by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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Mercedes-Benz sprinter 2013 bus high roof
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2014 / 01-02
Mfg. ID: 091121
This review examines the new Herpa release of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz high roof Sprinter bus. It is one of 211 Sprinter models and more than 1,880 M-B models currently offered by Herpa.
SprinterThe 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 The first generation Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van.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.
Dealer showroomThis Merecedes-Benz Sprinter is factory assembled and ready to go. It’s 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 is a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.
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.
Side view mirrors are boxed attached to their sprue. The model has slots where these are inserted, and it is a simple process.
Detail and TrimHerpa’s interior is almost worth popping the cab off for. Inside are bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift and dashboard! Nine passenger seats are in the back.
The underbody is a basic representation molded with low recess and relief detail. All detail is molded on.
Herpa's tires are soft plastic tires slipped over the plastic rims. The tires have no tread detail.
Individual clear and tinted lenses simulate the headlights and tail lights.
Paint and markingsThis model is molded in color. I can not find any part of this model that is painted other than the Mercedes-Benz logos.
Drive on!Collectors of modern minivans and model railroaders of this era will appreciate this model. It is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior are impressive. However, the underbody is a single part featuring molded-on detail and there is no tire tread detail.
Overall this is a nice HO scale modern M-B Sprinter bus. Recommend.
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