By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs are supplied by the Manufacturer and the Author.
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.