by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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MAN TGS LX Euro 5 Dumper Semitrailer
Type: TGS LX
Series: Construction vehicles
IntroductionThis review examines the new Herpa release of the MAN TGS LX Euro 5 Dumper Semitrailer with a redesigned and modern Schmitz tipping trailer. The trailer can be tilted and features individually inserted tail lights. Herpa currently lists 978 Herpa MAN models, 34 TGS LX types, and 288 construction vehicles.
MAN TGS LXRolled out to the public in 2007 the MAN TGS and flagship TGX of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Trucknology® Generation series replaces the TGA. TGS is designed to carry heavy loads for three categories: distribution, traction, long-haul.
MAN TGS series is a family of rigid and articulated trucks for load capacities of 18-41 tons. The vehicles are powered by 4 or 6-cylinder MAN engines of the D20 or D26 series generating from 320 HP up to 540 HP (397 KW), connected to an advanced MAN transmission. MAN constructs the frame in a ladder design supported by 4X2 and 6X4 axle configurations. This Herpa model is of the TGS 18.480 with a D2676 Common Rail 353 kW/480 hp engine. Transmission is the MAN TipMatic® with ZF Intarder.
For driver comfort MAN many offers several cab options. The LX cab is designed as a workplace with living comfort with a low cab weight for high payload. It features a bunk bed and optional storage compartment , plus room for standing height in front of the co-driver’s seat.
MAN TGS LX with Schmitz tipping trailerThis MAN TGS LX Euro 5 Kipp-Sattelzug - "Semi trailer end dump truck" in the USA - model is fully assembled (except for four optional mirrors) and securely packed in a form-fitted light plastic cradle, packaged in Herpa's red light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. Included are four optional separate external mirrors plus an extended tipping cylinder. These are held in wells molded into the cradle specifically for them; Herpa also molded finger grips to help you extract the cradle. Nice!
I cannot find any flaws in the molding nor assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. The chassis is very detailed with the frame, battery box, fuel tanks, transmission, drive shaft, differential, axles, and suspension. The front axle can be made steerable with a Herpa steering kit. Topside is a fifth-wheel with a finely molded handle. A detailed cab crowns the semitractor. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. All of the wheels have rubber (soft plastic?) tires and injection-molded hubcaps.
The Schmitz semidumper locks into the fifth-wheel and its rear gate is positional.
DetailingIndividual clear lenses simulate the headlights and tinted clear lenses detail the tail lights, both on the tractor and on the trailer. Lenses on a trailer are rare in my Herpa experience and I compliment them for this model! Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the detailed rims and they display good tread detail.
Windshield wiper detail are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield.
The model has slots in the cab where the optional separate mirrors are inserted. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process if you are careful. No mirror face is chromed to simulate a reflecting surface. You are a modeler - you should have paint.
Inside the cab is detail almost worth popping the cab off for: bucket seats, steering wheel, console, stick shift, dashboard detailing. You can do so if you want to detail the interior but you need a delicate touch to avoid damaging the cab and windows.
The cab can be removed to expose a single-piece D2676 Common Rail engine with good detail. All Herpa semis with engines which I have previously reviewed feature cabs that tilt on hinges or pintles. While authentic and offering dioramaists accuracy, it usually entails delicate removal of part of the grille and lower body combing. With this model you simply remove the MAN emblem portion of the grille and then lift the cab off.
This is a nifty heavy-duty dump trailer. It has a safety cage around a platform at the front of the open-box dump bed. The trailer does not otherwise have much detail other than the wheels. It does raise and lower, with an optional extended hydraulic ram lift arm to hold the dump box up. After complimenting the use of tinted lenses for the brake signals, I noticed that, also unusual for Herpa, the landing gear does not extend.
Livery and FinishThe model features a high quality plastic finish. Components are molded in color MAN’s emblem is chromed, Herpa does not use decals. Herpa refers to the bright yellow-orange finish as a “neutral-color.”
ConclusionThis MAN TGS LX with Schmitz tipping trailer is finished and detailed to a high standard. It features good plastic detail. It has a detailed underbody, lenses for lights, a detailed interior which is visible through clear windows, and a removable cab to reveal the D2676 engine.
While the tinted lenses on the trailer are a surprise, the non-extending landing gear is a disappointment.
I think this is an impressive HO model of a modern semitrailer end dump truck. Collectors of the MAN TGS and heavy dumpers will be very happy. This model will be very popular on modern railroad layouts and for modern dioramaists. Recommended.
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