Saturday, February 2

Meng makes the earth move to "pick-up" a trio of new releases from the Toy Fair..

MENG Models really are making modes aren’t they? Faster than most of us complete kits they are churning out more for your modelling queue. Now with the latest of their releases from the Toyfair at Nuremburg and some award winners we have some info for you..

MENG Models New Products Released At Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg 2013
The Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair at Nürnberg  was held over the last weekend  - and MENG models were lucky enough to win a few awards – the TS-002 British A39 Tortoise Heavy Assault Tank and DS-003 F102(case X) won the award from Model Fan. You can see their stand in some of their pictures from the event
At the fair MENG announced three new products in production- the: SS-002 D9R “DOOBI” Armoured Bulldozer; VS-003 Russian Armoured High-Mobility Vehicle GAZ-233014 STS “Tiger”; VS-004 PICKUP w/ZU-23-2. Let’s have a look at what MENG can tell us about each of these releases…

Russian Armoured High-Mobility Vehicle GAZ-233014 STS “Tiger”
GAZ-233014 is the military variant of GAZ-2330 “Tiger” high-mobility vehicles which resemble the design of U.S. "Humvee” and are therefore called the “Russian Humvee”. The Russian army adopted the vehicle into service in 2007. The “Tiger” has outstanding mobility and its average cross-country speed can be as high as 120-140km/h. It accommodates 6 people including the driver, co-driver as well as 4 special force soldiers. There is a rotatable hatch on top of the roof. A“AGS-17” 30mm automatic grenade launcher and a “Pecheneg” 7.62mm machine gun can be installed on sides of the hatch for two members to operate at the same time. Meanwhile, there are a large number of rounds of ammunition and RPG anti-tank rocket launchers stored in the cabin.
1/35 scale plastic model kit of Russian armoured high-mobility vehicle GAZ-233014 STS “Tiger” is 165mm in total length and 66mm in width. Uniquely Russian style vehicle shape is accurately reproduced; cabin interiors are included; doors can be built to be open or closed; turntable on the roof is rotatable; camouflage covers on internal cabin walls are reproduced with fine decals; two painting schemes are provided.

PICKUP w/ZU-23-2
Pick up is a light motor vehicle with an open-top rear cargo area which has been widely used in various fields. Its advantages also find wide application in the military field. ZU-23-2 is a light anti-aircraft gun developed by former Soviet Union. Because of features like light weight, easy operation and low cost, it is widely used, especially by armed forces in hot spots in Africa and Asia.
1/35 scale plastic model kits of Pickup w/ZU-23-2, with a total length of 140mm and width of 57mm. Shape of the pickup is precisely reproduced; doors can be built either open or closed. Complex construction of the anti-aircraft gun ZU-23-2 is accurately modelled with three available firing positions; it can be built in firing position or to be towed. Fine PE parts are provided; two painting schemes are provided for the pickup.

D9R “DOOBI” Armored Bulldozer
D9R bulldozer with powerful operational capability is one of the best bulldozers in the world. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) added heavy armour on it and used it to remove barricades, clear landmines, build temporary routes and demolish all kinds of buildings of enemy and they also nicknamed it “DOOBI”. In order to carry out combat actions in Iraq cities and towns in a better way, U.S. Army imported the D9R from Israel and it was well received by soldiers because of its strong combat performance. D9R armoured bulldozer has strong protection which can even defend against RPG projectiles. There is one 7.62mm light machine gun mounted on the top of the cab for self-defence. It has been proved to be a very effective equipment for assaulting fortifications in actual combat.
1/35 scale plastic model kit of D9R armoured bulldozer, with a total length of 247mm and width of 126mm. Mechanical beauty of the real vehicle is realistically represented and the huge body structure is precisely and accurately modelled; realistic dozer blade and scarifier are movable; this kit contains precise cab interiors; door and window can be built open or closed; realistic and workable track links are included; U.S. Army and IDF painting schemes are provided.

We will give you more information as soon as it arrives – till then keep an eye on MENG’s website or just check back here for all of your updates..