IntroductionMAN TGE Double Cabin with Platform and Canvas and Canvas Trailer "Fire Department"
is a new model from Herpa. Herpa
currently catalogues 265 MAN models and 116 in their series Fire Brigade. This MAN TGE is introduced as 5-ton fire-brigade vehicle with dual tires and canvas covered superstructures.
The MAN TGE is designed for versatility with three main versions: panel van; combi van; chassis with platform body. Cab options are a chassis cab and crew cab.
The MAN TGE is a real utility vehicle. Available in different variants as a panel van, a combi van, a crew cab with platform body or a chassis cab with platform body it is well-equipped for nearly every task. Whether in use in logistics, courier, construction, craft or passenger transport, the MAN TGE Van meets industry-specific and individual requirements with a wide range of features and customised vehicle body solutions.*
Herpa's MAN TGE crew cab platform (flatbed) body with trailer arrives assembled except for two side mirrors for the truck, and landing gear and and a wheel for the trailer. It is securely contained in a form-fitted cradle inside a red one-piece end-opening carton with a clear viewing window.
Molding is excellent with raised and recessed panel lines or surface detail. The window plastic is clear without distortion. Supporting the vehicle bodies are 10 hybrid rubber-plastic tires.
Back to those tires - most of them have fine tread detail along the edges only. The dual tires on the truck rear axle have full tread detail - it looks good! Crisply molded hub detail enhance the wheels.
The underside of the truck is a mixed bag. Under the cab is a flat area with low bas-relief detail. Under the bed is excellent detail: chassis frame;read axle and driveshaft; leaf springs; muffler and exhaust pipe; spare tire; bumper.
Above that assembly are the flatbed and the crew cab. Herpa provides two separate side mirrors to set into pre-molded holes. In front is the grille and clear lenses for the headlights. (Unfortunately, Herpa did not use tinted clear lenses or even paint for the brake lights.)
Inside the cab is a well detailed interior featuring five bucket seats, steering wheel, center console, dash. The dash has fine louvers molded into it representing air conditioning vents. For modelers inclined to insert figures into the truck, the cab should detach from the chassis, although the fit is very tight.
Finally, topping the cab is a blue-tinted clear light bar.
Additional carriage is provided by a two-axle trailer. The frames is triangular. Fenders span the wheels.
The rear frame has brake lights molded onto it. They are not painted.
Herpa includes a sprue of detail parts, a trailer jack and outrigger supports.
Finally, for both the truck and the trailer, removable canvas tops are provided.
Finish and Markings
Herpa mainly molds these models in color. Red and white body, black 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 MAN emblem on the grille with chrome silver paint. Herpa also details the truck with yellow, red, and white warning markings, and Feuerrwehr
(Fire Department) on the sides and canvas tops. Herpa does not use decals.
The overall finish of the model is exceptional.
ConclusionMAN TGE Double Cabin with Platform and Canvas and Canvas Trailer "Fire Department"
is another great looking model by
Herpa of a modern firefighting vehicle and trailer on today's roadways. The clear lenses for headlights and the tinted clear light bar, clear windows showing off a detailed cab, detailed wheels and chassis and frame, and crisp molding create an excellent model.
I have never looked under a real MAN TGE so I can't state that the underside of the cab is or is not accurate. My only complaint is that not all of the tires have the full tread detail of older Herpa models.
Regardless, this is an excellent HO - 1/87 MAN work truck for collectors, modelers, dioramaists, and model railroaders of the current era. Recommended.
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* MAN. The Truck among the Vans – the new MAN TGE.