created a new model of the Volkswagen Touran
. It is one of four Tourans in the catalogue, and one of 271 other VW models. This model is VW Touran, pacific blue metallic
, item 038492
The Volkswagen Touran (Typ 1T) is a compact MPV based on a vertically stretched fifth generation Volkswagen Golf Mk5, and sold in Europe and other select markets. It was launched in 2003 to fill a gap in Volkswagen's model lineup, below the Sharan large MPV. The vehicle is delivered in five- or seven-seat versions. It can be considered an extended version of the Golf Plus, since their front ends are similar in size, while the Touran's rear overhang is 200 mm (7.87 in) longer (and therefore a seven-seater, while the Golf Plus is a five-seater).*
In The Box
This neat little minivan is packed in a Herpa plastic carton. They do a great job of protecting the models. A holographic license is on the box.
This little Touran is expertly molded with no visible flaws. It has fine raised or recessed detail, as appropriate. Herpa mounts it on hybrid plastic-rubber tires. The clear parts for windows and lights are clear with no distortion.
The first thing I saw about this model is the fine exterior detail. It has fine grille detail. Herpa writes
...detail like the roof racks were printed individually the trims underneath the bumper were embossed.
The tires have some tread detail. Crisp molding sets off the hubcaps.
Herpa applied separate side view mirrors and an internal rear view mirror!
Herpa uses plain and tinted clear plastic for headlamps and brake lights. Running lights are painted on.
Fine exhaust ports peek out from under the back bumper. Fine wipers are molded on the base of the windscreen.
Inside the car is an amazingly detailed interior with consoles, seats, steering wheel, console and dashboard.
The level of detail of this model is impressive.
Paint and markings
Herpa does not use decals. The VW emblem and the Touran
tag on the back are sharply painted. It appears the nice finish is sprayed on. It is smooth and opaque. Fine chrome is painted around the windows, bumpers, grille and exhaust ports. Herpa calls the pretty color pacific blue metallic
. No other colors are shown on their website.
ConclusionVW Touran, pacific blue metallic
is a fine model of a modern European family vehicle. Herpa has packed it with a lot of detail - interior and exterior. I appreciate the clear and tinted lenses for lights.
The only things I would like to see are more chassis detail and full tire tread detail.
Modern model railroaders and car collectors should appreciate this model. It is a fine model of a modern European family vehicle.
Please remember to tell Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on
* Wikipedia. Volkswagen Touran
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