By Hans-Georg Schmitt
Text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
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”.
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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