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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