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News from the Continent January 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Here are a selection of the releases made in the second half of 2018. All are moulded in plastic in Europe and are to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

093774 Framo 901/2 pick up with canvas tilt in “MITROPA” livery

Established in 1916, Mitropa´s role was to supply travelers in trains, at train stations and at motorway services. After 1945, Mitropa was separated into two organisations one in each ‘Germany’. Here is a vehicle from the former DDR where the company served all kinds of travellers.


094030 Volkswagen Passat Variant GTE (estate) Wolfsburg Police Service

The new Passat GTE is used by the Police in Wolfsburg, a city dominated by the Volkswagen company. The finish of this model reflects the type of reflective plastic body stickers now used by Police forces in Germany.


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News from the Continent December 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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A look at recent 1:43 Scale releases

These models are diecast in metal for Herpa in China and are to 1:43 scale. They were sold initially in Porsche packaging as ‘exclusive models’ but are now available as standard Herpa issues.

071000 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 991 II – black

071017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 991 II – white

070973 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 991 II – achatgrey metallic

All three models are authentically shaped and lovingly finished. Visually, the differences are hardly noticeable between the Carrera and the Carrera S. But the individual derivatives of the cars can not only be distinguished by a single letter in the type designation but also by a number of small details which can be recognised when examined. A Porsche fan is able to tell exactly which engine is fitted by looking at the rim design or the shape of the exhaust system.

Whilst the Carrera Coupe comes standard with 370 hp, the “S” variant with 420 hp. Herpa model the detailed exhaust systems fitted to the two cars.


A look at Herpa’s recent releases in 1:87 scale

420297 Audi A6 saloon – brilliant black ( 430630 – carat beige metallic)

Shortly after the launch of the new Audi A6 Herpa launched the new car in saloon form in miniature. The all-new body is well captured and the beautifully replicated new rims make the model to a real piece of art.


308892 DAF XF SSC refrigerated artic. Box truck “Scheufler”

The haulier Scheufler, from Wohratal in Hessia, is known for their attractively liveried vehicles. This DAF XF tractor too, was designed by Walter Rosner. The elaborately printed model was produced as one-time-edition.


746335 military – Mercedes-Benz 3000 tank truck “fighting group wing 1”

From 1944 to 1945, during the war and for a short time after, Daimler produced the Opel Blitz 3 ton truck under licence. Due to the shortages of steel at the end of war the driver’s cab was made from chipboard.


Herpa H-Edition Models

In Germany vehicles over 30 years old are issued with a registration plate with a ‘H’ on it. This indicates that it is an ‘historic vehicle’ and is taxed accordingly. Here Herpa make use of some older moulds to create some historic cars bearing ‘H’ plates.

028950 Volkswagen Passat saloon 1988

The saloon was designed by the Frenchman Patrick Le Quement. The striking feature when launched was the missing radiator grille. Today few cars survive as many have rusted away. The miniature is painted in ‘Mars red’ with a black interior.


028967 Opel Vectra A – saloon 1988

The car was designed by the same designer who created the legendary Opel GT, the Manta A and the Calibra: Erhard Schnell, who is now 91 years of age.

The model is in “snow white” with red interior.


More Classic Vehicles

093972 Opel Rekord E1 Panel van 1977-1982 “Shell”

Classic vehicles are often produced by Herpa. The Opel Rekord E1 was produced as a panel van with closed side windows based on the the estate, which was known as the ‘Caravan‘. It printed with Shell logos but the alloy wheels should have been replaced by steel wheels on this workhorse


093859 Volkswagen T6 Bus “German Red Cross, City of Stuttgart – Kältebus”

The German Red Cross in Stuttgart operates the current VW T6 bus as a “Winter Bus” to care for homeless people. The white vehicle is released in an authentic livery of luminous red and silver.


Herpa Cars Club Model

932585 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been chosen as the CarsClub model for 2018. It is moulded in glossy black and fitted with a chrome-plated radiator grille and spare wheel cover. It will be sent out only to members of the Herpa Cars Club. More info about the club can be founds at www.herpa.de.

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News from the Continent September 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer or taken by the Author and copyright applies..

Here is a selection of the releases during July and August from Herpa.

420280 Mercedes-Benz G-model – polar white
420623 Mercedes-Benz G-model – obsidian black metallic

In February 2018 Mercedes-Benz presented their new G class model. With a long wheelbase and interesting details like a chromed wheel cover at the rear as well as embossed radiator bars, Herpa have made a miniature in 1:87 scale.

 


093781 Wartburg 353 Tourist 1966 “Mitropa”

Established in 1916, Mitropa´s role was to supply travellers in trains, at train stations, and motorway services. After the Second World war it became the catering division for Deutche Reichsbahn the national railway of East Germany. Herpa has created the Wartburg estate car as a service vehicle. The model is ideally suited for model railways.


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News from the Continent July 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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This article looks at a selection of the models released during the second quarter of 2018 and the re-issue of an older moulding too. All the Herpa models shown in this article are moulded in plastic in Europe for Herpa of Germany to 1:87 scale.

 

028820 Skoda 110L 4-door saloon 1969-1976

The rear mounted engine of 1108 cc gave a top speed of 138 km/h.

 

308601 Scania CS HD heavy-duty four axle articulated tractor unit – red

 

308816 Scania CR 20 HD 6×2 articulated tractor unit – light beige

 

746298 Volkswagen T6 bus “Feldjäger” – From the Military Range

Liveried for the military police of the German Army. The body is moulded in white and then over printed in olive and yellow.

 

028998/038997 Opel Senator saloon 1978-1982

This model is released in white or gold metallic as shown here.

This model was originally issued by Herpa in 1979. Now they have released it again as a special edition using today’s techniques to include improved wheel rims and a higher level of printed details.

 

308922 MAN TGX XLX Euro 6c Tandem trailer drawbar “Forwarder Wandt”

Tandem trailer trucks are operated on a daily basis by the Brunswick-based forwarder Wandt. Herpa  releases the MAN TGX XLX with replaceable bodies in the forwarder´s familiar design.


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News from the Continent June 2018- Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

In this article I look in a little more detail at some previously released  models and at some of the releases from the first quarter of 2018.

070966 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe – red – scale 1:43

The new 911 in Coupe form. Herpa produced the first batch for Porsche, now it is available in model shops for “normal customers”. This model is diecast for Herpa.

 

307956 Ford V8 Rhein flatbed truck with canvas cover as makeshift fire engine with water tank trailer – 1:87 scale

New releases in 1:87 scale

 

All these models are moulded in plastic by Herpa in Germany .

745871 IFA L60 box truck “National Peoples Army of former DDR”

The W50/L60 trucks were the most common medium trucks in the former DDR and also used by the army as shown here.

093460 Trabant 601 Bucket car traditional car of Factury fire brigade LEAG /Brandenburg

It was quite common in the DDR for ex-,military vehicles to end up being used in other public services. Here we have a Trabant which would have started life as a military vehicle, perhaps used by the Border Guards protecting the former DDR territory. Here it is re-liveried as a Feuerwehr car perhaps used for those incidents which didn’t need a fire appliance.

745267 Mercedes-Benz Vito Bus “German Bundeswehr”

Most vehicles of the Bundeswehr are now leased, so they are  no longer in “NATO olive”, but are painted in standard consumer  colours to make them easier to sell at the end of the lease.

746281 IFA G5 crane truck of NVA

The IFA crane truck was used by the Army and Public services in the Communist DDR. The crane is full movable. Here is the military version next to an earlier model of the civil orange version made in the DDR which is not often seen.


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News from the Continent March 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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1:43 Scale

Here I look at a special selection of models made by Herpa from the second half of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The models in 1:43 scale are diecast metal and the 1:87 models are moulded in plastic.

071147 Porsche 911 Targa 4 – red – scale 1:43

071123 Porsche 911 Targa 4S – white – scale 1:43

The new 911 is also available in a Targa version. This has four wheel drive as standard. The 4 engine develops 370 hp, but the 4S has 420 hp and can raech 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds from a standing start.

The different exhaust systems on the 4 and 4S are correctly replicated by Herpa on these models.

The first batch were made for Porsche but now the models are available from model dealers for  “normal customers”.

Scale 1:87

 

307628 IFA L60 flat-bed truck with load under a canvas cover

The W50/L60 were the most common medium trucks in the former DDR.

746038 Battle-tank T-55 “Vietnamese Peoples Army”

One result of the arms agreement between the Soviet Union and the Peoples Republic of North Vietnam was the supply of Russian T-55 tanks for use fighting the American army.

74605 Battle tank T-34/76 with German commander dome

A number of captured T-34 tanks of the Soviet army were converted for use by the German Wehrmacht. Here the original was fitted with a German commander dome with cannon and correctly repainted in the blue-grey of the German Wehrmacht. At the end of the war each captured tank was used as it was as the German Army was so short of materials.

028899/038898 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet racing yellow or night blue metallic

Visually the 4S cabriolet differs from the standard model. With four exhaust pipes rather than two. This is authentically replicated here.

093507 Porsche 911 Carrera “Austrian Police”

No chance for speeding motorists. From June 2017 the Austrian Federal Country of Kärnten operates this Porsche 911 for catching  those breaking the speed limits on their motorways.

093385 Trabant 601 Universal “German Red Cross Löbau/Saxonia”

The German Red Cross in Löbau still operates a Trabant estate. The rear side windows are painted in body colour, this feature is replicated in the miniature.

307741 Volvo FH Gl. XL Artic. Curtain canvas truck “Schreglmann”

The haulier Schreglmann from Oberviechtach in Bavaria has a weakness for extraordinarily decorated vehicles. This truck is on tour with airbrushed adverts for the concrete block manufacturer Godelmann.

308502 MAN TGX XLX Euro &c Articulated Silo truck “Melmer Pitztal, Austria”

“Pitztal, the roof of the Tyrol” is the slogan on this bright red painted truck of the haulier Silo Melmer. This one-off limited edition model is part of Herpa´s Silo Melmer model series.

746274 IFA G5 box truck “National Peoples Army, DDR”

The IFA G5 truck was released in March 2018 with a new body. This time it is appears as a mobile workshop of the NVA (People’s Army of the DDR).

The photograph below shows this new Herpa alongside the 1:43 scale model released by Atlas some years ago. It shows the difference in sizes between the two scales very well.


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News from the Continent 2/2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Heer is acloser look at some of the models released by Herpa during the second half of 2017. These are all moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

745888 Main Soviet battle tank T34-85 “NVA”

The Soviet Second World War tank was used by the “National Peoples’ Army “ of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) during the first years after the country was founded by the Soviet government.

745796 Main Soviet battle tank T34/85 winter camouflage

The original that this model is based upon was used during the battle to lift the siege of the encircled  City of Leningrad in 1944.

 

038805 Audi A5 Coupe “Black Edition” – tango-red metallic

 

308137 Mercedes-Benz box-drawbar “DEUTRANS”

The series of Deutrans miniature models continues with this twin axle box truck with a Mercedes-Benz tractor unit pulling a typical trailer of its time with dual tyres. VEB Deutrans was the main haulier of the former DDR. Drivers were officers of the Stasi (secret service) with special training. Their trucks were running observation stations.

 

307925 MAN TGX XXL artic. curtain canvas truck “Haulier Wandt”

This is a brand new Tractor unit on this articlated lorry liveried with an advertisement for the Technical University of Brunswick. This truck with a MAN TGX XXL cab is operated by the Brunswick based forwarder Wandt. This was released by Herpa to fit in with the launch of the real lorry.

 

746083 IFA G5 Dumper “NVA”

During the early years of the “National Peoples’ Army” of the DDR the G5 6×6 trucks were the most common vehicles. Here Herpa have made it as a dumper with a movable mechanism. , fully movable, the hydraulic. The hydraulic lift for the dumper is included in the box.

 

928304 Audi A5 Cabriolet “Cars Club Model 2017

The black moulded A5 Cabriolet is the 2017 model of the year made only for members of the Herpa Modelcar Collectors Club.


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News from the Continent October/November 2018 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Porsche Models to 1:43 scale

Three more Porsche cars to 1:43 scale are now available. These were officially launched in Spring 2016, but have only been available as Porsche promotional models till now.

071109  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Indian red with a beige interior

 

071116  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

This version is in Carrara white metallic with a red interior

 

071062  Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Here painted a lustrous black paint with a beige interior.

The three Porsche miniatures are extremely accurate models with a high level of detailing and fault free paint finishes. A number of small parts are added and features like wheel rims and exhaust systems are accurate and finely modelled. The base plates are well detailed too.

Porsche set high standards for the models they sell as promotional items but still demand reasonable prices so Herpa has worked hard to produce these models to a high standard and competitive price.

Selection of recent 1:87 scale releases

 

093187  Audi A4 Avant “Police of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany”

The police in Rhineland-Palatinate don´t look only for criminals but also for new recruits. On this police car, the publicity material is incorporated in the livery with a pictures trying to persuade people to join the police. The model, has the four colour print on the rear wing as well as the eye-catching stripe decals in the rear.

 

306614  Volvo FH Gl. XL 6×2 refrigerated articulated box truck “Kinlochbervie GB”

Kinlochbervie is a small harbour village in the far North West of Scotland which is also the headquarters of the fisheries company featured on this model which have their own fleet of lorries. The cab features detailed printing as well as two headlight bars, one on the grill, and the other above the sun visor.

 

093224  Volkswagen Passat Variant “Zoll”

Customs in Germany still operates white vehicles with green area markings just like the Passat model from Herpa. The model features an authentic printed livery and a Hänsch DBS 4000 light bar.

 

307864  Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace Eurocombi “DB Schenker”

Deutsche Bahn – Schenker operates a new long truck. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace truck is loaded with a DB-Schenker swap container and pulls a five axle box trailer.


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News from the Continent September/October 2017 – Herpa.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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Here are some thoughts on two releases Herpa made in July 2017. These are moulded in plastic to 1:87 in Germany.

307574 IFA G5 Dumper – orange

After the recent fire brigade version, the IFA G5 is now released as a bright yellow dumper. This vehicle was developed for the National Peoples Army of the former DDR and the 6×6 G5 was also used for civil purposes, especially when The Warsaw Pact forces standardised on Soviet trucks. The new  tipper has working action as shown in the photographs below where it can be seen next to the earlier dark orange and Military versions from the DDR Modelcars range.

700665 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 13 double-cab with flat bed and Tilt German Army – “Bundeswehr”.

It seems hard to believe but today German Army vehicles can be seen painted in white or silver in use on the roads. This approach is designed to make it easier to sell secondhand vehicles in these colours, rather than the traditional matt green, when the army no longer want them.


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News from the Continent – Herpa June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are by, and copyright of the Author.

In this post I take a look at a selection of models released by Herpa between January and July 2017 with comments on each release.

1:43 Scale

The models are diecast for Herpa.

Herpa’s new Porsche models were first announced earlier this year but were only recently released to collectors. Perhaps Porsche took all the first batch of models and Herpa had to make a further batch for its own collectors.  As these models are also sold in Porsche boxes the quality of these models has to be right.

 

071086 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe racing yellow

The body shape is faithful to the original and the paint is fault free and captures Porsche racing yellow very well.  A number of small parts are separately inserted to give a good level of detail. The interior is black: dashboard, steering wheel and centre console capture the full size cars features very well.  At the rear end the two exhaust pipes are finished in chrome. The baseplate is quite well detailed. Through the finely cast “alloy” wheel rims the brake discs and calipers are clearly visible.

 

071093 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe dark blue metallic

The model is made to the same quality as the yellow version. The body is well painted in dark blue metallic. The interior is in medium brown. All other features are to the same standard as the yellow car.

Take a look at the photograph below showing the fine detail at the rear of the car including the printed lettering, exhausts and the finely etched panel lines and the well integrated lights.

 

1:87 Scale Models

Here are descriptions of some of the 1:87 models made in plastic.

In January Herpa announced the following Military items. We can now look at them in more detail.

745673 Soviet Tank T34/85

This model is based upon a tank captured by the German Wehrmacht and then marked with German Army markings. It was used 1945 in the battle for East Prussia. Much detail is moulded into the body but the tanks tracks and wheels are nicely captured.

 

745697 Opel Blitz Tanker

The original for this well detailed miniature was used by the German Wehrmacht in 1944 in Belgium. It is fitted with the metal pre-war drivers cab and not the wartime utility one.


 

Moving on to civilian vehicles released recently we have three to look at including a set with a trailer.

028790 Trabant 601 Universal with roof rack and Quek Junior Caravan

The citizens of the DDR went on holidays just like the citizens of the Federal Republic on the other side of the border. Loading their Trabants and Wartburgs with goods and people and towing a small caravan many headed to the coastline of the Baltic sea, Hungarian Lakes, or Polish Mountains.  The journey must have been slow with the 900 cc two stroke engine struggling gamely up any uphill stretches.

Here Herpa give us their 601 Universal again with a  roof rack and luggage as well as a tow hook. They also give us a Quek Junior Caravan which was made in the DDR and had a lifting roof section which is suggested by the moulding on the roof of the model. This caravan was fitted with overrun brakes which must have been essential to allow the lightweight Trabants and Wartburgs to tow the caravan downhill.

093033 BMW X1 “Bavarian Police”

In September 2016, the Bavarian Police too, officially adopted blue colour-sections on their vehicles. To achieve the complicated multi-colour markings the model has to be printed several times.

 

038423-003 Volkswagen Passat Variant (estate)

The Variant is the most popular body type of the Passat range in Germany.  Herpa has now released it with a body moulded in deep black and fitted with a contrasting light grey moulded interior. The silver fittings are neatly printed on, except for the grille which is silver plated. The model has some parts moulded separately and then inserted to add detail.


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