Book Review
Der Mass:Stab 2/19
Der Mass:Stab April 2019
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine, Herpa's bimonthly flagship publication, promotes their models as well as general modeling subjects. This is Issue 2, April 2019.
    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

Between the Covers
Der MASS:STAB is a high-quality magazine. Photography is excellent. Large pages of detailed text are supported by generous galleries of images.

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.

The Stones Supertruck is Herpa's story of a new Scania showtruck. Several pages showcase the full sized semi rig.

Two sections detail Herpa product news and other modeling news.

1. New Products May/June 2019. This section showcases the new 1/50 and 1/87 models to be released, e.g.: Wirtgen W250i asphalt milling machine; Audis; police cars; Fords; Zils; fire and rescue types; Ivecos; Private Collection show trucks; new modern vehicles; vintage "Eastern Nostalgia" models; semi- and rigid trucks; Military series releases. So many more!

2. Herpa In Nuremberg. New models debuted at the famous Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017 are presented.

New From Herpa
The Wirtgen Asphalt Milling Machine W250i: photo essay of the Wirtgen Asphalt Milling Machine W250i.


1. May It Be Something More displays in detail modeler Hartmut van Juchems' extensive motorizing and electrifying and lighting a fleet of trucks.

2. Japanese Singular: European trucks in Japan.

3. Expediters Schwab, RavensburgRolf Schwab and his fleet of custom made logging trucks.

4. The Water Bath: Modeler Peter Schmaring demonstrates how to make water and mud splashes, with NOCH water products, to bring action to a diorama.

I'm Walking, The moving floor trailer: Four pages of text and photos of trucks in various industries. The Herpa model Item 076 111-002 is shown, too.

Something of a Bit Different Construction spotlights an extensive diorama by Roland Wurm of heavy cranes erecting a wind turbine tower.

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

Finally,, the magazine concludes with a variety of magazine and service companies.

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!
Highs: Excellent variety of subjects presented with quality photography.
Lows: All text is in German.
Verdict: 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.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 013150208840
  PUBLISHED: Apr 21, 2019

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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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There are some neat dioramas in there, you can see the effort that is put into these. This is a different world of modelling that I haven't seen much of. Thanks for sharing Fred. Cheers, D
APR 23, 2019 - 01:34 PM
Hi Damian, Quite right. 1/87 is more than just HO scale for model railroading. In Europe, 1/87 is a popular scale for automotive modelers. It is also a popular scale for military modeling. One can find 1/87 modeling - individual subjects as well as extensive dioramas - without a railroad subject in sight.It is amazing how detailed some of these modelers trick out their mini motor vehicles - extensive kitbashing/modifications, working lights, animated features, even using magnets to "drive" them around roadways. Amazing.
JUN 15, 2019 - 05:28 AM

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