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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Majorette Mercedes-Benz Zetros and trailer




One of the nicest things about Majorette is after all these years they still have their own hitch and tow sets.  Before the Greenlight line of the same name arrived Majorette had one of the most realistic trailer setups with vehicles that had the trailer hitch to carry them.  Majorette did not limit them to just passenger cars, they also do rescue and construction equipment as well.  This Mercedes-Benz Zetros is an example.




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The Zetros was introduced in 2008 as a heavy-duty truck that is capable for military duty while small enough to fit in cargo planes and rail cars.  Using parts and technology from the long-serving Unimog the Zetros is a 6x6 off-road truck that is capable of anything and yet has a few passenger car comforts.  The Zetros also has use in fire, police, and public service sectors, and its these three where you'll find the Zetros the most in the Majorette line.  The axles use the Unimog's floating axle design where CV joints extend from the axle to power the wheels giving great ground clearance and articulation.  The engine is a 7.2L turbodiesel I-6 that produces 322 horsepower and 798 Ib-ft of torque through either choice of manual or automatic transmissions.



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This orange Zetros is paired with a dump trailer in the rear.  The metal hitch attaches to a metal bumper and does not have a lock feature so the trailer can pop out of the hitch during movement.  The trailer has a metal base, two axles sharing the same truck tires as found on the Zetros (these would look perfect on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon!), and a plastic bed that has an opening rear tailgate.  The truck itself is actually a chassis cab with an empty back area to allow various bed configuration units.  Here it has a metal bed with Street Service on the sides, sitting above the dual rear axles for better weight transfer.  Between the cab and the bed is a hydraulic motor that controls the balance support arms (they do not function on this model) and a crane with a C-shape hand.  The hand is fixed though the arm is flexible and can rotate.  The arm folds nicely into the bed when not in use.  This is the type of arm used to pick up tree limbs on the side of the street and take them to be recycled.



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The top of the cab has two blue lights, a snorkel to wade water (odd for a city service truck), and the hood has a ribbed design.  You can see details of the air tanks and storage components just below the cab while a red caution stripe extends along the doors.  The front has a large black grille with three-pointed star with fenders that are lower with headlights.  The bumper has more lamps and has lots of clearance for off-road work.  The interior has seating for three with a 4-spoke steering wheel and a dashboard that has all controls angled toward the driver.  Majorette has gotten a lot of use out of this casting in various outfits and this service crane truck with bed trailer is a nice and realistic touch to the hitch and tow line.




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