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Monday, May 25, 2015

Jada 1:24 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6



There are times that every once in a while an oddball of gigantic proportions appears.  At the beginning of the century one of them was the Ford F-650 Super Crewzer (I have one I’ll profile sometime later).  The G63 is another one of those large oddball, and also a movie star for the new “Jurassic World” film.


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The whole concept behind this was, in truth, excess military parts that M-B had lying around, so they took a M-B G63 AMG and modified it with the given hardware.  The G-wagen (don’t ask me to spell the name) was introduced in 1979 as a military vehicle for Eastern Europe countries.  No one would ever predicted the longetivity of the G-wagen, nor the hype as a status symbol for the rich, but here we are talking about an AMG version.  Now a 6x6 AMG pickup!





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This 1:24 may not seem as large, but it is aggressive (Jada also offers a normal 4x4 G-wagen).  The front has the G63 look with round headlights with integrated LED’s, LED running lights below, signal lights on the front fenders, center grille with three-point star, and a revised lower bumper with larger scoops.  The only quibble I have is the headlight lens tab is not centered in the headlight frame, looking a bit odd from some angles.  The rear has the badges and taillights of the G63, with only a tubular bumper bar below and 6x6 badge to tell the dirty secrets.




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Of course, if you haven’t seen the rest of the vehicle you’d know already something’s different about this truck!  The sides from the C-pillar forward is G-wagen with black trim and detailed door panel stamps, front fender vents, and body-colored (and flexible) mirrors.  Then the running boards are flanked by large flared fenders to house the large wheels, roof-mounted LED light shade, dual-tipped side exhausts in which I added silver detail to enhance them further, and a pickup bed to make up for the length.  The bed, while narrow, has enough room to accept a typical 1:64 car, with lots of thanks to the chrome rollbar not intruding the inner bed.  As usual, pull up the tailgate to swing down.  I was skeptical of the beige color choice over the silver, but now I’m starting to like it, and thankfully only the Jurassic World door badges are the only movie promotional piece, leaving the rest of the truck to be stock-looking.


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The interior is typical G63 with seating for five, though the actual truck seats four.  The interior looks drabby in black, the door panels lack much detailing and the dashboard is flat (due to its military heritage).  The front dash, however, has been revised to the point it looks like a typical M-B interior, including the 4-spoke steering wheel, detailed gauges, separate nav screen in the center and a plethora of buttons below.  The center console houses the transmission shifter and a few other buttons.  Barely visible, but notable is the three buttons between the center air vents for the locking differentials, and not shown above the rearview mirror is the controls for the central tire inflator/deflator.



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Open the hood to show off the same engine that was found in the Welly M-B SL500 that I reviewed a while ago: a 5.5L DOHC Bi-Turbo V8 that has the twin turbo’s mounted in the V of the engine, produces 536 hp. And 561 Ib-ft. of torque through a 7-speed automatic.  I was expecting a diesel for a vehicle this size, but the power is just enough and produces incredible sound as well.  As usual the engine bay is just all-black, but I added details to the Turbo housing and compressed hot air tubes at the front with a silver Sharpie to enhance the look.  The base does not show much aside from the solid three axles and side exhausts, but the leaf springs used are incorrect as the real truck uses Unimog live axles attached to the frame and using U-joints to connect to the wheels.  The shocks are also designed to adjust for varying degree of dampness, while the locking differentials work as shown: The central axle is automatically locked for the rear tandem axle to rotate, so one button locks the rear tandem axle.  The second locks the center differential in the transfer case, while the third one locks the front differential.  One advantage the 6x6 has over the 4x4 is the fact that it can run at higher speeds with all three axles locked!  To aide in turning the rear wheels also rotate opposite at low speeds and the same as the front at higher speeds.  The large, tredded tires are mounted on bead-lock wheels, blacked-out with red trim.  Oh, and this casting can go anywhere.  It’s unstoppable!!! (thanks to two switchable fuel tanks).


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IF you don’t want a 1:24, Jada will also produce one in 1:32, and providing you fork over enough dough Spark will offer a 1:43 one minus the Jurassic World logo’s in silver.  Either way, I recommend getting this one because this will likely be the only (and possibly last) time that you’ll ever see a monstrosity like this!

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