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HO scale
M-B Zetros with Rear Crane
Mercedes-Benz Zetros pick-up truck with rear loading crane
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

introduction
This review is of Herpa's new model Mercedes-Benz Zetros pick-up truck with rear loading crane. As item 304665 it is part of the series Construction Vehicles.
    New type! This three-axle Mercedes-Benz Zetros of the heavy construction vehicle series enhances the Herpa range with a new bed and rear loading crane. - Herpa


Mercedes-Benz Zetros...

...is a conventional truck debuted at Interschutz 2010 in Leipzig. Mercedes-Benz premiered the Zetros as a fire engine. The heavy conventional truck Zetros, latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz fire brigade program, was primarily developed for the military market and is available as a two- or three-axle all-terrain vehicle.

A 6-cylinder in-line engine with charge-air cooling (OM 926 LA) 326-horsepower 7.2-liter powers Zetros. There are two transmission choices: a hydraulic Mercedes-Benz G 131 transmission with 8 forward gears and a low-geared crawler gear, or an optional six-speed Allison 3000 automatic transmission. The Zetros also gets three mechanical differential locks as standard to tackle the toughest terrain.

Zetros feature a reinforced frame:
    Optimum frame conditions for off-road assignments. Based on the Actros Bau straight frame, a sturdy, durable ladder-type frame with open C-section longitudinal members and bolted C-section transversal members was designed. Inner reinforcements ensure maximum load-bearing capability. The frame front end, too, was redesigned to enable attachment of equipment for towing or lifting the vehicle. In addition, the frame concept enables a high degree of flexibility for implement attachment. The Zetros offers numerous individual body and superstructure variants (available in PDF).

    The new Zetros is available in a two-axle version, the Zetros 1833 A 4x4, with a 4800 mm wheelbase, and a three-axle version, the Zetros 2733 A 6x6, with a wheelbase of 4750 mm 1450 mm. Chassis weights are 8.1 t and 10.5 t, respectively, with permissible gross vehicle weights of 16/18 t and 25/27 t, respectively. The standard platform reaches a length of 5.1 m (2-axle version), or 6.2 m (3-axle); other vehicle dimensions can be provided on request.
    [1]


Herpa Zetros
Herpa introduced Zetros in
DER MASS:STAB 2/2011
as the cover story. Zetros models are produced by Cursor-Modelle; the company utilizes Herpa components.

Your Zetros is mostly factory assembled - you must attach the optional mirrors to the cab. Itís securely packed in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a cellophane window, and opens via tabs at each end. The tray has a slot for the mirrors, and slots for your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. This model departs from previous packaging in that Herpa secured the mirrors in the slot with tape. A holographic Daimler licensing label is on one flap.

The model is skillfully molded and assembled with almost no blemishes but it is not flawless. There is a rough burr (from removing the part from its sprue) above the rear wheels; both stabilizing struts are too short to touch the ground.

Doors, hoods, and access panel lines are defined with recessed lines. The grille is not molded open. Towering behind the right fender is the air intake.

A heavy-duty bed tops the rear.

Rubber tires with sharp detail mounted on detailed hubs support the model. Michelin is molded on the sidewalls. The front wheels can be made to steer if you acquire Herpaís optional steering set.

Details...
The model features headlights, parking lights, and warning beacons of appropriately tinted clear lenses. However, the tail lights are simulated with gloss paint. Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, console and seats; this detail can be seen through the windows if you try hard enough.

Exterior detail includes separate sideview mirrors. Windshield wipers detail the windshield. Underneath the vehicle is a chassis of simplified basic detail and a spare tire.

The crane is more than basic. Nicely detailed, it can be raised, lowered, pivoted, and extended to do what needs to be done.

Jutting out from the crane base are the two aforementioned stabilizers. The legs can be pulled down; extending the legs reveals another problem, the stems are too short, pulling all the way out of the tube and dropping to the ground. These features need some tweaking at the factory.

Finish and Markings
The model is molded in orange and black with silver painted wheel hubs. The grille sports a chromed Mercedes-Benz emblem but there is no black interior. Zetros is also printed in chrome on the front. Herpa does not used decals.

Summary
Zetros is a big vehicle. This imposing model captures the brawny character of the vehicle. Overall the detail is sharp. I appreciate the rubber heavy tires and the detailed cab. The positionable crane is great.

The short stabilizing struts are disappointing. As is the simplified underside and the painted rear lights.

Overall this model captures the feel of the imposing construction truck. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RailRoadModeling.

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Reference

[1]. "Unimog and Zetros." n.p. Mercedes-Benz UK. n.d. 19 Mar. 2012.
SUMMARY
Highs: Positionable articulated crane; tinted clear lenses for warning lights. Reasonable surface detail.
Lows: Basic underside detail, painted running lights. Stabilizing struts are too short.
Verdict: Zetros is a big vehicle and this imposing model captures the brawny character of the vehicle and the positionable crane enhances the appeal. It should please model railroaders needing a modern construction vehicle on their layout.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 304665
  Suggested Retail: 34,50 Euro
  Related Link: Mercedes-Benz Zetros
  PUBLISHED: Jul 05, 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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