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MAN TGM Ladder Fire Truck
MAN TGM Metz aerial ladder L32A-XS ''fire department Wolfsburg''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Introduction
MAN TGM Metz aerial ladder L32A-XS "fire department Wolfsburg" is a new model by Herpa in collaboration with superstructure manufacturer Metz.
    New type! Together with the superstructure manufacturer Metz, Herpa developed an all-new and modern turntable ladder. The cage of the new five-piece XS turntable ladder with elbow joint can also be bent on the Herpa model. The first model is realized based on the original of the fire brigade Wolfsburg.

Herpa currently catalogs 1070 MAN vehicles, 8 of the TGM series, and 526 models in their Fire Brigade series.

MAN TGM
    The MAN TGM has a number of talents. It demonstrates its numerous strengths particularly well when used on its own and when towing a trailer. Regardless of how it is used, however, its most impressive features are its high payload, large volume and optimum driving characteristics. The new design, comfortable cabs and ergonomic interior make each model in the TGM series an efficient truck.

    Thanks to its low weight, the MAN TGM can transport a higher payload. This is also made possible by its body-friendly frame design and low-consumption and extremely environmentally friendly Common Rail engines. Discover the versatility of the MAN TGM as a distribution vehicle.
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The body is an aluminium GRP safety bodywork with 6 locker rooms with roller shutters, painted RAL 3000. The vehicle is steadied by four horizontal-vertical, infinitely variable outriggers with ground pressure control.

A Metz Aerials GmbH & Co. KG turntable ladder with articulated ladder top boasts the following:
    L32A-XS, fully automatic, 5 sections, with articulated top ladder section (4.35 m long), powder-coated, RAL 7016 (anthracite)

    Working height: 32 m, cage floor height: 30 m

    CAN bus control system

    Lifting capacity lifting eye at the base ladder section: up to 4 t, at the ladder tip: up to 600 kg**


the model
Herpa packs this model in a red carton with a polystyrene film viewing window. It opens from the ends. Inside is a lightweight plastic cradle custom molded to hold the model. This system does a great job of protecting the model. Herpa also molded finger slots in the cradle for ease of extraction. Inside the box is the MAN ladder truck, a package of parts, and an instruction sheet. That package of parts holds six sprues or single parts.

The ladder truck is mostly assembled. It features excellent molding with no flash, sink marks, visible ejector marks, or mold seams. This MAN TGM rides upon a basic two axle chassis. Good detail includes the bottom of the engine and transmission, a drive shaft, and suspension springs. The front axle set up for the wheels to turn if you acquire Herpa's accessory kit.

Six plastic-rubber molded tires support the truck. Detailed styrene hubs hold the tires and mount onto the axles.

The superstructure is sharply molded and detailed with both raised and recessed panel lines and surface detail. Tinted clear styrene strobe lights set atop the cab. The unique features are the extending ladder and outriggers.

detail
All the tires have sidewall detail and the hubs have good bolt detail. Clear plastic lenses simulate headlights and blue-tinted lenses simulate flashers in the front grille. However, all of the flashers and brake lights on the rear are simulated with paint.

Inside the cab is a detailed crew compartment with seats, a steering wheel, and console.

The ladder truck is mostly assembled except for optional pieces: four mirrors; 5-part rescue cage; five lamps and a horn. Those lamps have chromed simulated lenses. These pieces are molded in a slightly flexible plastic and they are very small and delicate. The mirrors are relatively easy to mount via molded or pre-drilled holes. Just be careful not to use too much pressure or they can deform. The lamps are challenging to mount as they are hard to grasp and have small pegs for small slots.

Four positionable outriggers can be pulled out and the foot extended.

Most impressively the Metz Aerials L32A-XS turntable articulated ladder is positionable. You can rotate it, raise it, and extend the ladder. It has six telescoping components. Be careful again as it is easy to accidentally pull one segment out of the retaining segment.

The rescue cage is also tricky to assemble and attach to the ladder. It snaps onto the end of the ladder. I did not break or deform my sample but finesse is required. The red and silver striped plate snaps - with great difficulty due to precise fit - to the bottom of the cage. Next I tried to attach the side frames and the top piece. I did not succeed!

instructions, paint and markings
Herpa does not use decals. This vehicle is either molded in color or painted. The finish is smooth, opaque, and sharp. Surface detail is not obscured.

The model is decorated for the Wolfsburg fire department with a stylized wold silhouette. It is most impressive.

The small instruction sheet is useful. It features black and white images of the model with some parts emphasized for clarity. However, it is small and clarity could be better; some components are attached through trial and error.

conclusion
Herpa has created a fantastic model of a this modern ladder fire truck. It features excellent molded detail and fascinating working detail. I appreciate the clear plastic - tinted and plain - that simulates the headlights and warning beacons. That positionable Metz Aerials L32A-XS turntable articulated ladder is wonderful.

The tiny parts are difficult to handle. The instructions are useful but not as clear as I require.

Who isn't fascinated by fire trucks? I still am, and find this model to be a excellent model for modern HO layouts, collectors of fire vehicles. It is not a toy.

I happily recommend this model!
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Source

* MAN TGM in Distribution Transport, MAN Trucks United Kingdom. MAN United Kingdom, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.

** "METZ L32A - XS." METZ L32A-XS (n.d.): n. pag. METZ L32A - XS Turntable Ladder with Articulated Ladder Top. Metz Aerials GmbH & Co. KG. Web. .

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent molded detail and fascinating working detail. I appreciate the clear parts that simulate the headlights and warning beacons. That positionable Metz Aerials L32A-XS turntable articulated ladder is wonderful.
Lows: The small instruction sheet is small and clarity could be better. Tiny parts are difficult to handle.
Verdict: Who isn't fascinated by fire trucks? I still am, and find this model to be a excellent model for modern HO layouts, collectors of fire vehicles.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 091688
  Suggested Retail: 37.50EUR
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 04, 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...

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