By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
Here are a selection of models released in the last two months of 2018 and some from early 2019. These models are to 1:87 scale made in Europe for Germany.
309141 (309158/309165) IVECO Stralis Highway XP articulated tractor unit
The brand-new Stralis is now introduced into the Herpa range to complement the launch of the latest version of the truck. It has been moulded in white, blue or red.
094085 Audi Q7 “Audi Mobile Tradition”
The department Audi Mobile Tradition responsible for the Audi Museum runs two of the latest Audi Q7 SUV’s to transport classic vehicles pulling a closed trailer. These are often see moving cars from the Audi museum to events. Here the model is finished in the company livery.
094016 Wartburg 353 Tourist 1985 “NVA”
The National People´s Army of the former German Democratic Republic used this type of vehicle as a command vehicle. The model is authentically equipped with two different coloured beacon lights and a loudspeaker.
309509 MAN TGX XLX articulate fuel tanker “ESSO”
Herpa once again releases a fuel tanker as a limited edition. Esso, formerly known by its slogan “Put the tiger in your tank!” is the fuel provider who forms the basis for this model of the MAN TGX with a tanker trailer liveried in the current company livery.
How truck design has changed over the last 65 years!
At the beginning of the 1950s Henschel, based in Kassel, launched their ‘big’ articulated tractor HS 190 S with bi-motors. Wiking released the then huge articulated tanker with and Ellinghaus trailer in 1953 and kept it in their catalogue until 1958.
The rounded design changed into a squared one early in the 1960s, developed by the famous noted Louis L. Lepoix.
Today cabs are more rounded again, shaped using tests in a wind tunnel. The Esso Livery has changed too with the livery in red and white on white rather than on solid red.
309189 (309196) Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace 2018
This tractor unit to pull articulated trailers has been released in white and red.
309202 (309219) Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace 2018
The tractor unit has been released in white and black to pull articulated trailers.
309226 (309233) Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.5 2018
This tractor unit has been released in white and yellow.
309677 IFA G5 dump truck “VEB coal merchant”
Handpicked “people´s own” companies could get the IFA G5 in a civil version. Here Herpa releases a delivery truck of the VEB coal merchandising firm. In the DDR most of the coal available was brown coal (Lignite) which burned with a distinctive odour which was cast over the whole DDR.
The latest IFA G5 compared to an earlier release of the model which though plainer in finish has the ram to raise the tipper modelled.
309745 (309752) Scania CG 17 6×6 articulated Tractor
The new tractor unit has been released in white and red.
Unimaginative Design or diktat of the wind tunnel ?
Placing the model trucks side by side, there is a strong and rather boring resemblance. In particular the cab units all look very similar with only the grilles showing any real difference.
The wind tunnel may be responsible for the body shape, but why do the design of the lower areas below the windscreen looks so similar? That is an unanswered question.
700689 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model (estate) “Bundeswehr”
For all older German men, who have served their army time in the German Bundeswehr, the latest Bundeswehr staff cars are looking strange. The familiar matt green “NATO olive” colour which used to be used on all vehicles is gone in many cases. Today most vehicles used day to day are leased and are ordered in normal body colours, so that resale value at the end of the lease is improved.