In-Box Review
Mercedes-Benz Actros '18
Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.3 trailer 2-axle
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.3 trailer 2-axle, item 309899, is a new release by Herpa. It is one of 404 Mercedes and four 2018 Actros Streamspace models currently catalogued by Herpa. Herpa introduces this model:
    The new generation of vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz Actros series at Herpa, with internal monitors and cameras on the sides of the vehicle, is complemented by the narrower Actros Streamspace 2.3 cab as 2-axle and 3-axle tractors.

Mercedes-Benz Actros is a heavy duty truck introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1996. There are 36 different Actros models, normally used for long-distance haulage, heavy duty distribution haulage and construction haulage.[1] Actros engines
    ...are available in four displacement capacities and a total of 16 output categories from 175 kW to 460 kW. In conjunction with the standard-specification Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission and additional driving programs they ensure economical driving enjoyment.****
Chassis available are 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 tractor or rigid, 4 x 6 haulage model, and a 4 x 8 version. It is available in weights starting at 18 tonnes and is powered by a V6 or V8 cylinder diesel engine with turbocharger and intercooler.[2] They feature the Telligent® safety system.[2] Actros also features 17 cabs in two widths, and five roof designs.***

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The Model
Herpa's Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.3 semi-tractor is packed in a form-fitted cradle held inside a carton with a clear film window.

Except for four mirrors, the model is completely assembled. Molding and assembly are first-rate. I found no noticeable flash, ejector marks, seams nor de-sprue burrs. The models are made of injection molded plastic, and plastic-rubber hybrid tires.

The sharply molded exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille. Door handles are flush and are the tabs that hold the cab interior in the cab shell. Cab components are molded in both glossy and satin parts. Sometimes Herpa includes an instruction sheet illustrating how to open the tractor to show off the engine but this model does not have one.

Tractor Detail
The cab superstructure sets upon a detailed two-axle chassis. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. It is worth popping the cab off to see. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model. The front wheels can be made to steer if you use Herpa’s extra steering set. Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. Herpa created a detailed model of the chassis: gearbox, frame, fuel tanks, air tanks, axles, springs and suspension.

The cab interior is a single molded piece featuring detailed seats, dashboard and console, and a separate steering wheel. It is reasonably visible through the large cab windows. While the windshield appears to be detailed with a separate part with the wiper blades, I could not remove it and ceased trying before I broke anything.

The cab is detailed with Actros’ aerodynamically rounded design and styled grille. This tractor features the streamlined fairing atop the cab and skirts along the chassis. Not applied by Herpa are four individual mirrors: a pair of side view mirrors and two mirrors to reveal the blind areas in front of, and to the side of the vehicle. These are delicate parts on their own sprue. The plastic is slightly flexible. Cut them from the parts tree and carefully fit them into the specific pre-made holes and slots. These holes are very small and while some are obvious, mounting the front and side mirrors are not readily apparent.

The chassis behind the cab is nicely detailed. Note the tread pattern plate behind the cab, the intakes running from the top of the cab rear to the chassis, the fuel tanks, and the fifth wheel detail.

Herpa uses clear and tinted lenses for their lights.

There is an engine under the cab. I removed the cab to reveal it. To do so, one must remove the two-piece grille and the lower front body. Then the cab assembly lifts off. At this point, a modeler can then gently spread the cab body away from the cockpit to allow the piece to be removed.

This little truck has large potential for detailing.

Livery, paint, and instructions
Herpa decorates the model with molded color and painted components. The Mercedes-Benz star and Actros logo are chromed. Herpa doe snot use decals.

This Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.3 from Herpa is an impressive model. It's high level of detail compliments the high standard of paint and finish. Clear and tinted lenses enhance authenticity. Tire treads and hub detail does, as well.

I do not have much to criticize other than the cab is tricky to remove.

This model will make fine addition to collectors, 1/87 automobile collectors and modelers. Recommended.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw this semi here - on Auto Modeler.

*** The new Actros Cab variants. Mercedes-Benz. Web: https://www.mercedes-benz-trucks.com/en_GB/models/new-actros/technical-data/cab-variants.html. n.d.

**** The New Actros. Mercedes-Benz. Web: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/vehicles/trucks/the-new-actros-2. n.d.

[1], [2]. Wikipedia. Mercedes-Benz Actros. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_Actros. 21 August 2011.

[3] (MERCEDES-BENZ Actros 2008 - Present, 2012) http://www.autoevolution.com/trucks/mercedes-benz-actros-2008.html

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Highs: High level of detail compliments the high standard of paint and finish. Clear and tinted lenses enhance authenticity. Tire treads and hub detail does, as well.
Lows: The cab is tricky to remove.
Verdict: This model will make fine addition to collectors, 1/87 automobile collectors and modelers.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 309899
  PUBLISHED: Jun 15, 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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Fred, Thanks for a really well done review of the Herpa Mercedes-Benz A Actros Streamspace 2.3 semi-tractor in 1/87 scale. It certainly will fit right in with any modern HO scale layout. Joel
JUN 15, 2019 - 01:53 AM
Hi Joel, Thank you. It sure will. And 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. Check out an issue of Der Mass:Stab . You will find it full of automotive models and dioramas, usually without any trains involved. 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 - 05:26 AM

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