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Book Review
DER MASS:STAB 6/2013
DER MASS:STAB 6/2013 Modellfahrzeug-Magazin
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

introduction
Six times a year Herpa publishes their flagship magazine DER MASS:STAB Modellfahrzeug-Magazin. Issue 6/December 2013 is full of interesting and detailed models in HO, N and even O scale, plus modeling stories for autumn.

DER MASS:STAB - Herpa's Cars & Truck Model Magazine is Herpa’s ambassador to the modeling world:

    ...an ideal magazine for all hobbyists. You will find lots of interesting information about Herpa and our new releases in this magazine designed for experienced collectors, model builders, and car enthusiasts. Diorama fans will discover intriguing articles as well. Entertaining and exciting stories about the original cars and trucks, and other interesting topics dealing with 1/87 scale models make this magazine a great treat for all Herpa fans.

    DER MASS:STAB is published six times a year. You can subscribe to it, or buy it from selected news stands in German railway stations, or from hobby shops around the world.
    - Herpa

First, an editorial by MASS:STAB editor Oliver Kaschel sets the tone for the magazine. Next is an update of Herpa Car Club News announcing winners of the year’s specials, plus the new releases, including the M-B Actros GigaSpace semitruck of company Schmidt-Gevelsberg. Only 500 of these gems will be available to club members (Item: 913881). Next, news that DER MASS:STAB will also be available on-line as an iPad app. Also, lists of shows and conventions.

TITELSTORY / COVER STORY
Bretagne-Express: a big Scania semitrailer of transporter company Naber Transport with special "FERNFAHRER" script is explored. Photos include inside the cab.

NEUHEITEN / NEWS, January/February 2014
New Herpa models to be released in January and February presented. This includes the new Private Collection Scania R ’09 TL semi tractor “Power eagle” of Trio-Trans. Many others are shown: GAZ Warsaw pact vehicles; Framo light trucks; Zundapp Janus; ambulances; circus trucks; varieties of specialized trailers; fire trucks, police cars; small private cars; construction trucks; special edition machines; unassembled vehicle Minikits; new Minitanks.

REPORTAGE / REPORTING
IFA-L60: Innen Neu, Aussen Alt (IFA-L60: New Interior, Old Exterior)
: big IFA semi trucks of East Germany.

UMBAU / CONVERSIONS
a. Framo Auf Liefertour (Framo On Delivery Tour): a diorama of a Framo V901 at a small factory in East Germany.
b. Eine (Fast) Unendliche Geschichte. Teil 3: Mercedes-Benz Atego 1428/Ziegler HLF 20/16 (An (Almost) Never Ending Story. Part 3 Mercedes-Benz Atego 1428/Ziegler HLF 20/16): a fire station and equipment ready for action with a super-detailed M-B Atego fire truck!
c. Das Liebe Vieh (The Lovely Brute): customizing semi-trucks.
d. Fine Scale in HO: Amazingly detailed model trucks.

Neu Von Herpa
Formneuheiten Herbst 2013: new releases including Mercedes-Benz Sprinter; M-B Econic; Audi A3 Sportback “G-tron”; M-B GLA; Audi A3 Cabriolet.

DIORAMA
Die Rhatische Bahn in HO (The Rhätische Railway in HO):
an amazing super detailed HO mountain railroad layout by modeler Karl-Ernst Klee.

Frau Holles Geschenk (Mrs Holles Gift): a spectacular city square winter scene.

Finally: a section on book reviews, upcoming events, previewing the next DER MASS:STAB, and Herpa Club news. Herpa announces DER MASS:STAB is available on CD. Also editorials, comments, plus:
Catalogues for Modelers

SERVICE
Wanted and For sale items, model shows and events calendar, and book reviews.
FORUM: Club news!

We thank Herpa for providing this issue of DER MASS:STAB for review! Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here – on Railroad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent product photography and modeling stories.
Lows: Only printed in German.
Verdict: Herpa’s ambassador to the modeling world inspires and informs.
  Scale: N/A
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 22, 2014
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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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...

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