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MENG's three 1/35 Technicals
Trisaw
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 04:35 AM UTC
I am looking to buy one of them and would like some reviews and comments on each...the HiLux with the ZPU, the SOF HiLux, and the Land Rover.

How does each one rate and what features do they include (only the Land Rover has open doors, correct?). Which is the better of the three? Would I need resin tires or PE, or are they all decent OOTB? Are figures included in any of them?

Any rumors of any new upcoming MENG technicals?

Thanks in advance.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 04:47 AM UTC
They all are pretty nice. The Land Rover is better in overall detail and parts breakdown than the Toyota truck. The original Toyota truck is built like a model car with no opening doors and a basic interior tub. Meng took modelers' feedback on it and improved the Land Cruiser to be more of what armor modelers wanted with opening doors, more detailed interior, etc. The wheels on the Toyota truck are more street tires. I have a set of DEF Model wheels to replace them that are more narrow and more off-road tires. There is also a grill replacement for the Toyota in resin that is nice with the Toyota emblem on it. I reviewed it here. They all come with a small PE fret. I don't think they need any more.
grimmo
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 06:55 AM UTC
what land rover do meng make? never seen it
DerGeist
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 07:53 AM UTC

Quoted Text

what land rover do meng make? never seen it



I think he's referring to the other truck, a Chinese model IIRC.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 09:12 AM UTC
Whoops, I meant Meng's Land Cruiser, not Land Rover.





VANDY1VX4
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 09:15 AM UTC

Quoted Text

what land rover do meng make? never seen it



Land Cruiser is what was meant I think
http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/mngvs004.htm
http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/mngvs005.htm

See above Posted at same time LOL
grimmo
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2015 - 06:15 PM UTC
damn! I was getting excited. a new land rover wouldn't go astray!
Trisaw
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Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 09:06 AM UTC
Thanks for the info.

What are the dimensions of the pickups? I read somewhere that being 1/35 scale, they were pretty small. Are they smaller than the size of a computer mouse?
jphillips
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Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 09:50 AM UTC
Trisaw
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Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 11:20 PM UTC
Thanks for the photo! That helps a lot!
35th-scale
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Posted: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 02:26 AM UTC
I have to say they are great little kits. While the pickups are a bit basic the weapons are very detailed!
Trisaw
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Posted: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 05:55 AM UTC
Does the Land Cruiser come with any figures, and if so, are they for the gun or cab?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 08:08 AM UTC
No figures with the Land Cruiser kits. There are a few resin figures designed to fit in the cab and in the back though.

Black Army Models has a few.

Arab Fighter


Modern Driver


Modern African Guerrilla


Djiti's Production also does a driver


GarethM
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Posted: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 10:01 AM UTC
No option of having the windows rolled down on the hilux either, but that shouldn't stop you from cutting away the windows on one side and replacing the rear window with plastic sheeting.

http://i.imgur.com/0zkWCP2.jpg
Trisaw
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Posted: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 11:08 PM UTC
Thanks again for the info.