By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All photographs are by the Author, except where otherwise acknowledged.
Here is a selection of models from releases made by Herpa between January and May 2017. All are to 1:87 scale except where otherwise stated.
The Porsche 911 miniatures announced in 2016 have now arrived on the general market. The three 911 models shown below are also sold in Porsche shops which perhaps explains why the quality and finish is first class. These are all to 1:43 scale.
071024/071031 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 991 II
The Cabriolet is modelled open with the body painted a choice of racing yellow or deep metallic black. The accurate body shape is complemented by the fault free paint. The Porsche emblem on the bonnet is a small insert as are many other details.
Lettering below the engine cover are exact replicas of the real car and are printed in silver. The Interior has a detailed dashboard and steering wheel, as well as a well moulded centre console, seats and door cards. All in all this gives an excellent impression of the real car. The 5 star alloy wheels are well moulded and reveal the excellent brake discs and calipers. A fairly detailed baseplate is fitted and the exhaust system is executed well and includes the two chromed end pipes.
070980/070997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet 991 II
The Cabriolet in “S” version has a more powerful engine. This is also modelled open. This time in a white or metallic sapphire blue. The general level of finish is the same as the black and yellow Carrera models seen above. Note that the exhaust system is different on this model replicating the differences to be seen on the real cars.
071048/071055 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Here the body in available in white or metallic rhodium silver. The body is true to the prototype shape and immaculately painted. Many small separate parts are used for lights and other features. The interior is in a brownish red shade. Dashboard, steering wheel and centre console are excellent replicas of the original car as are the seats.
At the rear end, the four exhaust pipes of the 4S show the correct features unique to this version of the Carrera. Again lovely replica alloy wheels reveal the neatly modelled brake discs and calipers.
1:87 scale models
745475 Ford FK 3000 Cologne lorry with flatbed and canvas cover “German Army”
The Cologne was produced by Ford between 1951 and 1955. The newly founded West-German Bundeswehr (Army) ordered a batch of them as basic transport. The accurately shaped miniature is not painted in the correct shade of matt olive green for the Bundeswehr, the accurate colour would be more of a Silk matt olive.
092760 Volkswagen T6 with trailer, loaded with Vespa motorscooter
For short inner city work the Brunswick based haulier Wandt had a restored Vespa painted in the shade of green used in its livery. This Vespa will be released as part of the one-off set with a Volkswagen T6 box body van and trailer also in Wandt livery.
Copyright in the image above belongs to dreamstime.com
306713 Volvo FH Gl. XL Eurocombi “Ristimaa Apache”
As can be seen from the photographs above Herpa has re-created this flamboyant show truck faithfully. Juha Ristimaas create custom trucks to the highest standard. This impressive “Giga-Liner” is in the livery of Kuljetus Ristimaa a Finish Haulier. It was first displayed at the annual trucking event “Power Truck Show 2016” in Alaharma, Finland. The four axle Volvo FH16 650 pulls a five axle trailer.
307062 Scania 142 articulated concrete mixer
The classic Scania bonnetted trucks are always a highlight in the Herpa program. Here the model is of a 6×4 tractor with a day cab and trailer with a concrete mixer mounted on it. It adds to the Herpa construction models.
307024 Volvo FH16 Gl. XL Eurocombi “Tynjälä Oy” Finland
Another oversized drawbar outfit from Finland. Over 50 print processes were needed to reproduce the livery.
159173-006 Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace rigid tractor, traffic-yellow
158299-004 Mercedes-Benz Actros M 08 all wheel drive 3-axle rigid tractor
Power to all three axles for best traction. Cabin in white which allows modellers to apply their own decals.
307161 Iveco with Interchargable Boxes and drawbar trailer “Deutrans”
In the end of the 1980s, the German Democratic Republic haulier Deutrans simplified its truck design and sent their trucks on the road in white with blue and orange stripes. The carefully selected drivers of all vehicles carrying traffic to the West had to prove a certain loyalty to the party line and fulfilled spying orders during their tours.
307352 Volvo FH Gi Lowliner curtain canvas articulated truck “Willi Betz”
The haulage group Willi Betz operates multiple companies across Europe serving many customers and has an annual turnover of around 250 million Euros a year.
The founder Willi Betz recently escaped jail due to a serious illness after a lawsuit was taken against the family for bribery, social security fraud and tax evasion. His son was not so lucky and had to pay a 2.1 Million Euros fine and must go into prison for five years.
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