The West German post-war MAN 630 5-ton truck, nicknamed ‘Emma’, was introduced in 1958. It was a sturdy and almost indestructible design, drawing on Wehrmacht experience during WW2. It was manufactured until 1972, with the military L2 variant being the most common. This was produced in two major chassis versions, the L2A, and the L2AE with single rear tyres. It was used by the Bundeswehr and the Belgian army.
A number of options are provided in this model set, which represents the L2AE in its with-winch configuration. Two basic versions 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, with two files covering the SLS open back and tilted versions.
Four SLS files are provided, with optimised and strengthened versions for both the open-back and covered trucks.
The disassembled versions for FDM printing comprises of the following parts:
- The main chassis, in both higher-accuracy and reinforced versions (two designs). This is common to all models.
- The wheels (front and 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 cargo area in open configuration. Care will need to be taken to remove supports from the top bars.
- The cargo area in covered (tilted) configuration. This is better printed vertically, but some sanding will be required to get round the limitations of the FDM printing process.
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.