The West German post-war MAN 630 5-ton truck, nicknamed ‘Emma’, was introduced in 1958. A cargo variant is already available (L2AE version), and is now complemented by a shelter body variant of the dual rear wheel version (L2A). Such trucks were used for man purposes, ranging from specialist bodies (e.g. radio trucks) to command and administration duties.
A number of options are provided in this model set, which represents the L2A in its basic (no winch) configuration. Two designs are provided, a first for integrated printing using an SLS resin printer, and a second, disassembled version for FDM printers. These are made available in separate zip files.
Two SLS files are provided, with optimised and strengthened versions of the chassis for this shelter body truck.
The disassembled versions for FDM printing comprises of the following parts:
- The main chassis, in both higher-accuracy and reinforced versions (two designs). This chassis can also be used as the basis for a cargo variant, using the cargo body from the L2AE design.
- The wheels (front and dual rear). These can be printed simultaneously, but removal of supports in the central area that interfaces with the chassis axles can be tricky. The alternative is to print with no supports, but this may need to be done one wheel at a time.
- The cab, in two variants. The first is designed for printing vertically, the second with a separate roof for horizontal printing. Neither is ideal, but this is a limitation of the FDM printing process. The wing mirrors are fully supported, but may well break during removal of supports. The mirrors can be replaced using super glue or rapid-setting epoxy.
- The shelter body with under body storage. This can become the basis for many more variants with some experience.
The product is offered for personal, non-commercial use under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).
The model files were generated on Microsoft 3DBuilder, and run through ideaMaker to reduce or eliminate the number of non-manifold or wrongly oriented faces before posting. The designs have been optimised for 1:100 scale (or larger) printing, but are unlikely to work well at smaller scales e.g. N-gauge, and almost certainly will not print properly at 1:200 scale.