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HO scale
MAN TGX Mini Container
MAN TGX XLX rigid tractor with box trailer '"Schneider Lippstadt"'
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Summary
This is Herpa's recent release of the MAN TGX XLX rigid tractor with box trailer "Schneider Lippstadt". Herpa writes;
    New type! The fairground ride Pirates Adventure is operated by Michael Schneider from Lippstadt. The fleet of this carney also includes this MAN TGX rigid tractor with box trailer which is released as new type in the Herpa range.

Herpa currently catalogs 1,053 models of MAN vehicles, 96 TGX XLX models and accessories, and 13 Fun Fair Operator models.

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

the model
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. This arraignment is surprisingly durable past shipping boxes have occasionally been partially crushed in transit, and although a model box was mashed, the model was not damaged. Nicely done, Herpa!

Except for one exception, I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. There is a slight sink mark atop the air intake behind the cab. 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.

A pack of three sprues of optional parts is included. These are the side mirrors, bumpers, and stacking footers for the container.

MAN TGX XLX rigid tractor
The cab is set upon a highly detailed two-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 hood there is represented the engine.

Container
This small container has molded detail for a back door but the raised outline is almost imperceptible. The cube is supposed to be removable and snaps off.

Detail
Herpa put a good amount a detail underneath the hood and chassis. The engine and transmission are represented. Back from them extends the drive shaft - detailed with universal joints - to the rear axle. Fuel tanks and air reservoirs are molded onto the frame. If you acquire the optional steering set then front wheels can be made to steer.

The cab raises so you can see the nicely detailed one-piece engine. Cab interior consists of two seats, a center console, shifts, dashboard, and steering wheel.

Atop the cab are tinted clear plastic beacon lights. Headlights are simulated with chromed faces and brake lights are simulated with red-tinted clear lenses.

Soft rubber-plastic tires are fit upon styrene hubs. Those wheels are very detailed with rim bolts and tire treads.

Herpa molds the optional mirrors and accessories in a firm yet malleable plastic. They made preformed mounting holes to attach the parts into. The parts are fine and delicate yet usually not fragile with careful handling. All simply snap into place although glue will, of course, keep them permanently.

Livery
Herpa molded this vehicle in color and also painted carney Zimmer's unique Pirate Adventure livery. On the nose the MAN logo is chromed. Many markings decorate the truck.

All paint and printing is crisp, opaque, and fully legible. No decals - Herpa does not use decals.

Off the lot!
This is a neat HO model of a modern truck seen around carnivals and fairs. It features sharp printing, detailed vehicle, clear lenses. A good amount a detail underneath the hood and chassis. The engine and transmission are represented as is the cab interior.

Modelers of modern railroad layouts or collectors of these vehicles have a fine model to enhance their collection. I recommend Herpa's MAN TGX XLX rigid tractor with box trailer "Schneider Lippstadt".

We thank Herpa for sending this model for review. Please tell them and retaiers that you saw it here - on RailRoad Modeling.

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp printing, detailed vehicle, clear lenses. A good amount a detail underneath the hood and chassis. The engine and transmission are represented.
Lows:
Verdict: Modelers of modern railroad layouts or collectors of these vehicles have a fine model to enhance their collection.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 303729
  Suggested Retail: $32.50, 24.50
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 02, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Germany
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...

Copyright 2017 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.


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