By Hans-Georg Schmitt
This post describes a selection from the models released by Herpa between November 2016 and April 2017. All are to 1:87 scale and moulded in plastic by Herpa of Germany.
092708 Framo 901/2 Pick up “VEB Dairy Hainichen”
Created in 1962, the dairy cooperative Hainichen was a nationalised company in the GDR. It became a subsidiary of the Allgäu-based Ehrmann and Käserei Champion Hofmeister after fall of the wall.
092715 AWZ P70 Kombi “VEB Dairy Hainichen”
The tiny AWZ estate car was used for carrying small deliveries and courier trips. It was painted in same colour and is liveried in the same way as the Framo.
306638 Büssing 8000 drawbar “Haulier Gebr. Kamphuis”
One of the few remaining Büssing 8000s with full box bodywork. It is exhibited at many vintage vehicle events in the Netherlands. The drawbar trailer as also superbly restored and is honoured by this special edition Herpa model.
306485 Volvo FH Gl. XL articulated lorry with canvas curtains. “Coulthard, GB”
The name Coulthard is a familiar one on Formula One circuits. Here it is emblazoned on a Volvo run by the family of the ex-racing driver David Coulthard. They are involved in the road transport business at quite a different level!
745598 Opel 3000 S Tanker fighter squadron 2 Richthofen
This vehicle entered service towards the end of the Second World War. With materials being scarce the cab is made out of plywood and the tank is of simple welded construction.
745604 Opel Blitz 3000 Tanker of the III Fighter Squadron 27
In contrast to the previous model this is a tanker from early in the Second World War. Although both are built on the same Opel Blitz chassis here we have one with a steel cab and a more sophisticated tank arrangement to the rear.
745659 Soviet tank T34/76 WW II Battle in Poland 1944
The T34 was an outstanding middle weight tank . Here it has “For our home country” painted on. The model is well detailed and finished.
092852 Trabant 1.1 Universal “German Red Cross” Zwickau
More than 20 years after Trabant production finished in Zwickau, this Trabi estate car is still in operation for the German Red Cross in Zwickau.
028776/038775 Mercedes-Benz S-Class V12 (W140) black/champagne metallic
In 1991, Mercedes-Benz presented the new S-class, which is still nicknamed the “armoured car” today. To kick off the series, Herpa released the model again and offers the classic as a limited edition.
Opel Kapitan 1959 saloon crème white
The version of the pleasingly designed large saloon car from Opel sold the largest number of any of the cars that bore the name “Kapitan”.
151726-006 Scania normal control articulated tractor unit 6×4 – orange
There are still a number of traditional customers who like to buy tractor units with a bonnet, so Scania keeps this version as modelled by Herpa in their program.
306904 MAN TGX XLX articulated canvas cover truck “Wandt Washing Park”
The MAN TGX XLX tractor with an updated front end has already been added to Wandt´s fleet. The trailer decoration promotes their truck washing facilities which also cater for other’s vehicles as well as their own.
745772 Opel Blitz ambulance truck “German Wehrmacht near Moscow
Medical supplies were transported by the Army in trucks like this during the Second World War. It dates from early in the war, or was made pre-war, as is evidenced by the steel made driver’s cab. The decoration is as used during the attack on Moscow when the Germans got close enough to see the capital but never reached the inner area of the Soviet capital.
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