This is the Master Box kit of 2 U.S. paratroopers with a civilian family driving a German staff car for a picnic. The standard end opening box with a color artist rendition on the front and figure build with painting guide on the back.

Contents

This box is really stuffed to the point of bulging. Inside are 2 plastic bags containing the figures in one and the German staff car in the other. The rubber tires, clear parts and decals are in a separate plastic bag to safe guard them. Also there is a 12 page instruction booklet with 39 building steps. The staff car consist of some 240 parts on 4 gray sprues, of which 21 parts are not used. The figures are on 1 sprue by themselves. No flash was present and an unused bumper was broken. The right fender by the rear bottom was damaged .It looks as if a pin was pushed through it. A very easy fix but for my purpose I will leave it, manufactured battle damage.

Review

The figures represented are 2 U.S. paratroopers standing one an officer who is holding a map pointing to a spot in question. The other is standing guard with a 45 Thompson in his right hand resting on his hip. Typical breakdown of a head, torso, 2 arms and 2 legs compose each one. They wear the paratrooper uniforms, re-enforced trousers, jump boots and field jacket. The combat gear for the officer is a web belt which has a holstered 45, ammo pouch, a canteen, a helmet and what looks like a bandage pouch. He is holding a foldable map case but no map is provided. The trooper standing guard is equipped with 45 cal. Thompson sub M.G. and ammo pouch for it. Also a canteen, bayonet, helmet and what looks like a 45 ammo pouch and a small square pouch which I have no idea what it is for. It seems to me that figures are under equipped for anything but a check point. You will have to hit up your spare parts bin to fill them out. Creases are pretty well defined, straps, buckles and buttons are noticeable. There are slightly raised patches for the guarding figure indicating the rank of Sgt and airborne patches.

The civilians; the man comes in the 6 usual parts plus a nicely rendered slouched hat. A nice moustache adorns his face He is clothed in trousers and shoes and a long sleeved shirt with the arms rolled up and a sleeveless button up sweater over it. He is standing and pointing to a place on the map. The woman comes in 6 parts also. She is dressed in a long skirt with what looks like a blouse with its sleeves rolled up, folded collar and buttons down the front. Some kind of hosiery and shoes complete her dress. She is sitting with a picnic basket on her lap and is reaching for a child. The child is in an excited stance and seems to be taking off across the back seat to see the soldiers. He comes in 5 parts which are very nicely done He actually looks like a child and not a 1/48th scale figure. He is dressed in shorts and a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. braces hold up his shorts and knee high socks rolled at the top while he has on shoes also.

The staff car is the Wehrmacts Ausfuhrung 170 VK. This is the main part of this kit and looks like it will build into a jewel of a vehicle. With all the parts which include things like the window crank and interior door handles, foot pedals, complete engine and chassis ect. There are 6 variants of assembly to display this staff car. It is a small vehicle and measures out at about 4 inches long.
SUMMARY
Highs: A nice little staff car with lots of small parts to make the detail pop right out.
Lows: The many small parts may be prone to tweezer launch. Not complicated but dauting with over 200 parts for such a small vehical.
Verdict: A nice looking kit but it feels as if the paratroopers were added as an after thought.
Percentage Rating
75%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: MB35161
  PUBLISHED: Jun 03, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.09%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.05%

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About Bob Davis (dioman13)
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Comments

Biggles2, You have great insight. Ironically that is the other set I've been working on. Right off I couldn't figure out the telephone booth. Did consider how people were treated in Holland at that time and thought it strange he could walk around with a gun. Now I'll have to relook at how all these figures are used. MB should maybe start doing a little more research. Tom
JUN 18, 2015 - 02:32 AM
After all the reasoning from you guys, I have decided to scrap the MB versions of these sets. The car will be repainted black and used with their French resistance set. The figures will finish up my Honeymoon Dio. The British paras will probably be used added to the car. The MB box art is always totally different to the instructions.That seems to be their big downfall.The find the part instructions I can live with. Bob.Are you still attempting this. Tom
JUN 21, 2015 - 01:59 AM
Here's how it ended up. Going to add rifles to the interior. Tom  photo xxx 012_zpsmec1qcmm.jpg  photo xxx 010_zpsptomijbi.jpg
JUL 23, 2015 - 02:39 AM
Looks like all the stuff is useful in other scenerios but not the one on the box top. Others have pointed out some of the issues with the history aspect but the glaring error to me is the title of"1945" while the paras are depicted wearing the jump suits used in Normandy. I can be fairly certain few,if any guys were still wearing these in 1945 after being pulled out of the line at least twice for rebuilding,etc. J
JUL 23, 2015 - 06:27 PM
Quite right Jerry. I'm using their French Resistance set with the car. The family went to my "Honeymoon"dio and the para's are put aside for something in the future. Tom
JUL 23, 2015 - 08:11 PM
Yea, I'm still trying to work this one out. A few parts I have to redo in copper sheet as the originals broke, too thin.+ Though the paratroopers are in jump dress and titled 1945, it could still be used as late 44. Many German vehicals were painted yellow as the pigment supply became hard to keep up with. As to the civilians, they could be driving an abandoned car also. Not a smart move during the times but, there are many pic's of German abandoned equipment being used by civilians and underground troops. So basicly, if you use this kit it is probably better off being parceled out. I was going to use the civilians if a horse drawn cart while the troops are still asking for directions. The car was going to be used as a backdrop for another set of figures. One thing I will say about the staff car is that is over enginered with parts that will most likely never be seen again. A lot of work to get it together.
JUL 27, 2015 - 10:15 PM
Pretty sure that: after deployment in Normandy, paras were pulled back to Britain for R&R, and retraining and re-issuing of equipment. By Market-Garden (September) they should all have been wearing the new issue jump uniform.
JUL 29, 2015 - 07:31 PM
There are pictures of guys from the 504th PIR in and around Nijmegen with the M42 jump suit, including one with Ross Carter who wrote Those Devils In Baggy Pants. So Holland would be the latest you could get away with for the figures.
JUL 29, 2015 - 09:02 PM
Though already discussed in an earlier review of this set, the type of phone box never made it into The Netherlands. But also timely there is an discussion: the southern part of The Netherlands were liberated in the autumn of 1944, but Al sorts of (temporary) ruling made hunting impossible. Which is logical in a front zone area! (Sourced by asking a hunter who lived in that time in that area,) The rest of The Netherlands was liberated in spring 1945, not exactly the hunting season. Therefore, the depicted scene can only be declarated as being in the UK, I guess.
JUL 29, 2015 - 09:20 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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