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Italeri Mercedes 3000 L Conversion to "Werkstattkraftwagen"

Because I always wanted to do a German truck and am working on a nice diorama anyway, it all came at the right moment. I did not want to make the standard version of the model, however, but an adapted one so that I can be a little proud of myself again. Now for this type of job they used Krupp Protzes in the German Army, but I wanted something completely different. A closed truck that was used for small repairs but could be deployed in bomb disposal service at the same time.

I buy books from people at the Twenot site often and in one of the books I recently bought was a nice model with drawings and measurements. So I was off to the hobby shop and bought the truck and two thicknesses of styrene sheet.

Back home I of course cleaned the sprues in luke-warm soapy water and let them air-dry. While this was drying, I studied the instructions and looking at the parts it should not really present any problems. Not too much flash, no, just a nice model for a decent price.

Now it was time to start building. As always I started with item #1, assembling the interior of the cabin, consisting of 5 parts. First a dry fit and then to work with knife and glue. This is where the first modification was made, because I thought the seats looked too neat, so I took my Dremel out and treated the back and bottom of the seats to make them look worn.

After that I covered the seat with some toilet paper to get a better appearance. The seat was painted brown, washed and drybrushed, and then it was done. The rest of the interior didn’t need any work, except some paintwork.

Copyright ©2002 - Text and Model Photos by Eric Sikkema. Line Drawings Copyright Verlinden Productions (used with permission). All Rights Reserved.

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About H.L.Sikkema (demodelbouwer)

hello i'm eric and i live in the Netherlands. I'm married with ilona and have three daugters. for the last year i am a very active modeller. Before that the hobby was only a time distraction. I'm a modeller for over 35 years now and i like to share my knowledge with others in any way i can.


Jeff, At first thanks for your kind words. As for what the Bridge dio concerns.... First i have to finish another figure ( 1:16 ) . A Ranger ( captain ) from Alpha Images. Second i have to write another Feature for this site. What ? That remains a secret... Then i have to buy at the next Twenot contest some things i need for the bridge dio. A P.E. set for the tank a i want to build and a P.E. set for the two motor cycles. And i have to brainstorm on how i gonna create the water for underneath the bridge. So that are the things that has to be done first. But no worry the bridge will be finished. As soon as al the things tht i described are done i'll continue building on the bridge dio. That will be around oktober 6th. Then i hope to finish the compleet bridge around november. After that i will be continueiing building at my bunker. Most of the itmes i need for the bunker are at hand exept for some detailed information but there are some friends who will visit the sight this month and will take some detailed pictures for me. So bear with me these next few months.. Cheers Eric
SEP 01, 2002 - 09:02 PM
For those who are interested... JIm will soon publish the Dutch Version of this article. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Voor hen die het intersant vinden : Ik heb de Nederlandse versie opgestuurd naar Jim. HIj zou deze zo spoedig mogelijk op de site posten. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tot zover de laatste informatie omtrendt dit artikel. Eric
SEP 06, 2002 - 03:48 PM
Great work on this conversion!!! Unfortunately the Italeri kit comes with wrong rims... The Opel rims never fit the Mercedes L 3000.... Mercedes built in rims with equal diameter and with the same type of tyres, but the rims had 2 or 8 holes... The right wheels are produced by MR-Modellbau/Germany. Nevertheless you've done a great job!
SEP 18, 2002 - 05:23 PM
Ingo , To " answer " your Question.. This is NOT an Opel model by Italerie... It is a Mercedes..... And the wheel problem i know to me . It was discussed on the Twenot site earlier. But thanks for the reminder !!!! Eric
SEP 26, 2002 - 03:18 AM
It was not my intention to laugh at you or at your work.... I know that this is the L3000 kit (with all its faults...). The Wheels and many other parts were taken over from the Blitz kit and this is a shame! How I should know that the wrong rims were discussed earlier? I'm a big fan of german lorries myself and therefore I've collected some knowledge about them. I only wanted to help cause it's too bad about all the fantastic scratch building you've done. If comments are'nt wanted in this group I'll watch, wonder an keep silent next time...
SEP 26, 2002 - 11:47 PM
ingo, Knowing Eric these past months I think you can take his waving smiley guy at err..."face" value and believe he was not upset by your remarks. Sometimes this mode of communication is difficult as you can either read too much into something... or not. Welcome to the site and I hope you post more! Cheers, Jim
SEP 27, 2002 - 12:05 AM
Ingo, It was not my intention to offend you . But i did not know that Italerie just took over the rims from the opel version . So in this case thanks for the information . The next time i will build a Mercedes of this type i will add te correct wheel instead !!!!!!!! Another lorry is waiting to be build already ( The Opel radio wagon with interieur ) I will try to find the proper information for this truck.... again sorry that i offend you it was not intended .. Eric
SEP 27, 2002 - 12:06 AM
:-) So what information do you looking for? Maybe I could find something useful in my archives...
SEP 27, 2002 - 01:38 AM
Thanks for the tip on using toilet paper on the seat, this solves a problem I have with some canvas that just didn't look real at all. Keep up the good stuff! - Well written and great photos.
NOV 11, 2002 - 12:15 AM
Spider, Thanks for your comment . And now you see that you can add nice details with a minor off goodies ... In a very cheap way... keep on modelling Eric
NOV 11, 2002 - 03:04 AM