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First Look Review
HO scale
Audi Q7
Audi Q7 2015
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

introduction
Audi has released a 2015 model of their Q7. Herpa has released a model of it: Audi Q7 2015, item 038447. Herpa announces;
    New type! To better display the numerous mounted parts on the model as well, the vehicle was designed even more elaborately with 28 individual components.

Herpa currently catalogs two Q7s amongst their 213 Audis.

Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005. The Q7 shares its platform and chassis with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne.*

Herpa's Q7
Herpa made this model with 28 parts. Your reviewer did not try to disassemble the model to count the individual components. It is sharply molded with no blemishes and assembled with no flaws. It features fine recessed lines to depict doors and other components. The car rides on rubber-plastic tires.

details
A nice interior can be seen through the clear windows. Seats, steering wheel, dash and consoles feature various degrees of detail. Herpa even attached a rear-view mirror to the interior.

Outside separate side mirrors are factory installed. Fine detail surrounds the windows. The grille is sharply made, too. Concave exhausts peek out from under the rear bumper.

Clear and tinted lenses simulate the head and brake lights.

There is no tread detail on the tires but the rims are sharply molded.

Detail is top-notch.

finish
Herpa finished this model with a smooth thin opaque coat of argusbraun metallic / argus brown metallic. Herpa also offers the Q7 in carrara white. Black paint simulated black chrome around the windshield and silver chrome is used, too. The Audi emblems are chromed, too. Herpa does not use decals.

packaging
The model is securely held in a fitted plastic cradle contained in a clear thin plastic box. Flimsy as it may seem, this box has successfully protected several models that suffered transit through the postal system.

conclusion
Whether or not one can identify all 28 of the individual components, Herpa has crated a fine HO scale Audi Q7. The detail is sharp. Clear and tinted lenses enhance the model. A detailed interior is impressive as are the attached mirrors. The finish is excellent.

My only complaint is the lack of noticeable tread detail on the tires.

Herpa's HO Q7 should be welcomed by car collectors and model railroaders of the modern era. It is a sharp little model of a sporty full-size luxury crossover SUV. Recommended.

Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.

SOURCE
* Audi Q7. Wikipedia. [Web]. 2 July 2015.
SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp detail with clear and tinted lenses enhance the model. A detailed interior is impressive as are the attached mirrors, and the finish is excellent.
Lows: My only complaint is the lack of noticeable tread detail on the tires.
Verdict: Herpa's HO Q7 should be welcomed by car collectors and model railroaders of the modern era. It is a sharp little model of a sporty full-size luxury crossover SUV.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 038447
  Suggested Retail: $15.00
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 01, 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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