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Book Review
DER MASS:STAB February 2015
DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine Issue 1 February 2015
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

DER MASS:STAB
DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine is Herpa's bimonthly flagship publication presenting their models as well as general modeling subjects. This is Issue 1/February 2015 for January-February 2015 .

Inside
MASS:STAB editor Oliver Kaschel pens an editorial which 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.

COVER STORY
Powerhouse Stars / Kraftprotz mit stern: feature essay of Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs tractors hauling oversize wind turbine generator tower loads on heavy duty trailers. The trucks are showcased as well as the models made by Herpa.

CONVERSIONS / UMBAU
1. Roadways in Modeling, Part 1: Asphalt Roads: modeler Bruno Kaiser shows how to model realistic asphalt highways. Demonstrated are sub roadbeds, the paved surfaces, signs, markings, shoulders, grass alongside, and populating the scene with vehicles, people and livestock.
2. A Giant Moves: assembling and animating Herpa’s big wind turbine and Liebherr LR crane. These models are up to 4 feet tall!
3. Trucking Around Paper: creating models with 3D printing.
4. Simulation Games: How to open up a model semi-trailer and show the contents.

NEUHEITEN / NEWS
1. Toy Fair '15 - A Preview : Herpa’s participation and 1/43 & 1/87 presentations at the Nuremberg Toy fair are previewed.
2. New for march and April 2015: Pending releases for March and April are showcased. For the Eastern Nostaligia series, two motorcycles with sidecars are presented for Eastern German police, plus an East German postal vehicle.
3. For You View : Creating a barrel roof Hall diorama diorama.

REPORTING
Herpa trucks at Karneval: Herpa participated in the Aachen Carnival with a special Festwagen / Festival truck. Also, seven trucks with the elaborate Herpa murals showed up for display.

Sammeln / Collectibles
Danish Flair and Dutch Perfection – The Story of the Brand Tekno: another look at vintage models, this time looking at Tenko vintage cast metal automobiles from Denmark and Holland, imported by Herpa.

DIORAMA
The Good Old Rest Plaza: a large and detailed highway rest stop. Road vehicles, structures, people and scenery are displayed. A fine diorama by Uli Slovig.

Service
The final section presents magazines and catalogues, For Sale/Wanted ads, a calendar, back issues of Der MASS:STAB – 1985, 1995, 2005, book reviews, and a preview of the next issue.

Summary
Herpa has published another wonderful magazine for models. It shows products, modelers, techniques, new ideas, new processes – who could ask for more? The only problem aside from it is a German language magazine and unless one speaks or reads German at a high level, some things will be missed. Also, some of the article titles in the table of contents are different from the titles of the article page.

Overall, a fine and useful magazine for models with an interest in subjects produced by Herpa, and for general modeling.

Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this magaizine here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: High quality photography and subjects.
Lows: You must be fluent in German to understand it all.
Verdict: DER MASS:STAB is a high quality magazine with much to be enjoyed even if you do not read German.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 013150206976
  Suggested Retail: $9.50
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  PUBLISHED: May 15, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  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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