IntroductionBüssing 8000 box trailer "Wandt"
is a new model featuring a new cabin and new box superstructure on the truck. The Büssing 8000 is a utility vehicle classic of the 1950s with a three-axle box trailer. This model is one of 58 models in the Wandt range of Herpa models, and one of 319 offerings of their Vintage Car series.
Büssing was building trucks prior to the First World War. Büssing fielded many buses and heavy-duty trucks.
After World War II civilian production resumed with 5-tonne and later 7-tonne trucks. In 1950, the company name became Büssing Nutzkraftwagen GmbH and production was concentrated on underfloor-engined trucks which were to become the firm's specialty. Most tractor units and all normal-control trucks had vertical engines. - Revell
Payload for the Büssing 8000 was 8 tons, hauled by a 180 hp 6-cylinder engine.
Büssing 8000 box trailer "Wandt"
The model features excellent clean, crisp molding. Detail is sharp. Tires are made of a plastic-rubber composite. I found no flash, ejector marks, seam lines or de-sprue burrs.
Except for the two side mirrors, the models are fully assembled, including the loading gauge staffs. The trailer connects to the box truck with a hitch.
Each tire features full tread detail. The chassis and underframe includes the frame and a combination of molded (transmission, springs, axles) and individually applied parts (exhaust pipe and muffler). This underframe detail has a departure from past Herpa practice, the front axle is secured by an old-fashioned method - a molded gob of plastic; past tracks have the option to use a Herpa optional set to articulate the wheels.
Moving up, the body and cab are one-piece parts. So is the trailer body. Two small side mirrors are packed in a separate plastic baggies. They attach into slots molded into the cab. Hood and louver detail is molded on. As is the chrome trim strips and grab handle near the cab doors. Inside the cab is a steering wheel and basic detail. It is almost invisible through the clear yet small windows. That windshield has wipers molded on it.
Hinge and lock detail on the cargo doors on the rear of the truck and trailer are molded on. They are sharp and fine.
Herpa mounted width gauge poles on the fender, also headlamps with clear lenses. The grille appears to be separately applied.
Unfortunately, there are no rear nor brake lights lenses. The mud flaps are very thick.
This model features quite a bit of detail. Some details are simplified and some items are over-scale. Still, this is a good looking model, even up close.
Herpa decorated Büssing 8000 box trailer "Wandt" with both paint and molded-in-color plastic. It looks like the green color is the plastic and the beige is paint. That paint is smooth, opaque, and does not obscure detail. The chrome trim strips and red stripes are are finely painted with razor sharp edges. The red chassis is molded in color.
Wandt logos and licensing data is printed on and that printing is incredibly sharp. Look closely and you will see that Adalbert Wandt
has back shadowing. Herpa does not use decals.
Paint and lettering of this set is exceptional.
Herpa's Büssing 8000 Box Trailer
is a very appealing model of a heavy truck and trailer that was common in Reconstruction Germany. The models feature top-notch detail and fantastic paint and markings. Paint and lettering of this set is exceptional. The clear lenses on the headlamps enhance the model as much as lack of brake lights detract from it. Full tread detail on the rubber-plastic tires really adds to the authenticity of the model.
The front axle is secured by an old-fashioned method. No rear nor brake light lenses are detractors.
Regardless, this Vintage Car series semi-truck combination is a very impressive pair of models. Modelers of 1950s Europe should appreciate this set. Whether it is part of a model railroad layout or the collection of HO scale vehicles, it is a wonderful model set. Recommended.
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