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DER MASS:STAB June 2015
DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine Issue 3 June 2015
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

DER MASS:STAB
DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine is Herpa's bimonthly flagship publication promoting their models as well as general modeling subjects. This is Issue 3/June 2015 for June - July 2015.
    A great magazine for all those who love our car and truck models: read all about Herpa, our new releases, and other interesting articles about diorama building, the big originals, and lots of other related topics. A great source of information for all 1/87 scale fans.
    - Herpa


Inside
MASS:STAB editor Oliver Kaschel pens an editorial which sets the agenda 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
Ice-Princess - the New Finn Truck: feature essay of a Scania semi-truck custom painted with a Nordic theme of snowscapes, culture and fantasy. The truck is modeled by Herpa as item 304 429.

CONVERSIONS / UMBAU
1. Giant on wheels: modeller Oke Klingenberg converts stock models into heavy traction machines to haul a 450 ton generator up a mountain.

2. Peters Werkzeugkiste (Peters Toolbox), Peter Post Tools: Modeling tools by Peter Post.

3. Peters Werkzeugkiste, The Gras-Master 2.0 by NOCH: using the NOCH electrostatic Gras-Master to create realistic grass on a diorama.

NEUHEITEN / NEWS
New for July and August 2015: Pending releases for July and August are showcased including a quartet of Volvo semi-tractors, MiliTanks, a telescoping ladder fire trucks, the Citroen 2 CV, emergency response vehicles, heavy transport trucks, and more components for the giant Liebherr crane.

REPORTING
1. With the Oldies Through France / Mit Dem Oldie Durch Franken: Herpa participated in the Metz classic car rally. Herpa's VW Beetle, drivers, and other racers are featured. Herpa makes a special edition model, an Opel Kadett.

2. Herr Über 1.000 Züge / Mr. More than 1,000 trains. A gigantic model railroad.

Sammeln / Collectibles
As England yet Swings - The Minix Models from Tri-ang / Als England Noch Swingte - Die Minix-Modelle Von Triang: another look at vintage models, this time the vintage 1/76 (OO scale) UK automobiles from Britain, imported by Herpa.

DIORAMA
1. Fast Food in the USA: a highly detailed diorama of a desert divided highway and a Taco Bell. Road vehicles, structures, people and scenery are displayed. A fine diorama by Stefan Faulstich.

2. Structure Stress With Looping / Aufbaustress Mit Dem Looping: Nico Bundt's big diorama of a circus setting up a loop ride and other rides.

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.

Neues vom Modellautomarkt / News from the model car market
This is a new section presenting competitors' models: Brekina; Busch; Heico; Preiser; Rietze; Wiking.

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: 013150206990
  Suggested Retail: $9.50
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 28, 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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