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DER MASS:STAB April 2016
DER MASS:STAB April 2016
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

DER MASS:STAB
DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine is Herpa's bimonthly flagship publication promoting their models as well as general modeling subjects. This is Issue 2, April 2016.
    A great magazine for all those who love our car and truck models: read all about Herpa, our new releases, and other interesting articles about diorama building, the big originals, and lots of other related topics. A great source of information for all 1/87 scale fans.
    - Herpa

Inside
MASS:STAB editor Oliver Kaschel pens an editorial which sets the agenda for the magazine. Next is an update of Herpa Car Club News announcing winners of the yearís specials, plus the new releases.

COVER STORY
Evolution Instead of Revolution is Herpa's story of DAF and their series of heavy trucks including the new DAF XF 105 Euro 6. The article showcases the selection of DAF models by Herpa.

News
Two stories of new Herpa models.

1. Herpa In Nuremberg. New models debuted at the big Nuremberg Toy Fair 2016 including the ADR Kippsilo tanker trailer; Porsche Turbos; N scale M-B Actros Gigaspace tractor; Herpa's re-branding of MiniTanks as Military.

2. New for May/June 2016. This section showcases the new models offered by Herpa earlier this spring and summer: DAF trucks; Porsches; police cars; fire and rescue types; Private Collection show trucks; new modern vehicles; vintage "Eastern Nostalgia" models; semi- and rigid trucks; Military series releases.

Reports
1. ZIL - The Disappeared Pioneer. A history of the ZIL, the Soviet copy of the WWII Lend-Lease Studebaker trucks and the Iron Curtain family of heavy motor transport it created.

2. Nostalgia A Scania custom show truck decorated with a nostalgic look at Scania vehicles.

3. Hovering Over the Wupper. Wuppertal, Germany, is home of The Wuppertal Suspension Railway and Herpa makes a model of it. This article introduces us to the railway and the model.

Conversions
1. Scania with Five Axles displays modeler Ingo Harrich's conversion of 5-axle Scania dump trucks.

2. A Timeless Face, Pt 8 continues modeler Roland Wurm's series on modifying and converting Mercedes-Benz Atego fire trucks, and this article also shows how he scratchbuilt a large fire station.

3. Pertersen & Sons on Tour. Large dioramas presenting customized heavy trucks hauling heavy equipment, by modeler Michael Petersen.

Service, On the Road Again
DER MASS:STAB sponsors a traveling diorama workshop and museum.

Diorama
Models, Fun and shop talk......shows Herpa's diorama workshop and the modelers who enjoyed it.

News from the Model Market
DMS helps the modeling community by presenting new releases by other model auto makers.

Forthcoming: what to expect in DMS 3/2016.

Conclusion
Thatís the content of this issue. DMS is a larger format magazine of quality semi-gloss paper containing excellent photography of stand-out modeling. Unfortunately, virtually all text in in German but then again, a picture is worth 1,000 words, after all.

DER MASS:STAB is a quality publication that informs and inspires modelers of the state of (mainly) 1/87-HO vehicular modeling, as well as advertises Herpa and others' products.

Modelers interested in the above should enjoy this magazine - especially if they speak German!
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent photos and content.
Lows: Text is only in German.
Verdict: DER MASS:STAB is a quality publication that informs and inspires modelers of the state of Continental vehicular modeling.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 4013150207430
  Suggested Retail: $9.50, 6.50 Euro
  PUBLISHED: Jul 23, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.90%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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