When you amass a really big collection of scale model cars, it's natural to think about creative ways to display them, and Mercedes-Benz now offers an awesome option with the 1:18 Actros GigaSpace vehicle transporter. This truck would make the perfect centerpiece for your display, especially by measuring a massive 96.5 centimetres and weighing a hefty 10 kilograms.
This is the first time that Mercedes is offering a diecast semi-truck and trailer model together in the 1:18 scale, after previously making them in the 1:50 size. It took ten months for the company to come up with the design in partnership with modelmaking firm NZG. There are over 500 components comprising the machine.
The larger proportions let the company render the even tiny details like the controls for the trailer. The cab tips forward to check out the engine, and the doors open for a view inside the cabin. It can carry as many as six vehicles, offering a great way to display part of your collection.
Buyers can get the Actros in a black cab and the car transporter for 629.90 euros (£550 at the current exchange rate). Alternatively, the silver Actros Edition 1 semi is available without the trailer for 259.90 euros (£227). If you just want the trailer without the truck for some reason, it goes for 399.90 euros (£350).
Mercedes knows that collectors might want some new 1:18 models to match their Actros, and the company has a few recently launched offerings. The GLE-Class is available in iridium silver or brilliant blue for 89.90 euros (£78). An A-Class in designo mountain grey magno or digital white is 79.90 euros (£70). The X-Class comes in bering white or kabara black for 89.90 euros (£78). The V-Class van in cavansite blue or mountain crystal white costs 99.90 euros (£87). A Mercedes-AMG GT63 Coupe in designo graphite grey magno is 109.90 euros (£96), and the E63 S in designo night black magno goes for 119.90 euros (£105).
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Actros scale model
Mercedes-Benz model cars: new Actros tractor with semitrailer
A giant in small form: the first ever car transporter in 1:18 scale
Stuttgart. This is a sight which will get all model car and truck fans' hearts beating a little bit faster: Mercedes-Benz presents the first ever car transporter in 1:18 scale. The transporter is a combination of the new model series of the legendary Actros GigaSpace tractor unit and a fitting semitrailer capable of transporting up to six model cars of 1:18 scale. A perfect composition right down to the finest details, the car transporter measures 113 cm in length and weighs 10 kg!
The predominant standard format with respect to commercial model vehicles was previously 1:50. Mercedes-Benz has collaborated with renowned model vehicle manufacturer NZG to create their first tractor unit and semitrailer combination in the 1:18 scale. This opens up entirely new horizons for commercial vehicle models. Even the tiniest of details inside and outside the Actros are clearly recognisable. And then there's the 96.5 cm long car transporter body which is equally feature-rich as the original trailer. The car transporter can be loaded up with as many as seven Mercedes-Benz model cars from the broad 1:18 scale portfolio of Mercedes and smart vehicles.
With the development of this scale model in commercial vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has moved into unfamiliar territory. Ten months of development were necessary to get the 22.5 cm wide, 13.7 cm high semitrailer into shape. It is made of more than 500 individual components, of which 167 zinc, 80 plastic and 32 etched parts held together with 225 screws, pins and tools. The vehicle platforms and the loading ramps for the upper and lower levels are made of high-quality metal and also feature the characteristic hole-structure of the original. All components of the original vehicle which can be moved, can also be used accordingly on the scale model. Protected by movable flaps, even the operating levers for the ramps and on the central axle are true-to-detail.
The Actros tractor unit existed in 1:18 scale as a "Hannover IAA 2018" special model, called Edition 1. It has now been further-developed and the colour combination in silver/black is adopted to match the appearance of the new Actros facelift. The new Actros can be recognized immediately by its unique characteristic MirrorCams. This aerodynamically optimized camera mirror system replaces the large side mirrors that are commonly known from large commercial vehicles. 59 zinc, 225 plastic and 10 etched components. 154 screws, pins and tools are installed on the Actros model vehicle which helps it remain true to the original CAD plans. Especially impressive is the tippable cab of the Actros tractor which allows for the engine to be closely inspected. The driver and co-driver's doors, as well as service flap, can all be opened. Each and every little detail from the original vehicle can be found in the scaled-down variant – including the warning notices that some grids cannot be used as a step. A particular highlight is Mercedes stars in the radiator grille and the interior, both of which light up individually. The cab itself is true to the original and features a high-quality equipment level, not to mention digital displays for Mirror Cam which even display a realistic view to the rear.
And to ensure your Actros car transporter has an ample load, there's an array of different Mercedes-Benz models also available in 1:18 scale: the new Mercedes-Benz GLE in iridium silver or brilliant blue, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in designo mountain grey magno or digital white, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4MATIC in designo graphite grey magno or brilliant blue, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Bering white or Kabara black, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class in cavansite blue or mountain crystal white, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC in designo night black magno, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class in emerald green or designo platinum magno, the Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 (W 116) in Milan brown, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (Pagoda W 113) in horizon blue, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in black and the Mercedes-Benz 300 (W 186) in tobacco brown. Just to name a few.
The Actros tractor unit and semitrailer car transporter are available together in a complete set as well as individually. With the help of a conversion set, the semitrailer can even fit to the older Actros model. The afore-mentioned models and that of the Actros car transporter are immediately available from Mercedes-Benz partners or online at http://shop.mercedes-benz.com.
Model vehicles shown in 1:18 scale:
Mercedes-Benz Actros car transporter: B6 600 4173, black/silver, RRP € 629.90
Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1 tractor unit: B6 600 4172, silver/black, RRP € 259.90
Mercedes-Benz Actros semitrailer (rigid, can be used on all Actros 1:18 scale models), B6 600 4174, black/silver, RRP € 399.90
Mercedes-Benz GLE: B6 696 0554, brilliant blue, RRP € 89.90
Mercedes-Benz A-Class: B6 696 0429, digital white, RRP € 79.90
Mercedes-Benz CLS: B6 696 0546, graphite grey, RRP € 79.90
Mercedes-Benz X-Class: B6 600 6628, Bering white, RRP € 89.90
Mercedes-Benz V-Class: B6 600 4155, cavansite blue, RRP € 99.90
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ 4-door Coupé: B6 696 0460, designo graphite grey magno, RRP € 109.90
Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+: B6 6963111, designo night black magno, RRP € 119.90