IntroductionMercedes-Benz Sprinter Platform / Tarpaulin, Municipal Orange
is a new model of the popular 2018 M-B Sprinter from Herpa
. This Sprinter version features a tarp covered flatbed. It is item 095044
This model is one of 620 Mercedes-Benz and 178 Sprinter types currently offered by Herpa
introduces this model as
New shape! The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with tarpaulin structure is also used in municipal areas. The vehicle is printed with warning markings on the body edges.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a light commercial vehicle, built by Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany, as a van, chassis cab and minibus, and sold as a Mercedes model, except in the U.S. where it is built from complete knock down (CKD) kits and sold by Freightliner. The first generation Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van. The second generation Sprinter was introduced in Europe in 2006. The first generation (VA Chassis) North American Sprinter was launched in 2001 in the U.S., and originally branded as a Freightliner. Units sold to the rest of North America were badged as Mercedes until 2003 when they received Dodge branding.
Like the previously reviewed Merecedes-Benz Sprinter, this one is also factory assembled and ready to go. Itís securely packed in a form-fitted tray that also has a space for optional parts. The tray is held inside Herpa's
red carton with a plastic film window, opening via tabs at each end. On one end has a metallic holographic Daimler license label.
The model is skillfully molded and except for the side view mirrors, fully assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods, and access panel lines are defined with fine recessed lines, as is the grille. The door handles are raised. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model.
The molding is almost flawless. The body and wheel hubs are molded in color. The Mercedes-Benz logos are painted with chrome silver.
Side view mirrors are included, attached to a sprue. The model has slots where these are to be inserted, and it is a simple process.
Detail and TrimHerpa's
cab interior is worth popping the body off. Inside are bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift and dashboard! Modelers can remove the cab to add figures but I suspect they will have to be the legless figurines.
The underside is a mixed bag but improved over earlier Sprinters I have looked over. Under the cab is a flat area with low bas-relief detail. Under the bed is excellent detail: chassis frame; rear axle and driveshaft; leaf springs; muffler and exhaust pipe; spare tire; bumper.
On the front of the cab is the grille and clear lenses for the headlights. (Unfortunately, Herpa
did not use tinted clear lenses or even paint for the brake lights.)
uses soft plastic-rubber hybrid tires slipped over the plastic rims. The tires only have detail along the shoulder but not on the tread.
Paint and markingsHerpa
mainly molds this vehicle in color: communal orange; black chassis; gray chassis; silver wheel hubs. Paint is used for the black chrome and door handles. Even hair-sized window trim is painted on. Herpa
details the Mercedes-Benz emblem on the grille with chrome silver paint. Herpa
also details the truck with red and white warning markings on the hood and on the corners of the rear bed. Herpa
does not use decals.
Collectors of modern minivans and model railroaders of today's era will appreciate this Herpa
model. It is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior are impressive. The underbody is improved but the tire tread detail has not been improved, and there is still nothing simulating the brake lights.
Overall this is a sharp HO scale modern M-B Sprinter truck. Recommended.
Please remember to mention to Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on
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