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HO scale
MAN TGX XXL 640 & Liebherr 954
MAN TGX XXL 640 lowboy semitrailer with Liebherr 954 with sorting Grabs
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Who can resist a powerful heavy-duty semi truck pulling a piece of heavy machinery with a centipede style multiaxle trailer? Herpa released this big set of a heavy-duty semi and a crawler excavator: MAN TGX XXL 640 Lowboy Semitrailer with Liebherr 954 with Sorting Grabs "Max Bögl." It is item 307277. Currently, the Herpa catalogue contains 244 MAN models, 62 TGX XXL models, and three Liebherr 954 models.

Herpa states about this model:
    Whether scrap, demolition bricks or wood – the sorting grab is able to pick up and reload most versatile materials. Herpa updated the Liebherr crawler excavator R954 accordingly with the new grab and delivers it on a flatbed truck of the construction company “Max Bögl”.


MAN TGX XXL
The MAN TGX XXL is a heavy duty tractor equipped for long distance driving.
    When the new MAN TGX Euro 6 was premiered worldwide at the IAA in Hannover, it was also a very special moment in the small Central Franconian village of Dietenhofen. Because parallel with the “big truck”, its respective “little brother” was produced there in the 1/87 scale based on the original plans and in cooperation with the designers and developers of MAN and – of course - in utmost secrecy.

Rolled out to the public at the 2007 European Transport Road Show the MAN TGX is the flagship of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Trucknology® Generation series. Declared the most powerful truck in Europe, the TGX is designed to carry the heaviest loads over the most challenging terrain for long distances.

MAN TGX series is a family of rigid and articulated trucks. The vehicles were powered by 4, 6 or 8-cylinder MAN engines of the D20 or D26 series generating from 264 KW (360 HP) up to 500 kW (680 HP), connected to an advanced MAN transmission. MAN’s 680 HP (500 KW) 8-cylinder common-rail V8 was claimed to be the most powerful in Europe. It complied with Euro 5 SCR exhaust technology standards. A MAN ZF AS-Tronic “Tipmatic” transmission transmits the power to the drivetrain. Driver reports compare the acceleration as similar to some sports cars, even under load!

MAN constructs the frame in a ladder design supported by 4X2, 6X4 and 8X4 axle configurations.
    Maximum loading capacity, engine power and off-road capability. The MAN TGX provides exactly the right drive concept for heavy-duty transport. Whether it's configured as a 4x4 HydroDrive or a 6x4 / 8x4 version – you can always rely on this power pack. With engine outputs of up to 471 kW (640 HP*), the TGX provides an unsurpassed output with the best possible consumption values. This heavy-duty truck, designed for a maximum total weight of 41 tons, has the highest loading capacity. Thanks to the wide range of superstructure options, however, the MAN TGX is also the most efficient large-scale alternative for use on the building site.

    Even on rough terrain, the TGX series knows how to impress. When the road comes to an end, the MAN HydroDrive® selectable hydrostatic front-axle drive or the double rear-axle drive provides very good traction.
    †‡

Transmission is the MAN TipMatic® with ZF Intarder.‡

Euro6 criteria killed the big engine in favor of 6-cylinder models.

For driver comfort MAN offers the option of the XLX or XXL cab. The XXL cab is designed for long haul with high-class standards.

Want to know more about the MAN TGX XXL? I include a link to a MAN website which you can see at Click here for additional images for this review, below.

This Model MAN TGX XXL
Herpa securely packs this almost fully assembled model set in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a cellophane display window, and opens via tabs at each end. The tray has slots for optional parts, and slots your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. The Liebherr crawler is separately packed in a secure two-piece cradle. This arraignment is surprisingly durable — past shipping boxes have occasionally been partially crushed in transit, and although some model boxes were mashed, the models were not damaged. Nicely done, Herpa!

This set is a MAN semi-tractor, trailer, and heavy equipment load.

Molding and assembly is high-quality. I found no flaws. 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.

Two sprues of optional mirror parts are included, plus a heavy-duty towing hook.

Goldhofer Trailer
Goldhofer AG of Memmingen, Germany, builds a wide range of transportation trailers and vehicles, for handling payloads of 25 to 10,000 tons.

This modular semi-trailer is a 4-unit STZ-VP (285) lowloader trailer with a gooseneck, 4-axle front chassis, excavator bed bridge with timber ramps, and a 6-axle rear chassis. I can not distinguish whether the front unit is a THP/SL or THP/SL-L module.

Payload
For the load, Herpa includes a Liebherr 954 Litronic crawler excavator with a rotating demolition and recycling grab attachment. The following information is from the Liebherr site.
    R 954 C Abbruch Litronic
    Weighing between 72 and 75.5 tonnes, the R 954 C Demolition excavator has special attachments giving it a reach height of 25.6 to 34 m. It can be operated through 360° without the stability or reach being affected.

    Working height 28 m
    Operating weight 54,900 - 75,600 kg
    Engine output (ISO 9249) 240 kW / 326 PS
    Emission stage Tier 3
    Backhoe bucket capacity 1.65 - 2.70 m³

    Demolition and sorting grapples are designed for both recycling and handling operations. Depending on the type of work involved, they can be fitted to the excavator range for materials handling technology from 22 to 60 tonnes operational weight, and that makes easy work of sorting, loading, or demolition. One special version of the demolition and sorting grapple is the rock grapple, with a special shape that makes it ideal for the placement and loading of rocks.*

Detail
MAN TGX XXL rigid tractor
This Herpa model is of the TGX with the big V8 engine. The cab is set upon a highly detailed four-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, but I did not. Under the cab is a basic engine. The cab tilts forward.

The chassis is very detailed with the frame, battery box, fuel tanks, transmission, drive shaft, differential, axles, and suspension; topside is a fifth-wheel and the detailed cab. Like a brow atop the windshield is a sunscreen. On the top of the cab are two warning beacons. The front bumper can have a heavy-duty hitch attached.

Behind the cab is a stack of apparatus that includes a diesel tank, hydraulic reservoir, tank for the trailer hydraulics, and cooling system for the torque converter and the engine.

The front and second axles can be made steerable with a Herpa steering kit. Each of the 12 wheels has rubber tires and plastic hubcaps. They display good detail.

The windshield and windows are free of distortion. You can see the nice interior. Inside of the cab is detail almost worth popping the cab off for, with bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing. The cab tilts forward to expose a detailed engine.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and tinted clear lenses detail the signals, tail lights and beacons. The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield.

Four mirrors can be attached to the cab, a pair of side view mirrors, and two mirrors to reveal the blind areas in front of, and to the right side of, the cab. These are delicate parts on their own sprue. The plastic is slightly flexible. Carefully cut those from the parts tree or you can remove the mounting pegs; carefully fit them into the specific pre-drilled holes and slots. The mirror that extends to the front of the truck is not obvious how to mount it. Perhaps Herpa should provide some mounting instruction in the box or on-line?

Goldhofer trailer
This heavy duty centipede is a modular, multi-functional heavy-duty trailer unit which consists of four sections, including two wheel units with a total of 10 dual paired axles holding 80 wheels! The lowboy side ramps can be pulled out from the center beam.

The sections are held together with metal pins. It also has non-functioning hydraulic tubes to lower the gooseneck. Above it is bed for tools, supplies and for this model, a removable counterweight against the heavy tank.

The excellent clear lenses used for lights on the tractor are not used for the brake and signal lights on the trailer - they are not even painted on. Disappointing!

Liebherr 954
Like the semi-truck this crawler excavator is also crisply molded and well detailed. The tracks are rubber. The cab and rotating platform (called a "house") sits atop an undercarriage. Separate handles and other components are attached. The articulated boom can be raised, lowered, and extended, as can the dipper. The rotating demolition/recycling grab opens and closes.

Flexible plastic control hoses span between the house and the boom.

A nice interior is easily seen through the large windows around the cab. I did not attempt to open it but the interior can be accessed if one wants to put in the effort.

This transport vehicle and Liebherr make an impressive model, even within the "3-foot rule."

Painting and Lettering
Herpa's finishing of these models is excellent. It is difficult to tell which parts are painted and which are molded in color.

Printing is exceptional. "Max Bögl" and contact information is printed crisply and fully legible. The MAN and V8 emblems are coated with chrome.

The finish of the set is very impressive.

Conclusion
Herpa's MAN TGX XXL 640 lowboy semitrailer with Liebherr 954 with sorting Grabs "Max Bögl" is an impressive model that can dominate a diorama scene or one's display shelf. The model features excellent detail, both cosmetic and functional, i.e., the articulated trailer wheelsets and the gooseneck. The Liebherr 954 is a functional and detailed vehicle in its own right. The finish of all the components are equally exceptional.

I think Herpa neglected the brake lights on the trailer, and this detracts from the model.

In spite of that, this is another marvelous model by Herpa and should dominate a 1/87 scene, diorama, model railroad layout, or display shelf. Highly Recommended.

Please remember to tell Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
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SOURCES

‡. MAN Group. MAN TGX 18.480 4x2 BLS. [http://iaa2012.mantruckandbus.com/en/truck-en/man-tgx-18-480-4x2-bls.] 2012.

†‡. MAN. MAN TGX – the large-scale solution for heavy-duty transport. [http://www.truck.man.eu/de/en/building-site-and-heavy-duty/tgx/overview/Overview.html]. 2016.

* Goldhofer AG. Type THP. [Web.] n.d.

https://www.liebherr.com/en/usa/products/construction-machines/earthmoving/crawler-excavators/details/69310.html


*Demolition and sorting grapple. Attachments for material-handling technology. Liebherr. https://www.liebherr.com. n.d.


https://www.liebherr.com/shared/media/corporate/images/events/intermat-2015/exhibits-intermat-2015/intermat-2015-material-handling-equipment/intermat-2015-material-handling-equipment-downloads/liebherr-intermat-2015-attachments-for-material-handling-technology-download-en.pdf

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Imposing model - two-in-one - with high detail, excellent finish, adjustable positional parts, and realistic headlights.
Lows: The brake and signal lights on the trailer are not even painted on.
Verdict: Another marvelous model by Herpa and should dominate a 1/87 scene, diorama, model railroad layout, or display shelf. Highly Recommended.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 307277
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 06, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.46%

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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...

Copyright ©2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.



Comments

Cool review Fred. Thanks. I am one of those people that like seeing pieces of heavy equipment going down the road on the back of truck. Members of my family have been and are heavy equipment operators so I guess I just can't help but take a look when I see something like that. Thanks again, Randy
SEP 09, 2019 - 04:42 AM
   

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