Tuesday, November 23

Preview update: Test build - MiniArt's new Tempo 1/35th scale E400 Hochlader Pritsche 3-wheel Truck

Miniart has new photos of the build up of their latest kit, the Tempo E400 Hochlader Pritsche 3-wheel Truck. See how the pars fit together in construction to learn more about the kit in our preview... 

Preview update: Test build - MiniArt's new Tempo 1/35th scale  E400 Hochlader Pritsche 3-wheel Truck 

Tempo E400 Hochlader Pritsche 3-wheel Truck 
From MiniArt
Kit No #35325
1/35th scale
The kit contains four marking choices in the box.
Photo-etch & clear parts are included
The Subject: Tempo E400 Hochlader Pritsche 3-wheel Truck 
On September 25, 1928, the sales company Vidal & Sohn was established to distribute the three-wheelers of the brand Tempo in Hamburg. The name Tempo was attributable to the patented three-wheeler design of Gustav Ehlers. Although the cooperation of both parties ended quite quickly, Vidal & Sohn brought its own three-wheeled trucks on the market after a short space of time. The competition was enormous but it turned out that both Hamburger had the right sense for the needs of petty traders. After only two years, in November 1930, the completion of the 1000th Tempo three-wheeler was celebrated.

The Tempo "boy" is an early model of the truck. The “Boy” versions had somewhat smaller engines than the man versions; a 10 hp 244 cc motor in order to qualify its use by a Category IV driver’s license, which was immensely easier and cheaper to obtain.
In 1936 a new type, designated with the abbreviation E400, was introduced. The number 400 signified the rounded up capacity of exact 396 cc and the letter E stood for “Eisen” (German for Iron). In plain terms, the new letter gave information about the state of the car body. The former mixed construction of the driver’s cabin and the chassis out of plywood and steel made way for a complete construction out of steel. Besides the choice of materials also the tire size was amplified by 1 inch to 18 inches in total. 

The E400 restored in modern times
With his brothers – the E200 and E600 – the sales could be additionally pushed and Vidal & Sohn were pleased with full order books. The E 400, also known and available under the name "Athlet" at the dealers, was fitted with a water-cooled two-cycle engine, which was mounted on the steering. The engine had a performance of 12,5 hp, which was transferred through a 3-speed gearbox and a chain to the single front wheel.

A post world War II version of the E400
Although the E400 was very popular it could not reach the success of its small Brother; the E200. Totalled up 3,311 three-wheelers of the E400 were produced at the works in Hamburg during 1936 and 1938.

A 1938 Tempo E 400 by Tempowerk Vidal & Sohn
The kit from Miniart:
This new kit from Miniart has just added the CAD images to the test build in plastic form. First,  we have several features of the kit in 3-D CAD form to inform us of what to expect.

Two licence plate holder options for customization.
Two wheel cover choices and an alternate number plate position on the rear.
Both the doors and the bonnet can be opened
The highly detailed engine can be seen through a fine photo-etched grille
The sides of the tray can be posed up or down...
The whole structure of the underside of the vehicle is replicated faithfully on this model
The wooden carbo tray is moulded faithfully to the grainy texture
Build up process of the kit:
MiniArt has provided us with shots of the kit in the process of being built. The sequence shows us a lot more about the fit and how the kit goes together...

The construction of the doors and windows, the floor with the battery, accelerator and brake and steering wheel column, the front of the inside firewall of the truck and the fuel tank...
The rear axle, with wires added in copper, the rear back of the seat in the cab,The bottom of the same seat on the floor panel and an alternate view of the rear axle.
Those three wheels with hubcap and good tread detail, the front nose hood cover with photo etch for those fine grilles and number plate, lastly, the little engine that could...
The rear tray with sides up and photo-etch on the thinnest of parts to replicate the real thickness of the metal structures...
All of those parts placed together, ready for painting and final assembly, no doubt more to come!
The load of the "big rig", all this fits in the back of the truck!
That is all we know about this kit so far. See more about all of MiniArt's kits on their website...